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I don't understand jewelry.

  1. Jan 18, 2006 #1
    Is it just something rich idiots buy to impress other rich idiots?

    Does it actually have a use?

    Why do girls love it so much?


    How can so much money be transferred because of the looks of some rocks which can easily be imitated for similar, yet hugely cheaper, effects?
     
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  3. Jan 18, 2006 #2

    JasonRox

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    Well, if you wear a big chain, and lots of other "bling", you can get laid for it nowadays.

    I think that's the purpose.
     
  4. Jan 18, 2006 #3

    berkeman

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    maybe this story will help....

     
  5. Jan 18, 2006 #4
    Get out! :eek: Could a third party confirm this valuable information?

    And they say physics forums are a waste of time...
     
  6. Jan 18, 2006 #5

    Evo

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    Sorry, jewelry on men is a turn off.

    I love jewelry. I enjoy looking at the jewelry other women wear, it doesn't have to be mine.
     
  7. Jan 18, 2006 #6
    Yeah, I knew that was bunk. No need to implement a men's jewelry exchange network then.
     
  8. Jan 18, 2006 #7

    Evo

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    :rofl: Hey, in some circles it may be attractive...
     
  9. Jan 18, 2006 #8
    I once bought a Claddagh for a girlfriend. Apparently she didn't take it as seriously as I did.
     
  10. Jan 18, 2006 #9
    Modest jewelery on the right man I think can look cool.
     
  11. Jan 18, 2006 #10
    Show of affection, then?

    Buy her something useful, like a book(assuming she reads).

    If she doesn't read, then... err >_>

    Yea, i'm not good with all this "Getting together" stuff, so I think I'll pass for now.
     
  12. Jan 18, 2006 #11

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  13. Jan 18, 2006 #12
    i think jewelry is totally up to the individual. i never thought of myself as super into jewelry, but seeing as i'm wearing 5 bracelets right now (from camp still) and an equal number of anklets and also a woven necklace and a ring on each hand, not to mention my nose ring and that i usually wear earrings... i guess i like it! i don't really wear any expensive jewelry at all, almost all of it is handmade, with the exception of my class ring and nose rings. i just think it looks pretty, or its meaningful. i don't wear it to show off at all. but i guess thats cause i've never had enough money, (or a guy with enough) to buy any worth showing off.

    at any rate, i like a certain amount of jewelry on guys. i guess its kinda odd, but i think simple wedding rings look really nice on guys. and some guys look nice with an ear ring. i like hemp jewelry on guys too, or woven jewelry.
     
  14. Jan 18, 2006 #13

    Evo

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    Me too! I forgot about that, I just kept picturing the 55 year old guy with a pompador hairdo, tight polyester shirt half unbuttoned exposing a very hairy chest and HUGE gold necklaces and medalions, every finger covered with Liberace type rings and heavy bracelets. :bugeye:

    My apologies to anyone here that fits that description. :redface:
     
  15. Jan 18, 2006 #14
    I think jewelry on women looks very nice. I usually give it as gifts. I stick with gold and diamonds though I don't know enough to know whether the other stuff looks tacky so I go with solitaire earrings and gold necklaces. I tried giving a platinum bracelet one year til I saw the price tag. You gotta do something REALLY nice before you get platinum. But I'll give gold for as little as a great kiss goodnight.
     
  16. Jan 18, 2006 #15
    its like asking the quesiton why does pieces of paper have value?
     
  17. Jan 18, 2006 #16

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    I'm not a huge fan or wearer of jewelry. I wear some on special occassions, but it's usually very small...a thin chain with a small pendant type thing. I will sometimes wear a bolder necklace with something like a plain turtleneck (I have a few I've made myself, so are exactly what I like them to be). If I wear a ring, it's usually with a very small stone (I have one that has an opal and a piece of pink coral in it that my great aunt willed to me, which I really like, and is the one I wear most often).

    I don't wear earrings. I used to, but they would get tangled in my hair, and nobody could see them anyway. Then I got an infection in one earlobe, so left out the earrings and let the holes close.

    As for jewelry on men, I don't really find it attractive, probably because I don't care a lot for flashy jewelry on women either. I prefer if they limit themselves to fancy cufflinks and a nice tie-tack or tie-clip when getting dressed up. A small earring can look cute, but not attractive to me (I think "boyish" when I see an earring).

    On the other hand, I do like to just look at jewelry in jewelry cases. Some of it is very pretty and the very expensive stuff is an artform in itself, but it just seems too overdone to actually wear it. I just have more simple tastes.
     
  18. Jan 18, 2006 #17

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    I have a good bit of jewelry, but for the last year have worn none.

    Years ago when the girls were little I went to work part time for a company that bought out bankrupt jewelry stores and bought out "estates". Some of the jewels I handled were awesome. I had to take a gemology course, loved it. I still have my jeweler's loop. I really got into jewelry. I bought a couple of <cough> nice pieces which I never wear because I am afraid something will happen to them.

    I'm like a bird, fascinated by all that sparkly stuff. I have to skip the QVC channel so I don't accidently see those jewelry shows. :surprised It's like being hit with a stun gun.
     
  19. Jan 18, 2006 #18

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    :rofl:

    I wear a single ring. I used to wear a stud in my left ear (a Lone Star), back in the 70's and 80's, but I put it aside when I got a job. The nuclear industry is pretty conservative and I already stand out. :biggrin:

    I gave up wearing watches because I tended to destroy them. Even Timex can't take the licking my body does. :biggrin:
     
  20. Jan 18, 2006 #19
    I only wear two pieces of jewelry. My watch and my Flavor Flav Clock Necklace.
     
  21. Jan 18, 2006 #20
    i dunno, some of the jewelry in those cases is a bit much for me. i like really really simple. when i got my engagement ring, it was wide and had a ton of little stones... i really didn't like it very much at all, (hehe, i'm kinda glad i didn't have to wear it... guess some good come of that break up..) i would've much prefered just a simple band with like one inlaid stone. i really hate rings with big stones..... they can't even fit in your pockets!!
     
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