Sterling Silver Christmas Jewelry
Gold is always considered the most popular precious metal but when it comes to Christmas time gold must either share the spotlight with silver or take a complete backseat to silver all together. Why is that? What is it about silver that makes it so popular during the Christmas season that people prefer to buy silver jewelry at Christmas rather than gold? Maybe it isn't the metal that is the reason, more than likely it has to do with what people associate with the Christmas season and the memories that silver brings at Christmas time and how strongly people feel about those wonderful holiday memories.
What is it about silver that makes it so popular at Christmas? The question actually should be reversed if you really look at it completely. What is it about Christmas that makes silver so popular? Silver is considered to be the workhorse of the precious metals. People make all kinds of items out of silver and consider them regular utensils. People will buy a set of sterling silver forks, spoons, and knives and use them every day. However, buy a similar set of cutlery in gold and suddenly they become only appropriate for special occasions. Silver is always considered the low cost alternative to gold. Gold even decided to rub it in a little with the creation of white gold which just looks like silver but sells for gold prices. However at Christmas time silver no longer takes a back seat to gold. There are probably a lot of practical reasons for this but there are some wide eyed Christmas story reasons as to why silver becomes so very important at Christmas time and if you really think about the stories behind Christmas then the importance of silver becomes very important.
Everyone knows the story of the three wise men that can to visit Jesus. They gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. It would stand to reason that if gold is universally recognized and one of the original Christmas gifts that it should then be very important at Christmas. But one of the images that people hold on to at Christmas is the images of the stars in the sky. It was the star of Bethlehem that led the wise men to Jesus and the universally accepted metal that is used to represent stars is silver. That is potentially where the whole love affair with silver and Christmas started. The star is what led them to Jesus and silver is used to represent the star. It is a romantic notion and it may very well be the basis for many of the customs that we hold on to today. But along with these romantic stories about Christmas are some very practical explanations for why silver is so very popular at Christmas.
Everyone that celebrates Christmas has great memories of decorating the Christmas tree when they were children. What Christmas tree is complete without the silver tinsel that goes on to finish the tree? Why is it silver? It is silver because tinsel is used to represent the icicles that formed on the tree when it was growing in the woods and silver is a similar color to those icicles. Because of that close association to the color of water silver has gone on to become a beloved Christmas metal.