Retiring in Diamond Style

 

My father is retiring in a month from his long career as a school teacher. He has taught high school science forthirty years. But his health has not been so good lately and he figured it was probably a sign that he needs to retire. He is okay with that and my mom and I have assured him that he has put in his time and can now sit back, relax and enjoy retirement while focusing on getting his health back. My family decided to throw him a big retirement dinner and give him a special gift. So I need to find inexpensive diamond watches priced under seven hundred dollars in Seattle, Washington because we think that would be the perfect gift for him.

I honestly do not know where to get such a gift because I do not wear watches nor do I do much jewelry shopping. It must be a guy thing. I had to recruit my sister to help me find something super special for dad. She agreed to help me and is meeting me today at the mall so we can search for this diamond watch I need.

Men's Diamond Silver Tone Bracelet Watch

The two of us met at the mall around 12:30 so we could eat lunch first at the food court and then move on to the big watch hunt. I settled for a burger and fries and my sister had some grilled chicken and a salad. She is very healthy and will not eat anything fried or processed. To each their own, I say. When we were done, we headed off to find a diamond watch. The first stop was a jewelry store just around the corner from the food court. I instantly did not like it because the jewelry looked very gaudy and nothing that my dad would ever wear. I mentioned that to my sister and she agreed so we kept on walking to the next store.

After about a five-minute walk, we stumbled upon a jewelry store that showed some promise. The pieces in the front window were very impressive so I was hopeful that what was inside would be just as beautiful. My sister and I walked further into the store to see what else there was to see.

Once inside, we were even more impressed by what we saw. Everything was in good taste and not overdone—even the way the store was decorated. It was simple and understated so that the jewelry could speak for itself. The two of us wandered around looking at everything until we arrived at the watches. A woman was standing right there and asked if we needed any help.

“Yes,” answered my sister. “My brother and I need to find a diamond watch for our father for his retirement.”

“Oh, how nice,” the lady responded. “Do you guys have anything particular you want?”

I explained to the lady that the one requirement I do have is that the watch has to be less than seven hundred dollars. She assured my sister and I that it should not be a problem to find something in that price range. Luckily, dad has very simple taste so anything we get is not going to be covered in diamonds.That should help in keeping the price down.

I browsed through the display case while my sister wandered over to where the earrings were. I think she lost track of why we were in the store and started looking for herself instead of for dad. I found a watch I really liked so I summoned her over to take a look. The watch was stainless steel with a link band. The face was round and black. There were no numbers or Roman numerals, but rather one perfectly round diamond where the twelve, three, six and nine are on the dial. It was simple, yet sophisticated and was definitely something my father would wear on his arm.

“Can you tell me how much this watch costs?” I asked the woman.

She told me the watch costs $750, but the store was running a special where all watches are ten percent off this week.This meant it would only cost $675. My sister and I were so excited after hearing how low the cost was. I told the woman I would take it and she made sure to put it in a special black and silver box so it would match the watch. I thanked her very much for her help.My sister and I walked out of the store and headed towards the parking lot.

I walked my sister back to her car and told her to hold the watch for me since I still live with my parents and do not want my father to stumble upon it in the house. She took it from me and promised to keep it some place safe. I am so glad that task is over with and now we can plan the big retirement dinner. This is going to be one special night for my dad and I am so glad I have this great diamond watch to give to him—he truly deserves it.

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Pastries and Pendants

 

Since moving to Florida two years ago, I can honestly say I have never been happier. I now know why they call it the Sunshine State—it is always sunny here and the weather is absolutely beautiful. Before Florida, I lived in Michigan where the weather was way too cold and way too windy. I had enough of it and decided to pick up and move to Florida. As a single woman and a business owner, I can pretty much do what I want. Plus, I have always wanted to get out of Michigan because I cannot stand the winter. So now I enjoy the good life in sunny, warm Florida.

One of the really great things about living in the south is the great shopping. Why just the other day, I found some high end diamond pendants priced under nine hundred dollars in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. I live in Miami Beach, but I took an impromptu drive to Ft. Lauderdale to go to my favorite bakery and get their delicious pastries. Little did I know I would end up with a diamond pendant as well.

