As I work with metal, I can’t help but reflect on gold’s place in the ancient world, as well as in today’s panic-driven market. There is reason that gold is called the noble metal.
Its properties have enchanted both wearers and fabricators since it was first mined and turned into adornment. Gold is cooperative, forgiving, malleable, and tarnish free. The more you work with it, the more beautiful it becomes, transforming in the hands from an inert substance into something of great strength and beauty. Later, as it is worn, the wearer infuses life into the piece, thus establishing the personal patina and an iconic statement of taste.
No matter what state the world is in, something of intrinsic value and sentiment still gives comfort and a sense of continuity.
People still respond to things that take time and care to produce.