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Gold Dust: The Power of an Expression

Updated: Apr 25

The expression “like gold dust” brings up images of wealth, rarity, and something intrinsically precious. It is a descriptive phrase that projects reinvention and even a stroke of luck. Although we hear it in different areas, its essence is unalterable, like gold.

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The expression “like gold dust” brings up images of wealth, rarity, and something intrinsically precious.

Every time we refer to something as being "like gold dust", we recognize the process by which something valuable has become even more precious due to effort, or, by making the best use of the opportunity offered by a series of circumstances. This expression reflects not only the power of gold as a metal, but also the human ability to recognize value and beauty in different situations.

The Energy of a Binomial

On one hand, the golden metal, precious and coveted throughout time due to its beauty, rarity and value, and on the other "dust" suggests transition and a process of reduction to a basic state.

Although the expression "like gold dust" may have roots in the physical reality of the gold metal, its common use generally refers to something that is extremely valuable or desirable.

In the jewelry industry, goldsmiths turn gold bars into exquisite ornamental pieces. This is how the transformation process changes gold into an object of desire to show off, turning it into gold dust in its most literal form.

The expression "like gold dust" is also used to describe something special or beneficial. For example, obtaining a study scholarship that contributes to our personal development, receiving a job offer that represents moving forward in our careers, or investing in a new business that provides attractive returns.

This phrase, whether in its literal or metaphorical use, captures the very essence of the intrinsic value of gold. Since the discovery of this precious metal by the Egyptians around 2450 BC, gold has been and continues to be a symbol of wealth, stability and purchasing power.

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