Calla Lily Diamond Pendant

I really did not need a diamond pendant, but when I walked by this particular jewelry store, I could not hold myself back and had to go inside and look at the most beautiful piece of jewelry I had ever seen.

In the store window was a pendant in the shape of a calla lily which happens to be my favorite flower. It was upside down and the inside stem of the calla lily was made up of all diamonds. Coming out of the side of the flower was another diamond stem. The setting was white gold and the shine on it was absolutely magnificent. I had to go in and take a closer look at it.

As soon as I headed inside, a man standing nearby greeted me and asked if he could help me with something. I told him about the pendant I saw in the window and that I was interested in it. He asked me to follow him over so I could make sure he got the right one. We walked over and he gathered the pendant and the necklace it was on and brought it to one of the display cases to lay it on top so I could see it better.

“What kind of gold is this?” I asked the man.

“This is ten carat white gold,” he told me.

Well, that certainly meant the pendant might be a little less than I had thought it would be since it was not fourteen carat gold. I really could not afford a lot for a pendant—especially since I had not budgeted for it because I was not in the market for one. My next question had to be the cost. I was falling in love with this pendant by the second, but the cost could easily push me away.

“How much do you want for it?” I politely asked.

“The pendant is only four hundred and ten dollars,” he answered.

Hmmm, I thought. I definitely can afford that, but do I want to spend more than four hundred dollars on a pendant that I technically do not need? I looked at the pendant and continued to think about it. The man must have seen the frustration and confusion in my face so he suggested I try it on and see how it looked. Good idea, I thought.

He opened up the clasp of the necklace and let me try it on to see how it looked. As much as I hate to admit it, it looked downright gorgeous. Now there is no way I can walk out of this store without buying this pendant. I told the man I would take it. He asked me if I wanted the chain necklace that it was on and I said no. I have enough necklaces, but definitely not enough beautiful pendants like this one.

After paying the man and getting my pendant, I headed to the bakery, which was my original destination, and got my scrumptious pastries. I ended up buying a few less of them since I just dropped more than four hundred dollars at the jewelry store. Hey, pastries are gone as soon as you eat them, but a pendant like this one can last forever!

 

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Trying to Get Out of the Doghouse with Diamond Earrings

 

I am standing in the middle of one of the biggest flea markets on the west coast trying to find exquisite diamond earrings priced under seven hundred dollars in San Jose, California. Why? Because my girlfriend made me feel guilty about not remembering our anniversary which is coming up in a few days. She told me she got me something special and, frankly, I forgot it was our anniversary and got her nothing. So I have two choices—either buy her something outrageously expensive or leave the country because she just might hunt me down and kill me.

Unfortunately, I cannot buy something too expensive so my budget is less than seven hundred dollars. After all, it is only our third anniversary so it is not like it is a really big one. Plus, we are trying to save our money to go away later this year so I do not want to spend too much on a gift. I rather take a super luxurious vacation somewhere so we can enjoy ourselves. But I cannot ignore the fact that we have been together for a while and I need to get her something special which is why I am aimlessly wandering around this indoor flea market that is supposed to have the best prices on jewelry.

Sterling-Silver-Diamond-Heart-Earrings

After nearly an hour of going from one jewelry booth to another, the frustration level is reaching its breaking point. I am not sure if I will be able to find diamond earrings here and that would not be good since I really cannot afford a fancy jewelry store. Since there are still so many jewelry vendors left here, I need to buckle down and start going to each one until I find what I need.

Since I already did the first half of the market, I am going to hope that the second half brings me better luck. My game plan is to stop at each vendor until I find the earrings. With that said, I am just about to go to the first one on my second half tour of the market.

The guy who runs it is really old and does not even get off his chair when he sees me looking at what he has. And as I keep looking, he seems to have some really nice stuff. Now I just have to hope that it is affordable. I hate to bug the old man, but I need help so I ask if he can tell me how much his diamond earrings cost. He gets up from his chair slowly and walks over to help me.

