My Godmother’s Southwestern Birthday Surprise


My Godmother, Ava, is coming to visit me here in New Mexico. She is taking a two-week excursion out west with her sister. They are doing a Thelma and Louise type of thing, but withoutflying their car over a cliff or meeting some hunky guy like Brad Pitt. The two of them just decided to take a trip together. Ava’s husband died a few years ago and her sister is divorced, but the two of them do not get to spend as much time together as they would like so they agreed to take off from their jobs for two weeks and travel. Good for them.

Ironically, my Godmother’s birthday is during her two-week vacation so I want to find some gorgeous diamond pendants priced under five hundred dollars in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She is such a special person to me and I want to get her something equally special—especially since it is her sixty-fifth birthday. I do not have that much time because she will be here in a few days so I need to find something quick.

Diamond and turquoise Pendant

Luckily, I already know what kind of pendant I want to get Ava. Since she is taking a trip out west, I thought I would get her something that represents the culture here. Turquoise is very popular in New Mexico so I want to get a pendant that has some in it and maybe some diamonds as well. I just hope it is not too much to ask to find one that is less than five hundred dollars. Right now that is all I can afford.

With the days going by quickly, I take Saturday as an opportunity to do my pendant shopping among other errands I need to run. I am pretty familiar with the jewelers in the city of Albuquerque so I do not need to worry much about where I should go. My first stop is my favorite southwestern style jewelry store. I have gotten a few bracelets and earrings there so they should be able to give me a good deal.

The owner immediately greets me when I walk in the store because he has helped me several times in the past.

“Hi,” he says. “Good to see you again.”

“Thanks,” I say back. “Good to see you too. I need to find a gift for my Godmother. Do you have any turquoise pendants?”

“Well, I sure do,” he answers. “Take a walk with me over here and I will show you what I have.”

We walk over to a display case that is filled with turquoise jewelry—earrings, bracelets, rings, brooches and pendants. Some of them are very dark while others are lighter. Some are round while others are square shaped. There were so many shapes, sizes and styles. It was very exciting to see it all. I really took my time to get a good look at what he had and then I found exactly what I wanted—a turquoise pendant that was shaped in a square and surrounded by two rows of small diamonds. The turquoise part was at least two carats in size and had small diamond facets on the face of it. Two very small rows of diamonds outlined it. It was so beautiful and very much in the style of the southwest.

“Hey, Joe,” I called out. “Can you tell me how much this pendant cost?”

He came over, took out the pendant and let me look at it while he figured out the price. This was such a beautiful piece of jewelry that I was praying on the inside that it would be affordable. Within a few seconds, Joe turned around and told me the pendant would cost me four hundred and fifty dollars. I was ecstatic when he gave me this good news.

“Thanks Joe,” I said. “Can you wrap it up for me in a really nice box?”

“Sure thing,” he answered. “I will even clean it for you and give you some jewelry cleaner that your Godmother can use to keep it looking sparkly all the time.”

Joe is the greatest—just like his jewelry. I left the store and went off to run the rest of my errands. Ava will be visiting in a few days and I want everything to be perfect when she and her sister arrive. I cannot wait to see them both and give Ava this spectacular diamond pendant. I know she will absolutely love it!


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Deep in the Heart of Texas are Diamond Bracelets


I am in Dallas trying to find an apartment since I will be going to school here in the fall. I have been a student at the University of Georgia, but the school here in Dallas has a better program for what I want to study. But because I am not a freshman and used to living on my own, I need to find an apartment that is near the school for convenience. While I am here, I need to find a special gift for my girlfriend back home in Georgia. She is not very happy about me leaving her behind for Dallas. I told her that it will only be for a year or two until I am done with my studies here. She is trying to be understanding about the whole thing. I want to come back with something special for her so I need to find stunning diamond bracelets priced under seven hundred dollars in Dallas, Texas.

Diamond and Gold Heart Bangle Bracelet

Since I am new to this area, I do not know much about where to find the best and lowest priced jewelry. The hotel I am staying at has a few stores so I will start with their jewelry store and hope to find something quick before I leave. I really cannot leave Dallas empty handed. I need to get this gift.

Bracelets are my girlfriend’s favorite piece of jewelry to wear which is why I decided on getting her one. I think the only time she is not wearing a bracelet is when she is in the shower. Other than that, her wrists are always covered in at least two or three of them. It is my last day here in Dallas so I do not have any time to waste.

I saw that the store in the hotel does not open until ten o’clock so I took my time getting dressed and eating breakfast in the restaurant in the lobby. I browsed through the local paper just in case I needed to go to another store for the bracelet. There were a few ads for some local jewelers so I kept the paper just in case I needed it. As soon as it was ten o’clock, I headed over to the store which was only about a fifty foot walk.

