In many cultures, gold symbolizes a lot of good things including wealth and good health. I am not a gold person myself although I bought an 18 carat gold camera for collection some 20 years ago (picture below). I saw it in camera shop in Tokyo and pulled out my DIners Club card, not sure why I bought it. I’ve only used it a few times.One day I will add a digital back to it and may be add a few diamonds. Some day.
Tibetan Buddhist believes in 5 sacred stones: the crystal for light, turquoise for infinity of sea and sky, coral for life and form, gold for the golden ray of the sun, silver for the light of the moon. Gold is intimately linked with Divinity and those gods associated with the Sun. It symbolizes wealth and success.
In Judaism, when the Torah portions Terumah and Tetzaveh, gold is mentioned nearly some 40+ times. Gold covers most of the Mishkan and its furniture, including the Holy Ark, which is topped with two solid gold cherubs.
For centuries in China, gold (and even yellow) is a color that can only be used exclusively by the Emperors. All imperial symbols included the colors yellow and purple. The Emperor wore yellow robes and lived under roofs made with yellow tiles. Only the Emperor was allowed to wear yellow. No buildings outside those in the Forbidden City were allowed to have yellow-tiled roofs. Violation results in your head being chopped off.
From archaeological digs, the use of Gold appears to begin in the Middle East, in the sites where the first true civilizations began to rise. Egyptian jewelry found in the tomb of Queen Zer and that of Queen Pu-abi of Ur in Sumeria are not only the oldest pieces of gold jewelry in existence, but also the oldest examples found of any kind of jewelry.
If you like gold, you must get the ultimate gold watch, or the killer watch - the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Leopard watch. Last checked it was selling $51,000 from Amazon.com (11% discount from the last price), yes you can get 170 Kindles with that money. The watch has a 40mm wide 18K gold case that frames the timepiece elegantly as the pieces are decorated with 48 diamonds. The 36-baguette cognac sapphire is fitted in the bezel. The sexy leopard printed strap is held safe by a fliplock closure in 18K yellow gold.
If you are a Rolex fan, then this is a must have. LG and Rolex is rumored to be launching a phone with a Rolex watch face embedded in the casing. The Rolex LG phone comes with a luxurious leathery exterior. Can you guess what’s the price tag will be? This will be a hot seller. For me, I am sticking with my Prada LG phone. Nokia has a gold edition phones is plated with an 18-carat gold finish and comes with matching gold wallpapers. Vertu has also teamed up with French jeweler house Boucheron to create a handset built from solid gold that costs $30,000. Now that is a classy one.
For those of us who likes gaming, now you can have your 24kt gold plated PS3 (from ColorWare) . I don’t think they make too many of them, so hurry up. For Apple lovers, there are 24Kt Gold Plated IPod Touch or iPhone or if you prefer, the 24-carat gold MacBook Pro, with diamond studded Apple logo.
Wish your new year will be as bright and as glittering as gold. Happy New Year!!!