“Which earrings are you looking at?” he asks.

“Well, none in particular,” I tell him. “But can you tell me if any of them cost less than seven hundred dollars?”

“Oh, a few of them cost less than seven hundred dollars, sonny,” he said to me in that old man kind of tone. “Just pick out what you like and I will tell you the price.”

I gazed at all the pairs of earrings he had to see if anything struck me and I stopped at one pair that I really liked. They were a simple pair of earrings that were in the shape of a heart made up of small diamonds. The middle was open. These beautiful stud earrings were perfect. I hope the price is just as perfect as the earrings.

“How much are these diamond heart earrings?” I asked the man.

“These here earrings are four hundred and seventy-five dollars,” he answered.

Well, I would say that price is better than perfect. I had budgeted seven hundred dollars and these were way less than that. The old man asked me if I wanted them and I said yes. He took them out of the case and put them in a small, red velvet box. He even threw in a bottle of jewelry cleaner for me to give to my girlfriend so she can keep the diamonds looking sparkling and brand new. For a grumpy old man, he was really very nice and helpful. I thanked him for the earrings and he gave me a friendly salute with a half-smile.

I am definitely going to be off the hook with my girlfriend after she sees these magnificent diamond earrings I got her for our anniversary.

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A Diamond Brooch for an Empty Heart

 

I am not sure why, but my sister decided that she wants me to take her to get top of the line diamond brooches priced under six hundred dollars in Houston, Texas. She hates brooches so I cannot imagine why she wants one all of a sudden. I am determined to find out the answer to this mystery. She used to make fun of the old women at our grandmother’s country club who always wore brooches on their jackets. Now she wants one. I do not know what gives here.

Over the weekend, my sister and I planned a lunch date at our favorite diner. It may sound boring, but they make the best pancakes there and we just wanted to enjoy catching up over our favorite comfort food. She gets the blueberry ones and I get the apple and cinnamon ones—truly delicious! We agreed to meet at 12:30 at the diner for our date.

Diamond rose brooch

Of course, my sister was ten minutes late because, well, she is always late. And because I am always early, I was waiting for quite a while. When she finally got there, we got a cozy booth in the corner so our laughter and loudness does not bother anyone.

“So tell me why you need me to find a brooch for you?” I asked right away.

She laughed after I asked this question.

“Is this something that’s been bugging you, sis?” she responded. “You could not wait to ask me.”

I confessed to her that it was odd that she wanted a diamond brooch since she used to make fun of the old ladies who wore them. It just did not make any sense to me why she needed it and why she asked me to get it.

She then proceeded to explain to me that her next door neighbor’s husband had recently passed away. They were married for more than sixty years. He had been sick for a long time and it was almost a blessing when he died because he was suffering so much. My sister told me that she was pretty close with the couple since they had been living next door to her for several years in their apartment complex. Now that the husband died, the wife is all alone and spends a lot of time by herself. My sister goes over to see her as much as possible just to check in and make sure she is okay.

“So where does the brooch come in?” I asked.

“Well, her birthday is next week,” my sister said. “All the neighbors in the complex decided to give her a diamond brooch as a present because she wears them all the time.”

She continued to tell me that she took charge of buying the brooch from everyone. The only problem is that she knows nothing about jewelry and needs me to find the diamond brooch for her. I agreed to help her out and after our lunch date was over, we went to a jewelry store I know pretty well in downtown Houston.

When we got there, I was familiar with the layout of the store and I led my sister over to the section where the brooches were on display. She looked inside to see what they have.

“I really don’t like these things,” she said with a chuckle.

“You don’t have to like them,” I told her. “You just have to find one for your neighbor that she will like.”

With that said, my sister pointed her finger to show me a brooch. She asked me what I thought of it. It was very pretty—a flower with petals, a stem and leaves. Each part of it had small round diamonds. At the end tip of the flower stem was a ribbon that was also made up of diamonds. I have to say, it was actually very pretty.

“Excuse me,” my sister called out to lady standing nearby who worked in the store. “Can you tell me the cost of this brooch?”

