Sunday, June 1, 2014

Travel or Jewels?

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).

22 comments:

Monica said...

I love questions like this. Living in Australia, $5000 would cover little more than plane flights for me and my boyfriend to most places in the world, so in this particular case I'd personally go with the jewellery. But I'm trying to keep a balance between spending on experiences and on possessions.

Suzanne Carillo Style Files said...

This is easy. I would travel. An experience always trumps possessions in my book any day.

Having just been to Monaco a couple of weeks ago there are a whole lot of places I'd visit other than there.

You might find my post on French people interesting. I have another one coming up this week along with more photos from my trip.

bisous
Suzanne

JoanneM said...

Easy.
You have a family member watch your children.

You and your husband go for a week. If you don't go now, it is high school sports, college and then a wedding pops up.

Jewelry for those times when you cant leave at all. See above.

:)

Kind Regards
Joanne

thevintagetraveler said...

This is easy; I'll take the travel. Maybe it's because I'm 59 and have some nice jewelry already, but I'll take my $5000 and the husband and I'll will spend a couple of weeks in Ireland on the cheap.

Kelly Jackson said...

Hey Jill. Nice to hear from you, and thanks for the well-wishes! I've got my Cartier rings and also enough vintage costume bling to last several lifetimes, so I'd def go for the travel! The next big question: where? Xo

Coulda shoulda woulda said...

Tough question!! Some trips have been so good that the memories replayed are worth it and some items bring me a smile but overall I would have to say trip! X

Adrienne Shubin said...

This isn't a hard question for me to answer. Travel!! Without a doubt. I have everything I want in terms of nice jewelry - which isn't really that much compared to others. I have a Rolex, a pair of diamond studs and my wedding set. That is all I want....give me a plane ticket and a hotel room in Paris over baubles any day!

hostess of the humble bungalow said...

Oh it woulld be travel and the destination Paris! I am saving like mad to go next Spring...like Adrienne mentioned I have enough jewelry and I don't even wear all that I own.

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

I think I would always pick travel over the jewels...but this would be a great problem to have! Beautiful images, Jill!

Glenda said...

I relate completely to this post. My husband and I are growing two teen sons, with one going to college in two years. The thought of lavish trips aren't in the picture right now. If I had the 5 grand to spend, I would choose a trip to France without a second guess.

PinkCheetahVintage said...

Mostly travel and some lower priced jewellry :)

une femme said...

I have to say right now...travel! Though I suppose I could go to Monte Carlo, put it all on red and buy some jewelry too with my winnings...
;-)

Linda said...

Love this post and the beautiful pictures. With $5000, I'd probably pick jewelry, split between Cartier & Tiffany's.

Dawn Lucy said...

What a fun question! I'd take the trip. Now, where to go .. where to go … Hmm … I'd love to visit Ireland. And it would be so cool to go to Japan. Also, I'd love to see beautiful Alaska. The pic of Edinburgh Castle brings back memories. I spent a cold, windy, and magical day there many years ago. :)
OXOX
Dawn Lucy

Anonymous said...

I've no doubts about it, I'd choose travel, I'd travel to India tomorrow morning if I could with an Indian friend of mine, my husband does not particularly like this destination....as for Monaco dear, if you want there, get a hotel close to Menton over the Italian- French border and go to Monaco by train, the view from the train that runs through Cote D'Azur is to die for! And you can do it in a day

Cynthia @ My Rose Colored Shades said...

As much as I love a nice piece of jewelry, travel is always the winner in my book. I believe the experiences and memories are so worth it.

valleyoftheshoes said...

Travel, hands down. I have traveled a ton, but I still have a long bucket list of places to check out. A safari in Africa, Bora Bora, Australia & New Zealand, etc., etc, etc.

CLTinTurkey said...

Travel--EVERY TIME!

After 30 years of working, i realize that experience beats stuff in all cases. I have NEVER regretted any trip taken, only those I missed. See the world, broaden your mind, learn more about yourself! I buy only two souvenirs, a pair of fun earrings and a music CD. I return home and make a trip slideshow with the music in the background. Run it during cocktail hour for those who might be interested. Buon viaggio! Bon voyage! Buen viaje! Iyi yolculuklar!

Jill said...

Ladies, this has been such an interesting discussion, I love all the comments! My new friend Diana had this to say in an email, which she said I could share with all of you:

Travel! I will be 87 in July and we are about to leave for the second of four trips scheduled for 2014. Two weeks in Ireland. This will be followed by a two week river boat cruise from Chicago to Montreal and a mother-daughter (daughter in law in my case) week in San Miguel Allende.

During various times in my life, I have owned that Cartier Tank watch and a Cartier Santos watch. I loved both...but when they began to cost money in cleaning etc, sold them.

Memories can always be taken out and looked at and never need repairs. And...when you are rather wrinkly....jewelry doesn't look that great, anyway!

PS. Loved the suggestion to go to Paris and buy a small piece of jewelry. Instead of fine jewelry, which would be very small, go to Chanel and buy a classic piece of bijoux. Be sure to keep the box! If you tire of it, you will probably be able to sell it for as much or more as you paid for it!

vintagefrenchchic said...

I loved this post and actually tried to comment from my iPod the other day and it didn't take...grrr. Interesting, since then, you have added the comments from Madame Diane--and her sentiments echoed mine exactly. In the evening of my life, when my grand-children (or other such young person) asks me about my life, I don't want to say, "Well, I didn't go anywhere in particular or take any adventures...but have you seen my jewelry box?" No way! I want to sit with them and show them photographs and scrapbooks of a life lived--not how a piece of jewelry lived on me. xo H

Tiina L said...

I would say split the money in half, buy a less expensive piece of jewellery and go somwhere nice. Not Paris. That's such a cliche...

Pret a Porter P said...

travel.