Baubles, bangles and beads

When we were in Jerusalem, one of our stops was to a diamond factory and wholesaler's. The generation divide in our group was most evident here, where all the 20- and 30-somethings browsed around and looked at the cases, got scared away by the overbearing salespeople who followed us around the room and went and sat down on the other side of the room to wait for everyone else to finish shopping and buying. None of us were particularly interested in buying diamonds or other jewelry and we certainly didn't have the budget. We weren't big jewelry people and I wonder if it's a difference between the Baby Boomers and Generation X or if it's something you grow into, no matter what generation you're in.

But anyway, before I got scared off by the overzealous salespeople, I browsed around to look at the different stones and settings they had for sale, all of which were probably cheaper than they'd be in the U.S. but were still way out of my price range¹. The worst disappointment for me was the case full of opal jewelry. I guess I've never seen an opal before, but they looked like the ugliest costume jewelry stones I've ever seen - full of splotches of fluorescent color.

In Anne of Green Gables, Anne says,

Long ago, before I had ever seen a diamond, I read about them and I tried to imagine what they would be like. I thought they would be lovely glimmering purple stones. When I saw a real diamond in a lady's ring one day I was so disappointed I cried. Of course, it was very lovely but it wasn't my idea of a diamond.

This is how I felt about opals. I had a mental image of opals and thought they'd be very pretty but now, after doing a little research, I think that my image of opals was more along the lines of mother-of-pearl. That's what I want an opal to look like!

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¹ $10-20 at Target

srah - Sunday, 2 April 2006 - 6:18 PM
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Comments (4)

gravatar Aunt Pam - April 2, 2006 - 8:09 PM -

Were the opals pale little things??? Good opals are known for their "fire". If you saw a milky pale opals then you missed out. But folklore says that opals are bad luck for all except those who are born in October.

gravatar srah - April 2, 2006 - 8:11 PM -

No, they were bright blue and pink and green and stuff. Maybe I have seen opals but they were the 'bad' ones. In that case, I like the 'bad' ones better!

gravatar Cari - April 2, 2006 - 8:45 PM -

Opals are my birth stone so I am a fan. =). I won't wear my opals around you.

gravatar Cheryl - April 3, 2006 - 12:58 PM -

I have a black opal that's nice. I think it's an opal. I can never remember.

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