The lady walked over and took the brooch out of the case. She looked at the tag and told us it cost five hundred dollars. I was not sure if that was too much or not, but judging by the big smile on her face, I figured it was right within her budget.

“I’ll take it,” she told the lady.

My sister told me her budget was five hundred dollars so this beautiful diamond brooch was perfect in every way. I have to admit, I was feeling a bit uncertain about my sister and her need for a diamond brooch, but now that I know what she needed it for, I am so happy I was able to help and find this magnificent piece of jewelry for a very special lady.

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Bracelets and Bachelorettes

 

I am all set to enjoy the bachelorette party weekend that my girlfriends and I have planned in Las Vegas. We just arrived here a few hours ago and we are all raring to go. My girlfriend, Jeannie, is getting married in three weeks and we are going to give her one last hurrah here in Vegas before she gets hitched. But while I am here, I also need to find top quality diamond bracelets priced under seven hundred dollars in Las Vegas, Nevada. The girls and I decided that we would buy her a stunning new bracelet to wear at her wedding. So even though I am going to have tons of fun this weekend, I do have to make sure I find this gift.

Diamond and sapphire bracelet

My friends and I want it to be a surprise so we devised a plan where Jeannie would go with them to the casino while I pretended to go make special reservations at a restaurant that we all wanted to go to for dinner. Tonight we will put our plan in motion so I can quickly find something. I read up on some of the stores in Vegas so I would know where to go. The last thing I want to do is spend the entire weekend running around from store to store trying to find a diamond bracelet.

Once the evening arrives, Jeannie and the girls get ready to go out to the casino. I leave ahead of them and said I would catch up with them later as soon as I take care of the reservations. I left as soon as I could and rushed out of the hotel to go to the jewelry store that just so happened to be in the hotel right next door to mine. Yes, we planned it that way to make life easier.

The hotel itself is extraordinary so I am hoping that the jewelry store will be the same. It took me forever to find it because there were so many twists and turns in the hotel. Vegas is known for being over the top with its hotels and this one was no exception. When I finally found it, I practically ran over a lady who was leaving as I entered the store.

“Excuse me,” I said to a man standing in the middle of the store who looked like he worked there. “Can you show me where your diamond bracelets are?”

“Absolutely,” he said.

He walked me over to the bracelets and let me take my time to look at them. I must say, there was nothing in the display case that was not breathtaking or drop dead gorgeous. But then again, this is Vegas and everything is over the top here—even the jewelry. My biggest fear, however, was that everything would be more than our seven hundred dollar budget. I kept on looking while praying what I would find would not be insanely priced.

As I gazed from one bracelet to another, I stopped at one in particular that really grabbed me. The design was sort of an art deco mosaic of randomly placed diamonds in all sorts of shapes and settings. Among the diamonds were some sapphires that were in circles and even some on the outer edge of the bracelet. It was very modern, but in a conservative way and I loved the fact that there were sapphires in it because that is Jeannie’s birthstone. I needed to know how much this bracelet cost.

“How much is this bracelet?” I asked the kind man.

He took it out of the case and looked at it carefully.

“Well, I just want to let you know that the diamonds are a lower quality than some of our other bracelets and the setting is actually sterling silver—not white gold,” he told me.

Maybe he thought this would disappoint me, but it actually got me excited because maybe that meant I would be able to afford it.

“So then how much does it cost?” I asked.

“Six hundred and twenty dollars,” he answered.

You could have knocked me over with a feather after he said that. I was over the moon with excitement that this stunning bracelet was actually within budget. I gladly told the man I wanted to purchase it. I took out the envelope of money that I had that was pooled together from all the ladies to purchase this gift. I gave the man his money, he gave me the bracelet and off I went to meet the ladies in the casino.

I cannot wait for all of us to present this great gift to Jeannie. She is going to absolutely love it!

