Dump the Diamonds

12 Jan

This is post eight of Be Brave. Lose the Beige’s 12 days of New Year’s Resolutions.

If you don’t have the stomach to dump the diamonds, at least demote them. Put them on the lower tier of your jewelry box or cabinet. Store them in the safe deposit box. What is so great about diamonds? It’s not as though they are all that rare, after all. Ok, I’ll give you the fact they are prisms for an array of color but I still maintain they are basically clear crystals. Yes, I realize they are expensive and you feel loved when your mate buys you a multi-carat, princess cut pair of earrings. But are diamonds really all that interesting? Other gems and stones like jasper, lapis, turquoise and tourmaline possess deeper, richer color, design and shape and are generally less expensive than their South African cousins. Wearing an imperfectly shaped Australian opal communicates you are interesting and unique a little apart from the rest of the maddening crowd.

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