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Gold [Mar. 13th, 2017|01:13 pm]
Tony Grist
And then there's gold.

I don't hate gold. I can see why it's mythical and mysterious and special. Used in conjuction with other materials it can be very beautiful. I love medieval miniatures with their complement of gold leaf, and high status Anglo-Saxon metal work with its combination of gold and garnet but a little goes a long way. By itself its a hard, unnuanced, inhuman substance- shiny with no depth to it- even a little repulsive. There's nothing particularly lovely about a bar of the stuff. Artefacts like Tutankhamen's death mask seem excessive to me. And I loathe Versailles.

As for the propensity of the modern plutocrat to stick it on everything, on taps, toilets, the insides of lifts...words fail me...
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2017-03-13 03:27 pm (UTC)
I am not fond of yellow gold but love white gold which I know isn't "pure" but an alloy. It's just that silver is my favourite base for jewelry (which I don't wear much of anyway).
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Gold and garnet is a favourite of mine, though...the stones make the yellow gold more beautiful to me. There used to be garnet mines in Spain and I have a few garnet earrings but set in silver.

However, garishness and ostentatiousness such as 45 exhibits by putting gold and gilding all over his surroundings is repulsive.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-03-13 04:38 pm (UTC)
I prefer to wear silver too.

Same goes for Ailz.
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[User Picture]From: cmcmck
2017-03-13 04:57 pm (UTC)
I agree with you on white gold- my wedding ring is and my favourite stone being amber, it has to be silver or white gold.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2017-03-13 09:41 pm (UTC)
Our wedding rings are white gold also but lined with yellow gold. I love silver best.
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[User Picture]From: sorenr
2017-03-13 04:08 pm (UTC)
Gold can be a wonderful accent with its warm glow, but generally I prefer silver - preferably not completely polished. I guess I just like things that tarnish and age; what the Japanese call wabi-sabi.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-03-13 04:58 pm (UTC)
I'm very partial to a nice piece of silver too.

Gold is eternal, silver has history.

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[User Picture]From: artkouros
2017-03-13 06:10 pm (UTC)
Gold never tarnishes, and good help is hard to find these days.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-03-13 06:47 pm (UTC)
If you can afford gold you can probably afford to have someone come in and do your polishing.
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[User Picture]From: matrixmann
2017-03-13 07:47 pm (UTC)
Gold makes practical sense when being used for its abilities in electrical terms. All other stuff... only as much as humans put as meaning into it.
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[User Picture]From: qatsi
2017-03-13 09:29 pm (UTC)
Yes, it's unusual for something prized for its rarity and aesthetic qualities should more recently turn out to be valuable for practical reasons too.
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[User Picture]From: lora_diary
2017-03-15 06:51 am (UTC)

I have gold things for wearing, but i dislike using gold for the furniture, for cutlery etc.

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