Here at Zillion, we love to share stories of gold. We’re also quite fond of the Holiday season — even during these difficult and different times of “virtual Holidays” (Anyone excited about singing, “I’m Dreaming of a ZOOM Christmas…”?). So nothing makes us happier than combining the two in one single blog post. You might even call it a sweet present we’re excited to unwrap for you.
The more we dug in, the more it turns out that Gold and the Holidays have quite a bit in common. Especially when it comes to Christmas. Let’s take a closer look, shall we?
Gold: A Powerful and Time-Honored Christmas Color
While there are several colors that are traditionally associated with Christmas, red, green, white and gold are the most time-honored and consistent. But just what do these colors represent, really?
Most of these colors and their associated meanings originate from European traditions and customs, where it’s almost always cold and dark during winter months. Green obviously signifies (and is usually represented by) foliage such as holly leaves and mistletoe, reminding everyone that spring will eventually color and warm us again. Red is the color of holly berries, as well as the blood of Christ on the cross and the Bishops’ robes. White signifies purity, peace and the snow that often blankets the ground at this time of the year. But what about…gold?
Gold actually has roots that run way deeper and further east than Europe. While it represents light, fire and the sun, gold was also one of the presents delivered to the baby Jesus by one of the three wise men. It also represents the star the wise men followed to find Jesus in his manger in Nazareth.
“After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.
On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshipped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.”
Certified Gold Christmas Hits
We’re not sure if the three wise men sang to the baby Jesus or not. But we’ve previously detailed some legendary songs about gold. Of course, there are also some truly classic Christmas songs and albums to draw Holiday inspiration from every year. Maybe this year…more than ever. In fact, some of these songs have fared so well over time that they’ve achieved industry Gold certification from the U.S. recording industry for their respective artists.
When the Gold Certification was introduced by the Recording Industry Association of America (commonly known as the RIAA) in 1958, it meant that a single had sold at least one million units or an album had reached $1 million in sales. In 1976, the RIAA redefined Gold status as a single or album that sells 500,000 units.
When it comes to Gold-level Christmas songs and albums, nobody can hold a Holiday candle to Mr. Bing Crosby. The famous crooner has become synonymous with Christmas music over the years, and his version of “White Christmas” still reigns supreme. Big time. No less an authority than the Guinness Book of Records has named it as both the best-selling Christmas song of all time and the best-selling overall single of all time — with more than 50 million copies sold. Maybe even more incredibly, the Irving Berlin-penned song was recorded in just 18 minutes in May of 1942. The song made its public debut in the Crosby-and-Fred Astaire film Holiday Inn later that winter…and the rest is history.
Other Gold-certified Christmas songs include Crosby’s version of “Silent Night” (30+ million copies), Mariah Carey’s rendition of “All I Want for Christmas is You” (16+ million), Gene Autry’s version of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” (12.5+ million) and Elvis Presley’s “Blue Christmas” (the first-ever Christmas song to reach Platinum status based solely on physical sales). A more extensive list is available here.
A Very Rose Gold Christmas
Here at Zillion, we’ve also sung the praises of rose gold. Created by blending silver, copper and gold, rose gold possesses a brilliant sheen and glow that you can not only see…but feel. It’s beautiful and powerful, and it makes for a fantastic engagement ring. In recent years, rose gold has also gradually made its way into the world of Christmas trees and Christmas tree decorations.
Rose gold-colored artificial Christmas trees have become more and more common, both in peoples’ homes and outside in public spaces around the Holidays. The good folks over at Home Edit have a lovely photo collection of some striking rose gold Christmas trees.
Even if you don’t go all in on a rose gold tree for the Holidays, you might consider mixing in some rose gold ornaments to hang from your more traditional tree. If you’re looking for some inspiration here, the good folks over at POPSUGAR have a beautiful slideshow collection of more than two dozen rose gold Christmas ornaments.
Give the Gift of Jewelry Insurance
When it comes time to give gifts during this different sort of Holiday season, why not give yourself the smart, affordable gift of jewelry insurance from Zillion? Or purchase a policy to accompany that special ring or diamond necklace or bracelet you’re gifting to that special someone? Even though the policy is in your name, they’ll be covered.
In addition to providing superior service and a streamlined claims process should anything befall your treasured gold (or other) jewelry items, a policy from Zillion delivers peace of mind to jewelry owners. During these uncertain times, what could be more valuable?
Of course, a jewelry insurance policy with Zillion is also a “virtual” gift that can be delivered anytime, anywhere, to anyone — wherever you and they happen to be.
Whether you choose Zillion or not, all of us here want to wish you a Happy Holiday season. And a very Happy New Year! Here’s to 2021 being a bit less…challenging!