Hmmmm-why is 10k gold valued high in North America?
We live in a capitalist system. Other cultures differ. In Italy
is it against the law to sell anything less than 18k, (they make
tons of 14 k and lower for export only), in Asia 22 and 24k are
most valued (18k is considered junk in Vietnam for instance).
The manufacturers and retailers make more profit per gram on 10
k… That is about it.
You have to balance ecomomics against culture and actual working
characteristics. In reality, 18k, 22k and 24 k are lovely
materials to work in, 14k and 10k have certain tensile strength
characteristics that are useful for given problems (catches for
instance). Value is a culture issue. The mechanics of building
something for use, for culture, and to last for generations are
another story… Charles
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