Execution by pouring molten gold down the throat of the accused
In 1599, a Spanish governor in early colonial Ecuador was executed by having molten gold poured down his throat. Native Indians of the Jivaro tribe believed that they were unfairly taxed in their gold trade and as a result, attacked the settlement of Logrono and executed the governor.
Pouring hot liquids or metals, such as lead or gold, into the mouth of a victim was a practice used by the Romans and Spanish Inquisition among others.
We have seen how gold has many unusual and surprising contemporary and historical uses and applications. Surely you will never look at a gold pair of earrings in the same way.