Gold has always been, is and will be the object of desire and a high material value - only in the past year it has increased in price by 135%. Last jump in gold prices has coincided with an annual decline of its production worldwide - by 8% since 2001. In the entire history of man only 161,000 tons of gold have been mined in the mines - and, more than half of this amount produced over the past 50 years. Collected here are photographs of people looking, mining, finding, buying and selling gold.
A visitor touches a very large pieces of gold weighing 220 kg (valued at more than 7, $ 8 million) in the museum of gold in Dzhinguashi Ruifange, Taipei, December 2, 2009.
Hava Katz - Head of the treasure of the Israeli organization of ancient finds - holds 1000 years of gold coin minted in Egypt supposedly in 1095 BC on display at the archaeological center of Davidson November 11, 2009. Coin in Jerusalem brought Muslim pilgrims.
Statue of a bird of prey of gold at an exhibition of gold and silver in the department store «Ginza Tanaka» in Tokyo October 23, 2009.
Craftsman making gold jewelry at the factory for the production of jewelry in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata November 13, 2009.
A man holding a spoon with gold leaf, which he is going to eat sushi at the award ceremony of the restaurant "Seven Samurai Sushi" in the category "Best Sushi Bar" at the Olympic venue in London on November 14, 2009. Gold leaf was an ingredient in the menu of restaurant-winner last year «Mitsunori Kusakabe».
Children from the Turkana district washed grains of gold, which help their families survive and buy the most necessary at the flea market children's products. Picture taken November 9, 2009 near Lodwar, Kenya.
Carts with bars of gold in a room for final weighing and packaging at the factory "Krastsvetmet" Krasnoyarsk November 16, 2009
Buddha statue made of pure gold in the shop «Ginza Tanaka» in Tokyo November 26, 2009.
Pedro Linares uses a calculator to find out how much the company «Fast Cash Gold Parties», for which he works, will pay for gold jewelry in the balance October 30, 2009 in Hialea, Florida. Since the price of gold remains high, the company is trying to organize the action that people were profitable to sell their unwanted gold.
Gold figurines in a shop window in Hong Kong November 17, 2009.
Colombian miners seeking the valuable metal in the river Dagan, Zaragoza province, Cauca, Colombia, November 17, 2009. About 8,000 gold prospectors work illegally on the river Dagua to feed their families.
Merchant gold weighing it in Cauca, Colombia, on November 17, 2009.
Amateur prospector David Booth poses with his findings Iron Age 4 November 2009 in Edinburgh. Booth found gold Celtic necklace on private land in Stirlingshire, these items are dated 300-100 BC Currently bracelets are under the protection of the Union hunters. Under Scottish law, all archaeological objects found will become the property of the government.
Footballer Chris Johnson with gold teeth from the team «Tennessee Titans» sitting on the bench during the match with his team «San Francisco 49ers» Park Kendelstik November 8, 2009 in San Francisco.
Gold Miner is pushing a wheelbarrow for stones that are then processed in a mine in Abangarese north of San Jose, Costa Rica, December 9, 2009. Costa Rica wants to legalize informal miners 600 small mines that produce gold in abandoned mines, using dangerous and polluting techniques.
People work in an illegal quarry, which is located in a national park near New Progremmo in the northern Brazilian state of Pará September 15, 2009.
Employee auction «Christie's» looks at the creation of Yves Klein "Relief Sponge" in London on 20 January 2010. Golden sponge will be auctioned in the section "Post-War and Contemporary Art" on February 11. It is expected that the product will be sold for 5, 7 - 8 million euros.
A model shows the Disney cartoon characters figurines "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" of pure gold worth 30 million yen (300,000 dollars), which made the company «Tanaka Kikinzoku Jewelry» in Tokyo November 4, 2009. Figurines were made specifically for the advertising campaign Blu-ray disc with a Disney cartoon.
Truck company «Caterpillar Inc.» goes on the road to gold-mining enterprise «AngloGold Ashanti Ltd. Cripple Creek & Victor »in Victor / Cripple Creek, Colorado, Nov. 5, 2009. «AngloGold Ashanti Ltd.» - the largest gold producer in Africa - bought the company «Golden Cycle Gold Corp.» in January 2008 in order to have full control over the gold mining site.
Sharon Brumley pours molten samples in molds to determine the total amount of gold on gold mining company «AngloGold Ashanti Ltd. Cripple Creek & Victor »Colorado November 5, 2009.
The mechanism for extracting coal absorbs the gold in solution of sodium cyanide at the company «AngloGold Ashanti Ltd. Cripple Creek & Victor »Colorado November 5, 2009.
Gold-plated statuettes Berlin Bear standing in a row before the International Film Festival «Berlinale» at the foundry in Berlin January 20, 2010.
Work shows a sample of rock with some copper and gold mine Oyu Tolgoi visitors in the village Khanbogd Province Umnugobi, Mongolia, November 7, 2009. Mongolia is trying to use its wealth of minerals, so that the country emerged from poverty
A woman walked by the river bank to collect dirt, which can be gold. Photographed in the county Pidie, Aceh province, Indonesia, November 2, 2009. Residents of the area, engaged in traditional zolotoiskaniem can find about 1, 5-2 grams of gold per day and earn 275,000 rupiah ($ 28).
A villager washes gold dust from sand from the bottom of the river in the district of Pidie, Aceh, Indonesia, November 2, 2009.
Bulgarian archaeologist Veselin Ignatov holds a gold-plated silver cup with an image of the Greek god of love Eros, found in the Thracian mound near the village of Karanovo, Bulgaria, November 17, 2009. A team of archaeologists led by Ignatov found a chariot, two silver cups, golden rings and jewelry, clay and glass artifacts dating from the first century BC
Illegal miners looking for gold in the mountains Tumpang Pete in Banuvangi, East Java, Indonesia, November 21, 2009. The local mine works since June 2009, and the locals have already started to protest, as the waste from the mines pollute the environment.
Illegal gold digger washes sand and mud in search of gold in the mountains Tumpang Pete in Banuvangi, East Java, Indonesia, November 21, 2009.
Japanese woman admires a gold model called "shoot to a star" at the exhibition of gold and silver in Tokyo on 23 October 2009. This luxury item is 30 inches tall, made of 15 kilograms of pure gold and worth 130 million yen (1, $ 3 million).
Molten gold and blend used for the removal of impurities, burning red flame during melting in induction melting machine at the company «Dvir & Stoler Refining» in New York on January 4, 2010.
Robert Shtoler pours molten gold into a mold at the company «Dvir & Stoler Refining» in New York on January 4, 2010.
Gold bars in the shop «Ginza Tanaka» in Tokyo October 23, 2009.
Blacksmith working on gold jewelry in the workshop in Shandigare, India, November 23, 2009.
Gold busts of (left to right) Chinese leaders President Hu Jintao, former President Jiang Zemin, late patriarch Deng Xiaoping and Mao Zedong at the exhibition of gold in Beijing November 8, 2009.
Villagers washed gold from the river near the bridge Irramaddi Bahalminhtin Miitkiyna the city, northern Myanmar, January 7, 2010.
General view of the open pit, where gold and copper mined in Orange County in Australia January 8, 2010.
Pure gold at the company «Dvir & Stoler Refining» in New York January 4, 2010.