The Gold of the Poor
Almost all the prohibitions that are implanted in Cuba begin with a rumor. Now it is the turn of surgical steel, but not the one used in instruments in surgery rooms, but the one that is used to make jewels with the appearance of gold or silver. The first consequence has been the sharp fall in prices, the second, which is expected soon, to become clandestine.
Since the beginning of 2015, Cuba has registered an unprecedented rise in the number pieces of jewelry that look like gold. Rings, chains, earrings, chokers, stones that imitate rubies: they are found in in the hands of illegal street vendors in Havana, and shown off in different social settings.
Surprisingly, it's not gold but surgical steel, a material used for industrial jewelery that has become a fashion in various countries, especially Latin America, reports the Cuban magazine 14 y Medio.
And now, faced with a possible ban on the sale of surgical steel jewelry, material prices drop sharply.