It is one of the most magnificent specimens of goldsmiths' and jewellers' work in existence.
Goldsmiths and jewellers work 35,000 55,000
As regards secular occupation, the present Mandaeans are goldsmiths, ironworkers, and house and ship carpenters.
A greenish alloy used by goldsmiths contains 70% of silver and 30% of gold.
It must be admitted, however, that both the tools and the processes have escaped the archaeologist, as they did "the ablest goldsmiths in Spain, for they never could conceive how they had been made, there being no sign of a hammer or an engraver or any other instrument used by them, the Indians having none such" (Herrera).