Of all the material used in Jewellery, no other is quite as magnificent a national obsession as gold. Consider the facts. India holds close to one-third of the world's gold, the bulk of which is in private hands in the form of jewellery. The subcontinent has been an insatiable consumer of gold since recorded history, drawing the metal from its own mines and supplementing that with imports of bullion since Roman times. When at last the mines were played out, India continues to buy gold from elsewhere and remains to this day by far the largest buyer of the precious metal. India lead in not just consumption but fabrication as well. Once used to fashion coins as well as jewellery, and drawn out into fine thread for weaving sumptuous brocades, gold is now largely used for ornaments. It is estimated that there are about 100,000 workshops of varying size acres the country where goldsmiths works their magic to create new jewellery or remake old family jewellery into new designs.