1) An naturally occurring alloy of gold and silver. All gold ore contains some silver ranging in concentrations from 1% to 80%. Proportions of up to 20% silver produce a pale gold, or amber, color alloy and hence derived the name 'electrum' (Greek for amber). Electrum has been used for jewelry and decorative items since ancient times.
3) An old name for amber.
Synonyms and Related Terms
elektrum; électrum (Fr.); electrum (Ned.)
Sources Checked for Data in Record
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