Brief History

The first lighter was invented in 1823 by German Chemist Johann Wolfgang Doberreiner.  This lighter was portable but rather big and bulky, definitely not small enough to store in one's pocket.

Real innovation in lighters occurred with the patenting of ferrocarium in 1903.  This allowed a small flint to create many sparks.  Lighter manufacturers then started using gasoline and kerosene and creating their own brands.  This led to the manufacturing of the first gold lighters.

Gold lighters are not 100% gold (24K), as gold is soft and malleable.  Gold lighters are manufactured by alloying gold with other, stronger metals and are typically 14K gold or 18K gold.

Gold lighters are not as popular in everyday life as they used to be, however, they are still practical for smokers, and collectors have an affinity for antique gold lighters.

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