Umm, I don't think so. I guess I'm one of those girls that must have come from peasant stock, because for some reason, I have never cared much for expensive jewelry. My hands are small, so rings just look bulky, and diamonds around my neck really don't look any better than something that sparkles, but costs thousands less. My husband was probably relieved when I said I didn't want an engagement ring, that I was happy with a simple gold wedding band. So diamonds aren't my BFF.
It doesn't stop me from admiring other women with beautiful rings, however. One of my friends refuses to buy "conflict" diamonds and has many beautiful rings that are man-made diamonds. They look perfect. You really can't tell the difference by just looking at them.
In fact, I love the jewelry in the Sundance Catalog, which is made by artisans. Especially those that include spiritual quotes. One of my daughters still wears one that has a sign for "protection". I bought it for her when she was much younger, and I was worried about her driving.
I have found two necklaces at the Farmer's Market, from the same vendor, that I just love. The prices were extremely reasonable for something hand-made, and unique. The one on the right says "trust in your dreams." I like the leather that runs through them. It calls to the latent hippie in me. A side that is becoming more and more pronounced, I might add.
Besides, where else can you have a conversation about your astrology chart, before breakfast, while trying on necklaces and shopping for veggies? (And what is it about me that people wonder what my sign is?)
What about you? Do you like real jewelry, or costume? Artisan or department store? And if you're a man - do you wear jewelry?