Gold Jewellery has been used by humans since the dawn of recorded civilisation.
Gold jewellery has been found in Southern Iraq dating back to 3000 BC. The Sumer Civiliasation existed between the Rivers Tigris and Euphrates and it is here that the earliest known gold jewellery has been found.
Gold jewellery in past times was worn by the wealthiest members of the society. It was a mark of wealth and status to wear gold jewellery.
The largest market for Gold Jewellery in the world is India. In 2004 India accounted for 20% of the total global market for gold jewellery.
Purity of gold or "fineness" is designated by karatage (K); 24 karat gold is pure gold.
Gold Jewelry that is marked 10K contains less than 50% of pure gold. 10K (10 karat) gold jewellery consists of 10 parts gold, and 14 parts other metals.
12 karat gold is 50% gold and 50% alloyed metal.
Gold jewellery has been and is, worn by men and women.
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