175. All that Glitters:
“All that glitters is not gold,” is the expression and yes I know that it means not everything that’s pretty is worth something, but I think it depends on what you mean by ‘worth.’
Take my diamond ring for example. True, it’s not gold (it’s white gold actually), but it does glitter and so it should, because it cost a small fortune. Despite that though, I wouldn’t say it was even one of my top ten prized possessions. If I lost it, I would be disappointed, but I would get over it fairly quickly.
My good luck medallion from my mum, however, is another story. It’s dull brown like a 10 yen coin in Japan and it’s not worth much money-wise. Sentimentally though, it’s worth it’s weight in gold.
I guess this expression doesn’t just apply to objects; it could be used for people as well.
My boyfriend for example is quiet, unassuming and although he’s gorgeous to me, he’s not drop-dead, stop-in-your-tracks handsome like some women want. He might not glitter, but he is absolute gold and that, for me, is enough.