The man was still setting things up when I got there, but invited me in any way to see what he had. He really did not have much and I was starting to think it was going to be a very short visit.

“Can I help with you something today, sir?” he asked me in that friendly Texan voice.

“Yeah, maybe you can,” I answered. “I am looking for a diamond bracelet for my girlfriend.”

“Oh, okay. The bracelets are in this case over here,” he responded.

I walked over to where he told me the bracelets were located. I was honestly surprised to see that there were quite a few of them in the case. However, one of them really grabbed my attention.

The bracelet was a gold bangle—nothing fancy about it at all. The closure, however, was two diamonds that met at their bottom point and one side of each one of them was made up entirely of diamonds. It almost looked like a butterfly that had wings where some of them were diamonds. I liked the simplicity of the bracelet, but I also loved how beautiful it looked. My girlfriend would definitely like it since she likes to wear gold a lot.

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

“Let me take it out of the case and take a look,” he answered.

After he took the bracelet out, he told me the price, but then asked if I was a guest at the hotel. I said that I was and then he informed me that all hotel guests get ten percent off their purchase. This came as a welcome surprise.

“So then how much is the bracelet with my discount?” I asked.

“With the discount, the bracelet comes to four hundred and thirty dollars,” he told me.

He could have knocked me over with a feather after telling me that. I never expected a diamond bracelet so stunning to be so affordable. I was beyond excited. I told the man that I was definitely taking the bracelet. He cleaned it up for me and put it in a pretty red bracelet box.

When I was done, I went back to my room and packed the bracelet in my suitcase so I would not forget it when I left later on today. I am so glad that is over with and I will be able to give my girlfriend something super special. Now if only I can find an apartment this easy and this cheap!

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Cruising Kansas City for Diamond Earrings


I am standing in the middle of the most amazing city I have ever been to—Kansas City. Sure, it may sound odd. Not too many people may think of Kansas City as this great place. After all, it does not have all the excitement as New York City or Las Vegas, but it has something even more special in my opinion—heart. The people here are some of the nicest, kindest people I have ever met. This is my first visit here and I feel like I have lived here all my life because everyone has been so welcoming to me.

So why am I even here in Kansas City? My company sent me on a business trip here because they are thinking about expanding to Kansas City. They want more of a Middle America location in addition to having offices on the east coast. I am scheduled to be here for five days. While I am here, I think I am going to see if I can find gorgeous diamond earrings priced under five hundred dollars in Kansas City, Missouri. My wife and I will be celebrating our anniversary in a few weeks and it is much easier to get her a gift when she is not with me. This seems like the perfect time to do it.

Diamond Earrings on Gold Hook

Lucky for me my wife does not like anything that is super fancy or luxurious. She is a very simple, practical woman. I think that is what I love most about her. She is not extravagant or needs expensive things to keep her happy. So I budgeted a little less than five hundred dollars for a pair of diamond earrings. Even though she will think this is way too much extravagance for an anniversary gift, she really deserves it—especially since I have been away a lot on business.

Since my days are filled up with meetings and site visits, I figured the best time to shop is after my business dinner when I have time to myself. That plan worked out well as my dinner finished up early and I had a few hours to stroll the city in search of some diamond earrings. I remember seeing a few jewelry stores the first day I was here so there should be no problem finding something nice.

After I left the dinner, I headed towards the northern part of town which is where I was on my first day. I recalled there was a really big jewelry store there. While on my way, I was hoping they were not closed. I never checked the hours so I am keeping my fingers crossed that once I am there, they will still be open.

Sure enough as soon as I get to the store, the lights are all on and I see a man standing inside the store. So far, so good. A bell rings as I open the door to walk inside and look. The man comes over to me and asks if I need any help. I tell him I want some diamond earrings for my wife that are not too expensive.

“Oh, we have lots of different styles in lots of different prices,” he tells me.

That is good to hear. He walks me over to the earring section of the store so I can take a look. There were lots to see which meant making a decision could be difficult. Maybe the price will help me dwindle down the choices—at least that is what I hope.

I see a pair of earrings that I really like. They are nothing fancy—a simple round diamond solitaire on a gold fishhook-like closure. They are a cross between studs and dangling earrings. These would be perfect for my wife because she could wear them every day—they are that practical. Now I just need to find out how much they cost.

“Excuse me,” I call out to the man. “Can you tell me the price of these earrings?”

He takes them out and looks at them. He hands them to me so I can take a closer look while he figures out the price. I really like them. They are simple, yet classy.

“The earrings are four hundred dollars,” he tells me.

Super, I thought. I tell him that I will take them. He congratulates me on my “great taste” and gives them to me after I pay. I head back to my hotel room to turn in for the night.

Now I have one more reason to love Kansas City—great people, great place, great diamond earrings!

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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.


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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