Good evening everyone and a very merry Christmas (Eve) to you all, I hope you've now all finished work and can put your feet up... for a day at least.
My story begins with the sad passing of my Grandfather (mothers side) a few years ago, he was a great Yorkshire man and one of the most intelligent men that I've ever met. From very humble beginnings he got himself a degree from the Open University and became an engineer for several power stations. However, he was never a watch guy - that was always my Dad and his father. Now, his retirement gift has appeared. A NOS Omega gold plated Seamaster day date. It's not particularly collectable but obviously has huge sentimental value and my Grandmother has been kind enough to pass this watch on to me. Without a doubt I'll wear this watch, enjoy this watch and treasure this watch but it has made me think...
Under normal circumstances, I would NEVER wear gold. A brief background - I'm 20 years old, in my final year of university studies with a job in recruitment lined up for when I graduate. I personally have virtually no money (spent most of my savings on being a student) and my family are lower middle class. We're neither struggling nor affluent. For me, gold in my generation seems very obnoxious, arrogant and ostentatious and I wouldn't every consider buying a gold piece! I never see my peers wearing gold and I think that they all feel the same way that I do... In contrast, I often see men in their 60's, 70's, 80's etc... on the bus wearing gold and it looks completely normal. My Grandfather obviously didn't consider it ostentatious otherwise he would have gone for steel! My question is, why does gold look acceptable, normal and even understated on the "more experienced" members of society but look so eye catchingly garish on the rest of us?
Should it be acceptable for us 20something's to wear a gold piece or should we leave that to when we mature a little?
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