Frank J. Wilstach, comp. A Dictionary of Similes. 1916.
Rich as flakes of virgin gold.
Rich as Golconda.
Rich as lords.
Rich as mud.
Rich as the mint.
Rich in invisible treasures, like a bud of unborn sweets, and thick about the heart with ripe and rosy beauty.
—Philip James Bailey
Rich as Crœsus.
Rich as Stamboul’s diadem.
Rich and as red as the mellowing blushes of maiden of eighteen.
—Luiz Vaz de Camoëns
Richer than Ormuz bazaars.
Rich and ripe as Autumn’s store.
Rich as Pluto.
—George Colman, the Younger
Rich as Chaucer’s speech.
Rich as love.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson
Rich as the merchant ships that crowd the strand.
As feathers do lift up, and carry high, the foules and birds of the aire: So the riches and dignities of this world, are wont to extol and carry men, into the air and clouds of vanitie.
—Anthonie Fletcher (Certain Very Proper and Profitable Similes, 1595)
Rich as a platter of gravy.
Rich as newshorn sheep.
Rich as the rose’s dye.
—Mrs. Richmond Inglis
Rich as a Millais in its tint and tone.
Rich as a rose can be.
A wise rich man is like the backe or stocke of the chimney, and his wealth the fire; he receives it not for his own need, but to reflect the heat to others’ good.
—Sir Thomas Overbury
Rich as an alum seller.
Rich as Job.
As rich with unconscious art as the first song birds of May.
—James Whitcomb Riley
Rich as the robes of heaven.
—John G. Saxe
And I as rich in having such a jewel,
As twenty seas, if all their sand were pearl,
The water nectar, and the rocks pure gold.
As is the ooze and bottom of the sea,
With sunken wrack and sumless treasuries.
Rich as Emperor-moths.
Rich as for the nuptials of a king.
Rich as the pillars which support the sky.