When my family moved us to Jacksonville several years ago, I thought I would never speak to them again. I was happy living in south Florida and moving up to the northern part of the state is like living in the boonies. But I have changed my mind and have found it to be beautiful and wonderful living here. I even get to experience more of the seasons than when I did in Miami. Jacksonville gets quite cold in the winter time whereas Miami is always warm no matter what time of year.
My mom is going to be celebrating her fiftieth birthday soon and I have been saving my money to get her something special—diamond earrings. Since I do not have a lot of time to shop between school and work, I really need to quickly find stunning diamond earrings priced under eight hundred dollars in Jacksonville, Florida. I know my mom would love diamond earrings—what woman wouldn’t?
Because my work does not end until six o’clock and most jewelry stores close around seven o’clock, I made arrangements to leave work early today so I would not feel so rushed and could take my time shopping for earrings. My boss had no problem with me leaving before six since I never miss a day and often stay later to finish up whatever needs to be done. Today I will leave at four o’clock and then make my way to the jewelry store near my office that I scoped out a few times. They had quite a few pairs of earrings that I really liked. I hope their prices are something I really like too.
To walk into the store is like hitting the jewelry jackpot. There are cases beyond cases of jewelry—everything from contemporary styles to more conservative, traditional styles. The store even has a section for estate jewelry. If I cannot find something here, then I may be in big trouble because I cannot imagine another store having this much.
All of a sudden I hear a voice from behind me asking me if he can help me.
“Hi,” I say back. “Can you tell me where your diamond earrings are? I am interested in buying them for my mom.”
“Well aren’t you a nice daughter,” he says to me. “Step this way with me and I will show you what I have.”
He shows me a display case that is filled with diamond jewelry. However, I am only interested in the earrings so I focus on only that. But it is not difficult to be easily distracted by all the other stuff that I see. Unfortunately, I can see some of the price tags on the earrings and none of them are even close to my budget.
“I know this may sound crazy,” I begin to tell the man. “But I really need a pair of earrings that are less than eight hundred dollars. Do you have any?”
The man looks around the store as he thinks. Then he suddenly asks me to follow him over to another part of the store where the estate jewelry is on display.
“All of this jewelry in here was previously owned and sold to us,” he explains. “So you may be able to find something closer to your budget in here.”
I sure hope this case of jewelry is more affordable than the other. Again, I focus on the earrings despite the fact that there are so many beautiful pieces to look at. As I gaze from one pair of earrings to another, I notice a sweet little pair of sapphire and diamond stud earrings. This round pair has one single diamond surrounded by many very small sapphires. They are really deep blue in color which makes the center diamond stand out even more than it already does.
“How much are these earrings?” I ask the man.
He takes them out of the case and looks at the tag. He then proceeds to tell me that the earrings are seven hundred and fifteen dollars. Jackpot! This makes me so happy that I nearly hug the salesman from excitement.
I pay for the earrings and the salesman is kind enough to clean them for me and put them in a matching blue velvet box. I cannot wait to give these stunning earrings to my mom. I just know she is going to be so surprised and speechless after she sees them.