In medieval times alchemists sought the Philosopher’s Stone, a substance that was believed to be capable of transforming lesser metals into gold. Unfortunately, the Philosopher’s Stone has remained elusive, and the quest for riches turned from creating gold to finding it.
Finding gold, however, is an arduous endeavour. Those joining the hunt had to travel to the most remote parts of the world, from the Amazon jungle to the Yukon in Alaska. Once there, prospectors had to sift through tons of rubble to wash out the grains of gold that luck may have hidden there. Ultimately, only very few diggers actually became rich.