I know I’m a beginner but please allow some credit for basic
intelligence. I don’t buy complete poop stones - I’m selective. But I
can’t afford to spend silly money either.
I entirely understand the concept of not spending more than what you
can afford. I also know that when buying automobiles or computers,
tools appliances, sometimes people do not buy what they really want,
they settle, and then are not really happy with what they own.
I do not think it is about basic intelligence. Some people have
concepts about what constitutes good or bad taste by what they think
other people will think of them spending $$$ money on themselves.
people have a lack of self esteem and feel they do not deserve to
have what they desire. And my experience is that men will go out and
look at what they can afford, and then they will buy what they really
want even if it is beyond the budget they feel they need to stick to.
My opinion is most women do not do this
To own what you really want, there is no silly money. To own what you
want in inferior quality of design or inferior materials is silly
Over the years, 35, I have seen very few pieces of jewelry that had
diamonds in them that were not gold or platinum. Sterling silver
prongs will not wear well in my opinion. I have seen platinum tiffany
settings that were too thin and the prongs bent easily. So it is not
about how expensive the metal is just to be spendy I know Jim Cotter
in Vail has set diamonds in cement. Have not seen that at Tiffany’s.
Anyone seeing diamonds set in copper or brass? Why not? I have had
the blessing of being able to make jewelry with large gem quality
aquamarine, peridot, ruby, and opal. It was not about the value of
the gems, it was about the beauty of those gems.
Very few people have seen large gem quality rubies or sapphires of
intense color that just take your breath away. I see a lot of
jewelry, every day. I rarely see very nice amethysts or garnets let
alone sapphire or ruby. $2000 does not give you much size wise for a
gem quality sapphire.
Stuller has a 2.6 CT. 9x7 AA qualtiy for $2046. Most of the sapphires
I see that U.S. jewelry buyers purchase are so dark blue they are
black, cutting does not matter because they do not transmit light so
you might just as well set them in metal clay.