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Wearing Gold

By Paul James Harrison

If gold replaced silver as the metal of choice for clothes or accessories, this was surely because it arrests the eye. Although many things may glitter, gold has also the quality of being truly valuable. One may use substitutes with the same impact on people’s senses, but when one is aware they are fake, the ego seems chastised. Even if you wear gold just because it glitters, gold clothing or accessories are meant to be also an indication of status, the token of wealth, this being the main connotation of this precious metal.

The garments of kings and queens were made of gold, apart from numberless precious stones, because they were the expression of status and the affluence of the country these kings and queens reigned in. Wealth and power were treated as being one, and this whole was that impressed the mind and the senses at the same time.

Apart from being tokens of wealth and power, gold clothing and accessories are still being purchased, but on a small, rather personal scale, subject to opportunities and means. Besides their rather limited use in high fashion designers stunning us with gold collections from time to time, retailers are selling gold clothing or accessories for special occasions, such as anniversaries, traditional weddings, etc. Gold is of course used for a casual touch of wealth in the normal course of life (gold buttons, gold zippers), just a spot of wealth or status being preferred to some obvious affluence.

It is a fact that Westerners will not display a gold opulence as the Easterners, preferring rather small symbols of status or wealth, but things are different when traveling to exotic Arabian locations, where 1001 nights seem to materialize, such as the Dubai Gold Souk. There, among the amazing number of glittering items, among negotiations and noises, everyone is able to grasp the truth that gold might mean mainly wealth, may be fashionable or imprint an air of uniqueness, but its main value is beauty for the eye, and that feature makes it the metal of choice for dressing or accessorizing.

Many other materials impress pleasantly the eye, but we not only feel the beauty but know that gold has value in itself. This double quality makes it the right option if you want to appear fashionable, rich, relevant or unique.

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Harrison, Paul J. "Wearing Gold." Wearing Gold. 25 Jun. 2010. 11 Oct 2014 <>.

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Harrison, P (2010, June 25). Wearing Gold. Retrieved October 11, 2014, from

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