Kahramanmaraş takes second place after Istanbul in terms of gold workmanship. 12.5% of the gold produced in Turkey is worked in Kahramanmaraş. The term "Maraş Gold" denotes both craftsmanship and gold purity, which is preferred in Turkey. In Kahramanmaraş there are 500 retail jewelry stores and workshops process 12 tons of gold annually. This industry provides a great deal of employment and a significant contribution to the city's economy. The history of jewelry making goes back to the time of the Dulkadiroğlu when the term ‘Maraş Burması’ referred to finely spun gold.