Given the size of Europe and the many different countries that exist within its borders, the dating customs from country to country vary.While in some countries the typical American idea of dating, whereby two people exclusively see each other and others know about it, does exist, it is not prevalent in all societies.A look at the top five most notable European countries shows the variance in culture.

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They would often be secreted deep in bogs and rivers as offerings to the Celtic gods.

Ancient Central American tribes also gave gold to their gods, usually throwing it into a sacred lake or river. In most cases, gold was used to create objects to beautify the courts of their chiefs and leaders.

Many countries had special workshops used exclusively for the production of gold artefacts.

The products from these workshops were often very elaborate and were primarily used for ceremonial purposes.

Gold is known to have been exported at different times, mostly from Ethiopia, Sudan and the Bantu region.

In Asian countries, gold was used in varying degrees.

Archaeologists have discovered pieces of gold jewellery in Buddhist Afghanistan dating from around the time of the birth of Christ.

Since its first appearance, gold has been a symbol of wealth and power.

Gold has fascinated most cultures around the world and the desire for it has led to the destruction of some cultures and the growth in status of others. It was believed to be the flesh of the sun god, Ra. This was considered to be very important because gold was seen as the symbol of eternal life.

People of social or religious significance were often buried in caskets inlaid with or made of solid gold.

The Ancient Irish made golden bracelets and collars (torcs, gorgets and lunula).