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My Best Friend’s Wedding

 

My best friend in the whole wide world is getting married in two weeks and I want to get her beautiful diamond earrings priced under eight hundred dollars in Atlanta, Georgia. We have been friends for ten years—ever since college. She has been with me through some tough times like the death of my father and I was there for her when she had a cancer scare a few years back. These events in our lives have only brought us even closer as friends. I consider her more like a sister than a friend. This is why I want to buy her the most beautiful pair of diamond earrings for her special day.

Atlanta has so many great jewelry stores. Even though it is an old city, it is filled with a lot of modern and contemporary style stores which is just what I need. Barb, my friend, has a very distinct style. She prefers things that are ultra-modern and detests anything that looks old fashioned or conservative. That makes my life easy since I know what she likes. And because it is her wedding, I can get something super special—as long as it fits my budget of less than eight hundred dollars.

Modern Stud Diamond Earrings

Since I only have two weeks to get the earrings and there are so many other things I have to do for the wedding, I am going to try out a new jewelry shop that opened up around the corner from my office building downtown. I know it is a bit of a stretch since I am not familiar with the store at all, but the few times I have passed by it, they looked like they had some really great stuff. I have nothing to lose since it is nearby and I do not have to go out of my way.

I wound up staying late at the office to finish up a big project I was working on so I did not get to the store until after six o’clock. Good thing they were still open. I guess since they are new to the area, they want to keep the place open to attract new customers. I ran into the store as if I was being chased since I was not sure what their exact closing time was for the day.

As I burst through the door, a man standing at the front window greets with me with a smile and a chuckle.

“Well, hello there,” he says. “What are you running from?”

I laughed and explained that I was afraid the store would be closed or would be closing any minute so I wanted to make sure I got there in time.

“Oh no,” he responded. “We do not close until seven o’clock.”

“Good to know,” I said.

I walked over to the earrings after the man told me where I would be able to find them. He had a decent amount of them on display, but I was looking for a very special pair that Barb would absolutely love. And then I spotted them—the perfect pair of earrings.

Unlike your typical round stud earrings, these were rectangular. The bezel setting made them really contemporary looking and sleek as well as the white gold. The diamonds were crystal clear because oftheir emerald cut.

“Excuse me, sir,” I called out to the man. “Can you tell me how much these earrings cost?”

He came over and went behind the display case to open it up and take out the earrings. After putting his glasses on, he looked at the tag and told me the earrings cost seven hundred and fifty dollars.

Well, that was certainly within my budget, but still a bit more than I wanted to pay. I asked if there was any way of bringing down the price.

“How much would you like to spend?” he asked me.

That was a good question. I only knew I wanted to spend less than eight hundred dollars so I had to think for a second.

“If I could spend six hundred and seventy-five dollars do we have a deal?” I asked with the friendliest and most pathetic voice I could find.

“I think we can do that,” he answered.

Yes!! These earrings are going to blow Barb away when she sees them. She may even decide to wear them on her wedding day. After all—something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. These were definitely new. Now I cannot wait to give my best friend in the world the most beautiful pair of earrings in the world.

 

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My Mother-in-Law: A Special Gift for a Special Lady

 

I am in desperate need of a pair of inexpensive diamond earrings priced under five hundred dollars in Des Moines, Iowa. Why? My mother-in-law’s seventieth birthday is coming up very soon and I promised my wife I would buy the earrings for her since I work in downtown Des Moines and am surrounded by jewelry stores. But work got in the way every time I wanted to go by them and now I have only three days before her big birthday celebration. Needless to say, my wife has threatened to leave me (jokingly) if I do not follow through with my promise to get these earrings.

Thankfully, she has already told me which earrings to get and where to get them. She spotted them a few weeks ago while downtown. I needed her to pick me up at work and, while waiting for me, she did some window shopping and saw these really beautiful diamond earrings for her mom. Unfortunately, she did not have a lot of time to go in because she was meeting me at work to take me home. So she decided afterwards, that I would be able to get them for her since I work so close. Lucky me.

