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Gold Color Meanings

Riches and Excess...


Gold Colors

Gold with golden browns and yellows; © J. Bear

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In some faiths the use of red, purple, black, white, and gold carry special Easter meanings.

In some faiths the use of red, purple, black, white, and gold carry special meaning associated specifically with Easter.

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Leprechaun Hats

The gold buckles on the hats and the gold coins are simulated shades of gold creating in graphics software.

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A cousin to yellow (and orange and brown) is gold. While green may be the color of money (U.S. money, that is) gold is the color of riches and extravagance.


Nature and Culture of Gold:

The color gold shares many of the attributes of yellow. It is a warm color that can be both bright and cheerful as well as somber and traditional.

Because gold is a precious metal, the color gold is associated with wealth and prosperity. While all that glitters is not gold the color gold still suggests grandeur, and perhaps on the downside, the excesses of the rich. Gold is the traditional gift for a Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary while gold-like bronze is for the eighth and copper with its reddish-gold tones is for the seventh.

Awareness ribbons that use gold:

  • Childhood Cancer
  • The Choking Game (black, red, & gold)

​Other Awareness Ribbon Colors.

Using Gold:

Add a small amount of metallic gold ink to a project for a special, rich touch. Bright gold catches the eye while darker subdued shades of gold lend richness and warmth. Accent a logo or other design elements with gold foil embossing. Use gold ribbons or braids on formal invitations, certificates, and diplomas.

Using Gold with Other Colors:

Add a golden glow to an earthy palette of orange, green, and brown. Double the riches of a burgundy red or purple palette with glittery gold.

Language of Gold:

The use of gold in familiar phrases can help a designer see how their color of choice might be perceived by others, both the positive and negative aspects.

Good gold

  • Gold star - praise, commendation
  • Good as gold - valuable, positive
  • Solid gold - superior, outstanding, best of the best
  • Gold standard - the best, a measure of quality, excellence
  • Golden child/boy - favored person
Bad gold
  • Gold brick - trick, cheat, or deceive
  • Golddigger - someone who feigns genuine interest but is only after a person's money
  • Fool's Gold - mica, anything mistaken for gold, worthless

Gold Words: These words are synonymous with gold or represent various shades of the color gold.

Goldenrod, yellow gold, honey, bronze, copper.

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