Unlike other objects, diamond rings powerfully inculcate gender differences and sexual status. They say, "I am taken," and a large ring says, "I am taken by a rich man that would crush your man, Darwinian-style."
I've never really thought much about jade. Perhaps it's because in New York (where I currently reside) there are thousands of jade bracelets for sale on almost every street corner for around $5. But I was schooled hard in Mandalay, Myanmar, where I hit the world-famous jade market.
It's that most wonderful time of year for window shoppers -- and all shoppers. Our major department and jewelry stores have unveiled their holiday displays, and it's time to indulge the inner child in us all.
It's true that making the ring your "something old" will save your bank account from being "something blue." Even worse than a car once you drive it off the lot, an engagement ring retains as little as 30 percent of its value once it becomes second-hand.
There always seems to be a study regarding marriages, the cost of weddings and even divorces. With all of the possible variables that the human factor presents, what seems to be missing is good ol common sense.
I recently started wearing my grandmother's engagement ring. The other day, I caught my boyfriend staring at my hand. I thought he was admiring my freshly-painted purple nails, but when I asked him about it he said, "Your ring is making me jealous. I feel like you're engaged."