SLIDESHOW: The Most Useful Things the World Does with Gold
Jewelry still accounts for the biggest share of demand for the precious metal. In the second quarter of 2011, jewelry makers purchased nearly half of the total gold demand of 920 metric tons, according to the World Gold Council's latest Gold Demand Trends report. Demand from investors accounted for 39% of the total. Only 13%, or 118 metric tons, went for technological and industrial uses.