It’s a busy time of year. End-of-year sales, holiday parties, and preparing for the coming year leave little room for reading in-depth articles. So we decided to serve up an Infographic for you. When you are sitting down to holiday dinner or New Year’s Day brunch, take a look at the metal on the dining room table. Those metal flatware pieces all started in the earth with ore that had to be mined. Is that fork Sterling? Stainless Steel? Gold? How about Aluminum? The primary source of aluminum — which is the most abundant metal and the third most abundant element in Earth’s crust — is an ore known as bauxite. Aluminum is used in the cans that may hold your holiday vegetables or sparkling soda. It’s found in the vehicle that you will be driving around town for shopping or parties. And yes, it has been made into forks and knives for the dinner table. In fact, aluminum was classified as a precious metal during the mid-19th century. If you were invited to Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte’s table during the late 1800’s, you would know just how important you were by looking at the place setting. Napoleon III gave aluminum cutlery to his most distinguished guests; all the other guests had to eat with gold cutlery. See this fun fact and others on the Aluminum Infographic.