Diamond Pave Stud Earrings

Well, now I have all of three days to get them before the big party, so today after work, I am headed to the jewelry store to buy these earrings. My mother-in-law is not an overly flashy or fancy woman, but she always wears earrings—beautiful earrings. She once told me that a real lady does not need to wear a million pieces of jewelry—one perfect piece is all that is necessary whether it is a ring, a necklace, a watch or a pair of earrings. I certainly could not, and did not, argue with her on that. I am not a woman so I really cannot speak on the subject. But this is how my wife and I know that earrings are the perfect gift for her.

As soon as five o’clock hits, I rush out the office door and walk to the jewelry store which is only two blocks away from my building. Even though I never saw the earrings, my wife described them to me and even took a picture of them with her phone and sent it to me so I do not get the wrong ones. That wife of mine is always thinking ahead. Good thing the store is open until seven o’clock so I did not have to rush over there and was able to even stop for a cup of coffee to take with me on the way.

When I walk into the store, a nice, well-dressed lady greets me and asks if she could help me with anything. I took out my phone and showed her a picture of the earrings and asked if she still has them in stock.

“We sure do,” she says. “I will go get them for you so you can take a look.”

This is music to my ears because I can finally get them and my wife will be forever grateful—I hope. A minute later the woman returns with the earrings and I give them a look comparing them to the picture I had. They looked like the same thing, but just to be on the safe side, I took a picture of them and sent them to my wife so she could double check. No sooner did it get to her then she immediately sent me a reply back that the earrings were the correct pair.

“Okay,” I said to the woman. “These are the ones I need. How much are they?”

“These earrings are five hundred and seventy-five dollars,” she told me.

Wow—that was a lot more than I expected to pay. I asked if there was any way to get them a bit lower on the price.

“Have you ever bought from us before?” she asked.

“No,” I said. “This would be my first purchase.”

She explained to me that the store has a first-time customer discount of fifteen percent. That would bring me under five hundred dollars. That was much better since I had really only budgeted five hundred dollars for the gift.

I told the woman I would take the earrings. She cleaned them for me and put them in a beautiful black box which really made them look extra shiny.

Now I do not have to worry about having this task hang over my head any longer. The earrings are bought, my wife will be happy and my mother-in-law will have the most beautiful pair of earrings she has ever worn.

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Sister Bonding and Beautiful Bracelets in the Big Easy

 

My sister and I decided to take a week’s vacation to New Orleans. We have never been there and heard so many great things about it. They really made some major improvements and rebuilt a lot of the city since it got hit by Hurricane Katrina a few years ago. We figured this would be a real fun place to visit so that is where we spent our last college spring break. While I expected to have loads of fun, I did not expect that I would find inexpensive diamond bracelets priced under seven hundred dollars in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Opal-diamond-crystal-bracelet

Let me just say that when my sister and I arrived, we were in awe of everything. The historic buildings and the way everything looked was unlike anything I ever read about or saw on television. We knew the first place we wanted to go to was the French Quarter so that is where we went. This historic area of the city is where I managed to find the most incredible, and inexpensive, diamond bracelet.

We were strolling up and down the streets and decided to stop at one of the many restaurants that were there because we were both rather hungry. It was such a beautiful day outside that we ate on their outdoor patio that was set up with tables and chairs. The place was quiet since it was on off hour, but we loved the peacefulness of sitting there, people watching and taking in the sights. As I sipped my ice, cold beer, I noticed a blinking sign that read “Follow Me Here”. I could not imagine what the place was nor why I would want to follow it, but it was the not knowing that intrigued me. After we were done eating, I told my sister I wanted to head over there to see what it was.

Sure enough, it was a jewelry store. It did not look very big from the outside, but it was two stories high on the inside and it was filled with dozens of display cases with every piece of jewelry imaginable. My sister was just as excited as I was (we are girls, so jewelry is our thing). We took our time and walked around to see what was in each and every display case.

When I got to the bracelets, I took a real interest in one in particular. The bracelet was white gold and had three dark greenish pear-shaped stones that appeared to be bezel set. Next to them were two pear-shaped,open rings that were surrounded by diamonds. And then next to one of the rings was another pear-shape, open ring that was just plain white gold with no diamonds or stones in it. The rest of the bracelet was simply a box chain link with a white gold clasp to open and close it.

