Saturday, May 31, 2008

Would This Work On You?


My (now) wife and I always snigger when pass by this place. Another favorite goes something like "The only diamond too big is the one on another woman's finger." So, do you think these come off as merely tongue in cheek, or is there some segment of the population that feels insecure reading these?

10 comments :

mndean said...

You've obviously missed the Lowe's ads where a couple of neighbors are shopping (competitively) for backyard nonsense (multi-burner grills, gazebos, decks, etc.). The alleged humor in those ads is similar in that it is in the same vein as used to be called "keeping up with the Joneses". If it wasn't effective, they wouldn't use it. As it is, I can't see any use for a piece of hardened carbon anyway.

Rich said...

What really galls me is the nerve of a company to be giving the consumer a 'guideline' as to how much they should be spending. i.e. two months' salary. That's a lot of dough, no matter how much your salary is.

Luckily my wife is an accountant, and knows the value of compound interest, and what effect two months' salary would have on down payment savings. She doesn't care about a ring, she cares about a financially stable future.

Deflationary Jane said...

Geez, brow beat guy much?

I'm with Rich and you married a smart woman. I told Mr. Jane ixnay on the diamonday. An artist and jeweler friend did my ring I like shiny things so that's a fat CZ sitting it. The platinum is real, it has resale value.

/whips out the soapbox

Reminds me of this
http://tinyurl.com/6asjfq

Diamonds have very little resale value unless you get into large old stones like a 2 or 3 carat mine or rose cut or really have a whooper with crazy clarity or an unusual color. Settings are what retain value but almost only if they are historically or artistically significant. I have a friend who's ring was made in 1762. If you are going to invest in jewelry, that's the way to do it.

We also got married at the Justice of the Peace in Yolo. No wedding presents but folks who insisted made donations to Habitat for Hummanity in our name.

The whole wedding industry is just to separate ordinary, nice people from a lot of money. I think Jim Cary and his wife were married on a hill at sunset with a boombox and a priest. I like his style.

ok back to packing

siflsockpuppet said...

I was going to say 'I think you mean snicker' but then I looked it up, and what do you know, snigger is a legitimate alteration of snicker. I learn something new every day.

norcaljeff said...

So, you've always wondered why there is a perceived or otherwise gender pay gap? Let's see, one of the sexes pays for dates, gets hosed in the divorce and then on top of it all is told to spend 3 months gross salary on a ring? I've seen friends of mine going into debt to fund these things as well as weddings, honeymoons, etc. It's insane IMO.

Anonymous said...

Dumbass knife cather will feel the pain when they go into foreclosure in 3 years. HAHAHA.

Wadin' In said...

Max, I gave my soon-to-be bride and option: 2 carats or...a beautiful Moissanite stone and 5-years buyback of CalPERS retirement pay she passed up in the 1990's. She chose the latter. Moissanite has so much more brilliance anyway, and the security of increased retirment means so much more! That is my kind of woman! An asset instead of a liability!

Of course we can all argue that if CalPERS keeps buying land in the central valley, and holes on the Capital Mall, their solvency may be in question. Luckily, we have the State of CA and their taxing authority to back it up.....don't we???

PeonInChief said...

I have diamond chips in a platinum setting. It was my grandmother's. My grandparents' initials and the date of their marriage were engraved on the bottom of the ring, and I can still mostly read them. My mother gave it to me when I told her that I wanted it more than any of her other jewelry. I've worn it as my wedding ring ever since and Mr. Peon doesn't object. (Our original ring cost $18 and I lost it 20 years ago.)

PeonInChief said...

Oh, DJ, I hope that you intend to keep in touch via the net. We shall miss you.

Wadin' In said...

DJ, I missed and important item. I take it you are leaving us??? Who is going to keep Sippn in line? Where are you going?