Edible Gold

For thousands of years, people have celebrated their wealth by cooking with it, and even eating gold. The trend of edible gold continues to this day: many culinary stores sell gold leaf, powder and ribbon, and gold is an approved food additive in the Codex Alimentarius under code E175.

Even though it has been around for so long, cooking with gold has not varied much over time. Edible gold is still a precious metal, so it’s used sparingly as a decoration to lend an air of decadence to most any dish. As such, it’s commonly used in deserts. Since gold is so valued, and edible gold is so delicate, it is often handled by skilled chefs only. Gold recipes are served around the world at certain fine restaurants, sometimes at costs of $1,000 or more per plate.

Many people may wonder “is edible gold toxic?” before having a bite of the precious metal. There has been some confusion over the issue because it really depends on which gold you eat. Soluble gold, such as gold salt, can damage the kidneys and is considered toxic. However, pure gold is not toxic when eaten because it is inert to all body chemistry (which is why it is used in dentistry). Still, for those people who have allergic skin reactions to gold, they will likely want to avoid eating it as well.

Due to the inert nature of gold, it does not actually add flavor or nutrition to gourmet recipes, but it certainly adds flare. Of course, there are better things to do with your scrap gold than molecular gastronomy. At Manhattan Gold & Silver, we can recycle gold, as well as other precious metals from your business and put it to real use. Come visit us in Manhattan’s famed Diamond District, or contact us to learn more.

What Do Pawnbrokers and Dentists Have in Common?

A pawnbroker and a dentist each walk into Manhattan Gold & Silver… Sound like the beginning of a joke?  Well it’s not. It’s a fact of doing work that results in scrap metals. The only value such metals have to most businesses is through refining them for cash. Otherwise, the precious metals will remain useless, sitting around collecting dust.

At Manhattan Gold & Silver we help our clients recover the value of the scrap precious metals that accumulate as a result of their trades—whether they are pawnbrokers, dentists or in other professions.

While those two fields couldn’t seem to be more dissimilar, they, along with jewelers, make up a large portion of our overall client base. Every day, since 1985, we have serviced clients with lots big and small and payouts based on the London Daily Fixing.

Although it may not appear so on the surface, the business process and needs of pawnbrokers and dentists really aren’t that disparate and the two do share some overlaps. Here at Manhattan Gold & Silver, we’re happy to work with both and turn their industrial residue into cash for their businesses.

Hollywood’s Love of Gold

It’s common knowledge that in times of economic crisis, the world turns to gold to find solace.  The price of gold has risen in the wake of every major economic meltdown this country has ever endured, and it continues to be used as a hedge against everything from inflation, to the stock market, to the dollar.  But when exactly was it that Hollywood jumped on the gold bandwagon?

Well, since you asked, it appears Charlie Chaplain was the first to star in a movie with “gold” in the title when Gold Rush hit the theaters back in 1925. Gold has remained a constant theme in Hollywood titles and storylines ever since. 

Some of Hollywood’s biggest and brightest names have starred in “golden” movies including Frank Sinatra in 1955’s The Man with the Golden Arm, and Marlon Brando and Elizabeth Taylor in 1967’s Reflection in a Golden Eye

Even famed comedians Eddie Murphy and Mike Myers got on board as Murphy went head to head with the spirit world in The Golden Child, and Meyers took on Dr. Evil in Austin Powers in Gold Member.

Unquestionably, however, the award for the number-one Hollywood obsession with gold goes to Ian Fleming’s James Bond franchise, where Sean Connery, Roger Moore, and Pierce Brosnan all starred as the charismatic British agent, 007, in Goldfinger, The Man with the Golden Gun, and Goldeneye, respectively.

Interestingly, in 1981, approximately one year since gold had hit its all-time high (at the time), the film On Golden Pond was released, starring big screen legends Katherine Hepburn, Henry Fonda, and Jane Fonda.  While both Katherine Hepburn and Henry Fonda took home gold statuettes for Best Actor and Best Actress, the film itself lost for Best Picture as Chariots of Fire won the Oscar. 

Not to worry though, earlier that year, the Hollywood Foreign Press had seen fit to present On Golden Pond with its own Best Picture award….A Golden Globe!