I design and sell gold jewelry and occasionally someone asks to see a piece, I hand it to them and that person hefts it their hand ( I'm assuming they are trying to gage weight). I ask, courteously, for the return of the piece and explain that I don't sell my work by weight and tell them they would probably be better served elsewhere.
When I read this, I looked again to see who had written it. Marne
Ryan said almost the exact same thing.
Here’s the thing. After I heard this from Marne, I was looking at a
piece of gold jewelry. When it was handed to me, I was pleasantly
surprised by the heft of the piece, and I bounced it in my hand in
enjoyment-- then realized that if Marne had been there, I’d have
been in trouble.
Maybe some people are mentally calculating the price per pound, but
maybe I’m not the only one who just likes the feel of a heavy piece
in my hand–though certainly not on my ears. It might be better not
to leap to conclusions and take more of a “weight and see” attitude