Swarovski Crystal Wedding Jewelry
Q: how many of us can afford a new one at $4300 to
A:I didn't say I'd prefer a new Rolex to old. (Well, I would if someone *insisted* on Rolex... but that's beside the point. lol) What I said was that I would much rather receive a nice $100 piece of Swarovski crystal than a used $2000 watch. To me there is much more sentimentality in a cheaper, yet new and elegant gift than there is in buying something "used". The only exception might be antiques, or when purchasing something of necessity such as a car. If the watch is considered necessity, than a new Timex from Target will do just fine, imo. It is not worth it to me to wear a used Rolex simply to wear a Rolex. Then again, I am usually off the beaten path when it comes to what I appreciate. When my husband and I got married, neither of us had jobs. We could have gone to a pawn shop and found a couple of 14K gold bands I suppose, but who wants used wedding rings? We went to Target and got 10K. Some people would shiver... "Target?" Not me, and believe me I am not relegated to Target by necessity. (I love Target and still shop there, though I can afford to go shop Rodeo Drive if I found it necessary.) Since then we have done very well, and for our anniversary my husband purchased a substantial diamond ring for me. Guess which ring sits mostly on my finger. The 10K. When my husband first came to the country he didn't have much money to bring with him. He so wanted to get me an engagement ring that he took all he had (about $300 iirc) and bought me a ring with the tiniest diamond chips. Most women I know would have been put off by that. Not me. I shed tears when he gave it to me, accompanied by a small diamond earring which will sit atop my left ear so long as my ear can withstand it. (Sadly, I lost the ring while washing my hands at a crabshack and my heart broke.) I would have taken that ring over a used Rolex any day... not just because of the occasion but because of the sentimentality behind it. It wasn't anything I could hold out and say "Wow look at the size of that rock. My fiance must love me!" but I just didn't and don't care. If I could trade in the new substantial diamond ring just to get that first one back, I probably would. For Valentines Day, I told my husband not to bother buying me any expensive flowers... for flowers just wither. I was serious. I just figured we'd have a nice dinner and that would be that. That night, he brought home a gorgeous Swarovski crystal rose and told me "here is a rose that will never wither." How can you beat the thought put into this?! It wasn't a $2000 or $4000 item. It was probably $150 or so. Who cares. If he had brought me a $10 glass rose and said the same, I'd have still been moved to tears. I may not be your run-of-the-mill woman, but in my opinion the value of a gift is not in the money spent.