“Excuse me,” I said to a woman standing across from me. “Can I see this bracelet, please?”

“Sure,” she answered. “This is a beauty, isn’t it?”

She had a slight New Orleans drawl that was very endearing. After taking it out, she handed me the bracelet and I tried it on my wrist. It fit perfect. My sister came over and gushed over how great it looked. She told me I should definitely buy it.

“How much is it?” I asked.

“I think it is eight hundred dollars, but let me double check for you,” she said.

Yikes! There was no way I was going to spend so much money on a bracelet no matter how beautiful it looked. I should have never tried it on or even gone in the store.

“Well, I was very wrong,” said the woman as she came back. “This bracelet is only four hundred and twenty dollars.”

Well, that was a lot better than the first price she gave me. Now the only issue is if I want to spend that much on a bracelet. It is only my first day in New Orleans and who knows what else I may find while I am here. However, my sister was egging me on to buy it. She insisted it was too beautiful to pass up.

I kept looking at it on my wrist and admiring how much I loved it. At that point I could not take it anymore so I told the woman I would buy it. My sister asked if she could try it on her wrist while we were still there. I am beginning to think she wanted me to buy the bracelet so she could wear it herself.

After I paid for the bracelet, we left the store. My sister immediately went into her wallet and gave me half of the bracelet’s price. She told me that she wanted to make sure I really liked it before buying it, but is giving me half of the price as a birthday present since my birthday is coming up in a few weeks. How incredibly sweet that was and unexpected. I got a great present from a great sister. Who knew New Orleans would have great people, great food and such cheap diamond bracelets? This trip is going to be the best one ever!

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Nana Turns Ninety

 

Next week is my great grandmother’s ninetieth birthday. I do not know anyone who has lived as long as she has. I am in awe of how much life she has experienced and how great she looks at ninety years old. I can have a normal conversation with her about anything. She stays on top of the latest news and current events. She is one of the greatest ladies I know and I am proud and honored to call her my great grandmother.

My family has decided to throw her a big birthday despite the fact that she said she did not want anyone making a fuss over her. We told her that she is worth it. All the grandchildren and great grandchildren (and there are many of us) have decided on getting a joint gift of a diamond brooch for her. This will be an expensive gift which is why we all agreed to chip in together so we can get something extra special and nice. Because it was my idea to get her this gift, I am in charge of finding top of the line diamond brooches under one thousand dollars in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Diamond and pearl cameo brooch

Luckily for me, I knew just where to get some of the nicest diamond brooches in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It just so happens that one of my best friends, Janelle, has a family jewelry store in downtown Pittsburgh. I called her to see if they have diamond brooches and she said they have everything.So that is where I am headed to get great grandma her ninetieth birthday gift.

I have never been in the store before, but I knew exactly where it was because I frequent a bakery that is just two blocks away from it. When I walk inside, I ask to see Justin who is Janelle’s uncle. She told me he was working on Saturday and would be able to help me with what I need. Sure enough, there he was waiting for me. I guess he knew I was coming in to see him.

“Hi,” he said. “Janelle told me you were going to come in today. She said you need a diamond brooch for your great grandmother. Let’s go over here and see what we have.”

I followed Uncle Justin to another part of the store where the brooches are displayed. I have to say that I am not much for brooches. Maybe it is a generational thing—who knows? They were pretty, but not my taste at all.

“Do you know what type of brooch your great grandmother likes?” he asked me.

“Well,” I began to say, “She has a few of those cameo brooches so I guess something like that would be nice for her.”

“Okay, we can do that,” he answered.

The next thing I knew, Justin was taking out some cameo brooches for me to look at to see if they were nice enough for great grandma. Since I do not care for this type of jewelry, it was difficult for me to figure out which one would be right for her. I was beginning to get a bit stressed as I was the one responsible for the gift from everyone.

