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Ladies, how do you feel about expensive jewelry?

In the ubiquitous “Journey” necklace commercials, one of the songs you hear (if you have the sound on) is “How can I tell you that I love you? I love you….” If you’re me, of course, the sound is off and you hear Mr. Micah singing “How can I tell you that I drugged you, I drugged you…” (He likes to substitute drugs for love in songs–fortunately I still find this amusing. You should hear his rendition of the Beatles’ “She loves you” about how “you think you lost your drugs…” πŸ˜› )

Um, so anyway I told him that I don’t think having expensive jewelry would make me any happier or more loved. A girl can dream about being a princess with diamond tiaras. But in my life as it is, jewelry doesn’t mean much. The only pieces I value are my engagement and wedding rings. And that’s because they symbolize promises I made–not just love or anything less concrete. I was happy for years with a $6 claddagh because it meant something to me.

So I’ve created a poll to see how you, dear readers, feel. Gentlemen, feel free to participate and think of expensive watches–they’re really all I think of for man-jewelry, so it’s not a perfect comparison. Watches are also functional. But feel free if you’d like.

The potential answers are:

  1. I’d like some now please. (whether we’re in debt or not)
  2. If we’re not in debt. (I like jewelry as long as we’re being financially responsible. This can mean “since we’re not in debt I’d love to have some” or “maybe once we’re out of debt.”)
  3. No thanks, my interests lie elsewhere.
  4. Penguin! (hee hee)


hank November 20, 2007 at 11:08 pm

I think you’re going to get a jaded number on here with the poll because we all came for a reason! We’re ALL frugal!!! πŸ™‚ But good call though, who doesn’t want to be rich, eh?

Leah S November 21, 2007 at 12:29 am

See, I don’t want any jewelry because I have been given more than I can use. Apparently my great-grandma was fond of wearing lots of flashy jewelry – the real stuff. So I got one of her diamond rings – a TON of sentimental value for me, but the price tag attached to it doesn’t say a lot for me.

I hardly wear it either, because I’m scared to death of damaging a 70 year old diamond. So I already KNOW that I don’t want expensive jewelry, cuz I already have some, and it goes on my finger only during special occasions. It’s fun seeing people’s reactions when I tell them that ring is real though – it looks like costume jewelery. πŸ˜‰

CatherineL November 21, 2007 at 2:12 am

Mrs Micah – I left our loud when you mentioned your husbands version of those songs. And his lyrics probably wouldn’t be far wrong considering the amount of drugs the Beatles will have put away between them over the years.

Expensive jewellery doesn’t do a lot for me. I did get a couple of really cheap rings off QVC years ago, and everyone thought they were real, so I don’t see the point in buying expensive stuff. I wouldn’t be able to tell whether it was real anyway.

CatherineL November 21, 2007 at 2:13 am

Sorry – that was meant to say “I laughed out loud”. My typos are atrocious since I started using the internet.

plonkee November 21, 2007 at 7:34 am

Actually, I would like some expensive jewellery. Not so much because of the expense of it, but because it’s beautiful.

mrsmicah November 21, 2007 at 9:17 am

Plonkee–you’re quite right that it’s beautiful. That’s one reason why I think it’d make sense if even frugal people wanted it.

Mr. Micah and I used to get out books with pictures of crown jewels and stuff and just look at the pretty. πŸ™‚

Andrew Stevens November 21, 2007 at 9:18 am

“Closer to the truth to say you can’t get enough, you know you’re gonna have to face it, you’re addicted to drugs.”

wealthy_1 November 23, 2007 at 7:54 am

I have never been much of a jewelry person. I don’t wear any. I think of it as the ultimate of extravangance. I have three valuable pieces. They have meaning to me because each was given to me by my husband. I don’t believe I would spend my money on jewelry even after I become debt free.

Ollie Hicks April 17, 2009 at 10:37 am

I need clarification on whether this means ‘Would you like some expensive jewellery as a free gift which you can then sell on Ebay to buy books and craftin’ gear’ or ‘Would you like to use your own hard-earned wonga to buy some expensive jewellery?’

If it’s the former, hell yeah, if it’s the latter, er, no. Jewellery is nice, in its case: I can never be bothered to put any on.

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