Talk:Gold (color)

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The RGB coordinates of yellow are 255 255 0. Can you define gold as a mixture of yellow and black (0 0 0) with equal amounts?? (This would be 128 128 0.) 01:58, 31 Mar 2004 (UTC)

No. Gold and silver are defined by their metallic appearance. Without its glittering, its just yellow and grey. I claim, that gold is not a color because for something to appear metallic, shining or glittering, it has to be made up of pixels of different color saturation. Anybody seconding? Sanders muc 21:14, 19 May 2004 (UTC)

I agree. Gold is no more than a lustrous yellow, as Silver is no more than a lustrous gray (though ironically... the actual element silver is much closer to a lustrous white than it is a lustrous gray). That makes it something, but it isn't a color, it is a visual phenomena. I suggest that anything connecting this to "color" is removed. --Ctachme 16:30, 23 Aug 2004 (UTC)

I also agree. You can make something look like it's gold by using shading, but you can also make brown look like fur with the same principal. That doesn't make fur a color. User:leoutskot 15:31, 18 July 2008


I noticed somebody put a school section 'schools whose colors include gold' or some such as that. I personally don't think it belongs on here because for one thing the number of schools that have a color(s) to represent themselves must be over a couple of thousand (not mentioning those that have the color gold) and for another to list them on the color page itself, this seems best suited to be on the school page (if it's not already). Just my thoughts on this.. --ImmortalGoddezz 21:54, 10 August 2006 (UTC)

I do not think it belongs there either, there are simply too many schools that use gold. I do think the mention of the color gold in school colors should be mentioned to note that that some schools in recent years have switched to a metallic gold, whole others use a non-metallic gold. I'm wearing a non-metallic gold school shirt right now, it's hard to match the color of the shirt to the color of the screen, but it looks closest to an amber.--RLent 19:37, 7 September 2007 (UTC)

School Colors[edit]

I changed the school colors to be only colleges with gold in their colors, to give a more well-known example.

Metallic Gold[edit]

Belgium and Germany the only ones with gold in their flags?[edit]

Do you mean without coat of arms? Because other nations with a coat of arms in their flags have gold. eg. Spain and Portugal... —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:34, 7 July 2008 (UTC)

The problem of the "colour/color" Gold[edit]

The appearance of the surface of a gold object perceived by the eye depends on the surface's angle with respect to the eye and the light source (the object), in other words it is like a mirror; a flat sheet of gold behaves like a flat mirror and a curved gold object (say a ring) distorts like a curved mirror. Gold and mirror (silver) ar both highly reflective. But there is one difference: gold is selective in which colours it absorbs and which it reflects, with a preference for absorbing all except a range around yellow, hence the impression of yellow where we would expect a mirror surface to show the true colour.

There is no such thing as the colour gold - hence the need to use metallic particles in gold paint to give the effect. Photographing or painting a gold object is no problem: the camera reproduces what it "sees" and the artist hopefully paints what he sees. But try photocopying a gold object.

A silver mirror is better than a gold one because it is more true in what it reflects.

P0mbal (talk) 15:22, 12 September 2009 (UTC)

The following statement in the section Gold (metallic gold) does not make sense

"The distinctive sheen of a metallic color cannot be indicated on a computer screen as the web color display process has no mechanism for indicating metallic or fluorescent colors."

because gold is an effect caused by way in which light is reflected by by an object and does not exist independently of the object. It is not a colour in the sense of blue or red. The seeing of the object (say a gold ring or even a sheet of gold leaf), or a photo of it or a painting of it recognisable as gold in the way it reflect the light on it. A mechanism is not possible because there is no such thing as gold colour. The distinctive sheen of an OBJECT can be shown however, because that is caused by different colours and shades.

Look at your gold object and the way it treats light, and think about it! Yes you can show a photo of a gold ring on your computer screen, but not "gold" in the abstract like a row of blue pixels. Get a magnifying glass and look at the pixels (or better still use your photo editor to enlarge the pixels) of the photo of the gold ring on your computer screen, you will see a lot of colours, but not any one of them is gold, nor any fixed pattern of them.

Enough said.

P0mbal (talk) 23:52, 13 September 2009 (UTC)

Passerby suggestion[edit]

Why not wiki "silver" and see how they handled it. One entry for the element and one for the color... (talk) 14:44, 18 February 2010 (UTC)

Renault F1[edit]

If anyone is interested, the color Renault F1 uses on their 2011 car is at (204, 153, 0) on the RGB color model. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:09, 15 September 2011 (UTC)

Human culture[edit]

The human culture includes many references that refer to actual god instead of the color.

Human culture[edit]

The human culture includes many references that refer to actual god instead of the color.--Commander v99 (talk) 15:25, 18 July 2012 (UTC)

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