Gold firmed up by Rs 125 to Rs 33,325 per 10 grams on Tuesday, largely on the back of sustained wedding season buying by jewellers even as it weakened to near three-week lows overseas. However, silver turned weak due to reduced off take by coin makers and consuming industries and lost Rs 250 to Rs 39,850 per kg.
Persistent buying by local jewellers, triggered by the ongoing wedding season, kept gold prices higher. Globally, gold fell 0.13 per cent to USD 1,278.90 an ounce in New York as a firmer dollar made bullion more expensive for buyers using other currencies. Silver also eased by 0.46 per cent to USD 15.26 an ounce, bullion traders said.
In the national capital, gold of 99.9 per cent and 99.5 per cent purity advanced by Rs 125 each to Rs 33,325 and Rs 32,175 per 10 grams, respectively. The yellow metal had gained Rs 40 on Monday.
Sovereign, however, remained unaltered at Rs 25,500 per piece of eight grams on scattered enquiries. In contrast, silver ready prices dropped by Rs 250 to Rs 39,850 per kg and weekly-based delivery slipped by Rs 264 to Rs 38,876 per kg. However, silver coins were unchanged at Rs 77,000 for buying and Rs 78,000 for selling of 100 pieces.