It's written by a man who sells jewelry, but his short essay sums up well my feelings about jewelry.
"Jewelry Is A Necessity, Not A Luxury"
By Barry Nicholls
Do people really need jewelry? We all need pleasure and joy in our lives. Of all the things available to give pleasure and joy, nothing lasts as long or does the job as powerfully and consistently as jewelry.
If you need a lift and go out for dinner and a movie or remodel your house, or buy a new car, you will probably get the lift you need. These things and others work very well, but they don't last.
A fine piece of jewelry does the same job of giving you a lift - often more effectively, since you get to enjoy it more intimately by wearing it right on your body. Jewelry makes you feel good when you put it on and again every time someone sees it and compliments you about it. And that's every time they see you, wherever you go.
How long does this wonderful feeling continue? Virtually forever, with only a little care and maintenance. In fact, your children and grandchildren may enjoy the same lift and joy daily, with no further investment.
How much would you be willing to pay for a beautiful car that your grandchildren can still drive in 100 years? Is a car still as gorgeous and dependable as the day you bought it?
A car like that would be worth a lot. But we spend many thousands of dollars maintaining it and keeping it on the road each year.
Yet, how much does a fine piece of jewelry cost? Maybe only hundreds of dollars.
We all need joy and pleasure in our lives, so we are not only selling a necessity but a very important and prestigious necessity. Is jewelry a good investment? The answer is: there is no finer investment in the joy of good living!
Itbit, I really enjoyed reading that. I agree 100%. Some of the pieces I've bought years ago are still my favorites and make me feel special every time I wear them. Other pieces remind me of people I love that bought them for me, like the pearl bracelet my sister gave me for Christmas one year. I never leave the house without any jewelry, it's a necessity to me too.