Justin must have noticed how confused and unsure I was so he showed me one brooch in particular that he thought I might like. It was oval shaped and had the usual cameo silhouette of a lady. The background was a bluish color—almost lavender looking up close. There were pearls all around it, but at the top and bottom were diamonds in an antique-like setting. One pearl hung down from the diamonds on the bottom of the brooch. Justin said this brooch was a bit more modern than some of the others, but still had that traditional and simple style. It was not bad compared with some of the others so I asked him how much it cost.

“Eight hundred and twenty dollars,” he answered.

It certainly was within my budget and I knew if I stayed and looked at more brooches I would only get more stressed and more confused so I told Justin I would buy this one. He was happy with my decision and I thanked him profusely for all of his help in finding me this beautiful diamond brooch for one very special lady.

 

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Finding More Than Great Music at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

 

My fiancé and I have decided to take a weekend trip to Cleveland. It is only a three-hour ride from where we live and we have both been dying to visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. We are huge music lovers so we are excited to see memorabilia and other collectibles from some of our favorite musicians and song writers. While I am there, I would also like to find a diamond bracelet. My fiancé promised to get me one while we are on our trip. I have a thirtieth birthday coming up very soon and he said that the bracelet will be both my birthday gift and my wedding present. I was more than fine with that since it will be a very expensive gift. Well, not that expensive. I was informed by my fiancé that I need to find inexpensive diamond bracelets priced under seven hundred dollars in Cleveland, Ohio.

SAPPHIRE DIAMOND BRACELET

During our ride to Cleveland, I thought about what type of bracelet I might want. Do I want it to be all diamonds, some diamonds with other gemstones? Do I want yellow gold, white goldor sterling silver? I guess dreaming about what I want will not be any good if I cannot find my diamond bracelet. At that point, I stopped thinking about bracelets and took in the pretty scenery on our drive.

When we got to our hotel, we checked in and headed towards downtown Cleveland. It was too late to go to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame so we thought we would enjoy the city and find a nice place to eat dinner. There were many great places to eat, but we chose a quaint little bistro where we could sit outside. The weather was not too cold and the sun was just starting to set so we figured we would enjoy what little daylight was left.

After dinner, we took a stroll through the streets of Cleveland and took in the sights. I never realized how beautiful this city was and how much there is to do here. And because it was Friday night, it was bustling with people going from one place to another. While on our walk, we came across a jewelry store that looked like it was about to close up for the night. I peeked inside and saw a lot of nice stuff so I rushed in before the owner closed everything.

“Hi,” I said. “Do you mind if I take a look around and see what you have?”

“Not at all,” the man said. “Take your time and let me know if you need any help.”

I walked around with my fiancé and stopped at the bracelet display. I figured since I was there, I might as well start looking to see if I can find my gift. As I peered inside, there it was—the most beautiful diamond bracelet I had ever seen.

The bracelet was white gold and had a pattern of round sapphires that were surrounded by tiny little diamonds with bigger diamonds in between each sapphire. Aside from how breathtaking it was, it had blue in it which is perfect for my wedding since I needed to wear something blue. You know what they say—something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. Well, this was both new and blue. I asked the man if I could see the bracelet. He came over and took it out of the case for me.

“Wow,” he said. “That looks gorgeous on you.”

“I have to agree,” said my fiancé. “What do you think?”

My first thought was that there was no way I was going to walk out of the store without this bracelet, but then I remembered that it had to be less than seven hundred dollars. I asked the man how much the bracelet cost. He took it from me and went to check the tag which had a bunch of codes on it that made no sense to me.

“Okay,” he started to say. “The bracelet is eight hundred and fifty dollars.”

I told the man that was way over budget. He asked me how much I wanted to spend and I told him it had to be less than seven hundred dollars.

“Well, I may be able to work something out for you,” he said. “I just got in a whole bunch of new inventory so I need to get rid of some of the stuff that has been hanging around here too long. This bracelet is one of those. How about if I give it to you for six hundred and ninety-five dollars? Would that work?”

I looked at my fiancé and he shook his head yes. I cannot believe I got this bracelet for that kind of price. So far this trip is turning out to be terrific and we have not really done much yet. I know when I return I will be talking more about thisunbelievably inexpensive diamond bracelet I found inCleveland that I found more than I will about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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