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Why does jewelry (and diamonds and gems) make you happy?

Discussion in 'Show Me the Bling! (Rings,Earrings,Jewelry)' started by Drm1grl, Apr 3, 2019.

  1. Rubies-R-Me
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  2. Wink
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    by Wink » Jul 3, 2019
    For me, it started when I was fairly young. I would ride my bike all over town and one of my favorite stops was Ballou Latimer Drug Store. They had counter top displays of costume jewelry, foil back glass with rings, earrings, necklaces and bracelets ranging from a buck or two to eight to ten dollars for the really "nice" ones.

    I would save up my allowance and buy something for my mom for every birthday, anniversary, Christmas or other occasion that I could save up the money for. It just made me feel special to give my mom something so beautiful.

    When I was stationed at the American Embassy in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, I fell in love all over again with sparkly gems, this time the real deal rather than foil backs. I started buying and selling gems as a hobby, and eventually fell in love with Resa, my American born wife who came to work at the Embassy about a year and a half after I did.

    I asked her to marry me about two weeks after we started dating, she was petrified of the very idea. It took me another two months to convince her I was serious. Once she said yes, I found out it gave me just as much joy and pleasure to give her wonderful gems and jewelry as it did for me when I was just a youngster in Boise, Idaho. By then, I had actually completely forgotten about the sparkly things I had given my mother. It was not until my daughter was playing with a glass box full of sparkly things at mom's house that I asked my mom where she had gotten all of the costume jewelry that Cissy loved playing with.

    Mom then reminded me of how I was always buying her things like that as a boy. "I think you were born part magpie," she said. Then the memories flooded back in.

    So, for me, I enjoy giving diamonds and gems to my loved ones. I also feel very special when I wear nice jewelry, but to be very honest, for me, it is always the giving that makes me the happiest.

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  3. Garry H (Cut Nut)
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    by Garry H (Cut Nut) » Jul 3, 2019
    Sorry for hijack, but how did your Mum know about magpie's? They are only here downunder!
     
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    by Wink » Jul 3, 2019
    LOL, When I was a youngster there was actually a bounty on magpies in Idaho. Nickel a bird. Then someone figured out they were a close relative to a bird in Mexico and there was some kind of dustup about the bounty and it was ceased.

    Didn't matter to me though, as by the time I was old enough to hunt, shotgun shells cost nearly double the price of the bounty.

    They are a very beautiful bird up close with iridescent feathers. Lots of hunters do not like them as they eat the eggs and chicks of game birds. I know that is nature's way, so I don't hold it against them and enjoy their beauty.

    I took a quick look in google and I see that your magpies seem to have white beaks, where the ones I am accustomed to are actually called black billed magpies.

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    by luv2sparkle » Jul 3, 2019
    I also had a Nana (actually she was my aunt, but that is what I called her) who let me wear her 2 carat solitaire when I was a child. I loved the beauty of the stone and the simplicity of it. She had one other niece who inherited her rings but I inherited a pair of 14k yellow gold bow earrings. They were screw backs and I had them converted to pierced. I was terribly disappointed that I didn't get to have her rings, but I knew about it before she passed. The other niece lived far away and had only seen her a couple times in the 30+ years I had with her, but they were promised to her somehow. I lived with her till I was 11 and spent much time caring for her through her many illnesses. Her rings were so much a part of who she was to me. When I look at my own rings now, I often think of her, and she was really the reason that I wanted them. The love she had for me carried me through my life. It was a gift to have someone in your life who loves you unconditionally. She was that for me.
    That was my earliest memory of loving shiny things, but it has certainly grown since then. They do bring me joy. My husband has gifted me with many lovely things and I love that. It means so much to me when he surprises me. He would do it much more often if I didn't stop him. I only stop him because he would never buy anything for himself.
     
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    by Lucy-In-The-Sky » Jul 3, 2019
    I'm another one who grew up playing in my grandmother's jewelry box, playing dress up with all of her baubles. (Both my grandmothers, actually, plus, my 3 great-aunts and one aunt who was a former beauty queen. She used to let me wear her tiara around the house; I loved that!)

    My passion is for antique jewelry and stones although I do have a few modern/contemporary pieces. For me, I really treasure the artisanal aspect of handmade jewelry with handout stones. I love the occasional wonkiness and irregularities in these pieces, and I really love the hunt for specific types of items.

    I also love wondering about where my jewelry has been before it belonged to me.. who owned/wore it? Where did they wear it?

    I also get a ridiculous amount of pleasure out of simply admiring the faceting on my engagement ring and playing with it in different types of light.
     
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