Acquisitions: Delicious Diamonds...

It struck me the other day that our there comes a time in your life when you decide to focus on obtaining the real deal when it comes to jewelry. Perhaps for you it's that diamond engagement ring or a tennis necklace or bracelet given to you by your parents on a special birthday. When we're young it's all about fashion jewelry, then we discover costume jewelry and suddenly... boom! Only diamonds will do. With dollar values in flux we now have an even fonder appreciation for authentic luxuries with actual worth. Gold, diamonds and property might just be better investments than any bonds, funds or stocks could ever hope to be. 

I look at my grandmother and her marvelous drawer of costume jewelry and I gasp every time I see it. But she also has real jewelry. Lovely pieces that she clearly cherishes even more. Jewelry is an inherently emotional gift. We acquire it on special occasions (or on occasions that become special in hindsight). We associate it with a person. It is a highly emotional possession. What about you? Do you have a special necklace or ring or bracelet that you adore? What makes it special? Did you buy it yourself or did a certain someone surprise you with it? Do tell. I'd love to hear you gush about your baubles and bling!