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Gold, precious yellow metal, applications of which is found in various sectors like textile, medical, information technology, space technology, etc. Gold represents royalty, purity and wealth. Every ancient civilization has adopted gold as an important and sacred element to their culture and community. 24-carat gold is the purest and softest form of gold. Generally, gold is alloyed with base metals when used in jewelry, which helps in altering in melting point, ductility and other properties. Gold with 22k, 18k, 14k, and 10 k contains higher percentages of other alloys like silver or palladium. Copper is most commonly used base metal which helps in producing redder color. Gold is available in different shapes and sizes like bars, coins, wire, and foil.
India is the world's largest consumer of gold and Indian jewelry comprises a vast and complex assortment of marvels. Traditional ornaments have a distinct cultural identity that plays a significant and fascinating role in characterizing Indian civilization.
Jewelers are part of the iconography of physical appeal. Worn by men jewelers symbolizes power and wealth, with the attendant attractions they convey. Women in Indian art and in life pursue adornment as a form of devotion to men, and with a fervency that parallels religious conviction.
Belgaum is one of the oldest towns situated in the north-west part of Karnataka. The tradition of making gold and silver jewelry is practiced from a long generation in Karnataka. Jewelry is a decorative item which is worn for personal adornment. The ancient gold mines existed in Mysore, Kolar, Hyderabad, Chota-Nagpur and Dharwad as well as other places in South India. The south Indian jewelry identity is inspired by the sculptured ornaments of the Hoysala period. Marriage and religion are inseparable in Indian culture and together provide motivation for the use of traditional ornaments. Gemstones and diamonds are used in the making of gold ornaments to enhance beauty and is also considered as a prestigious and security form against many financial crises in the country. The gold ornament's designs made in India are versatile which differs from state to state. In Belgaum beautiful traditional and contemporary jewelries are made both in gold and silver.