|The stunning Amalfi Coast in Italy. Photo by Anzenberger-Fink from National Geographic.|
I read an interesting post last month over at The Jewelry Box thread on PurseForum regarding a woman’s internal debate—she had saved some money, about $5,000 I think, to do something special with, but wanted to know from others: Should she go to Paris for the first time or buy a piece of fine jewelry?
|Cartier Tank Solo, small model, in yellow gold.|
Some respondents said to go to Paris, pick experiences over things, while others told her to get the jewels! One lady had a great idea—try to travel to Paris as inexpensively as possible and buy a small piece of jewelry while there, to remember the trip by. I kind of like that advice.
Because of kids and lack of funds and general circumstances, I don’t travel much with my family and know that a piece of expensive jewelry would still be less expensive than taking four people to Paris for a week so I admit that my first reaction was, Hello! Buy a piece of jewelry!
|Casino de Monte-Carlo. Yes, please! Photo from Wikimedia.|
I remember my hairstylist, who is Ukranian, once said to me, “I never went anywhere when I was growing my son” (her exact verb, growing, which I just love). Now she’s in her 50s and travels all the time. I seriously have to book my appointments with her around her vacations. I keep her as a role model—I will travel again, I shouldn’t give up hope!
In the meantime, in lieu of a trip to Capri or Monaco or Edinburgh (or anywhere else for that matter, though going to Manhattan frequently is a pretty nice consolation prize, if I do say so myself), a piece of fine jewelry sounds divine.
|Tiffany Metro ring in 18k rose gold with pavé diamonds. Yes please to this too!|
|Edinburgh Castle. Photo by everycastle.com.|
Do tell me, if you had $5,000 and could only pick one, which would it be, the travel or the jewels? If it’s travel, where would you go, and if it’s jewels, what would they be?
|Van Cleef & Arpels Vintage Alhambra 5-motif bracelet in malachite and yellow gold. Gorgeous!|
|I’ll have what she’s having!|
Mildly unrelated side note: When looking for a picture of Monte-Carlo I came across a funny post over at Pommie Travels called “Broke-Ass Monte-Carlo: How to Do Monaco on the Cheap.” Hilarious! It’s really a great post so stop by and read how to visit Monaco on a dime (or a Euro, really).