Wednesday, October 8, 2014
What is it about diamonds? Why do women prize them so much? I know they are relatively rare, though I’ve never heard of there being a diamond shortage. Yes they sparkle, but they are just clear.
I prefer jewels with color. Diamonds can have color, but the prized ones, the ones women want are clear and sparkly. Nothing else of value is clear. Glass, but glass is pretty cheap. There is no clear food. I’ve never seen a clear car or boat or plane. White yes, but not clear. Clear sparkly clothes? I don’t think so.
The only thing that is clear and sparkly that I know of is a diamond.
My son once asked me before he purchased an engagement ring,
“What is the difference between a diamond, and a cubic zirconia?”
“Well the CZ is flawless, the color is perfect, they sparkle more, they are very inexpensive, and if your wife ever finds out you gave her a CZ and not a diamond you’ll be sleeping on the couch.”
My second wife once elbowed me at a party and pointed to a lady with a huge rock on her finger,
“Look at the fake diamond, who is she kidding?”
“How do you know it’s fake? It looks like a diamond to me.”
“Are you kidding me? Look at the size of it. There is no way she could afford a real stone that big!”
So a diamond can be artificially copied, perfect in color, clarity and inexpensive, but you have to buy them in a size that would be an affordably diamond size or everyone knows it has to be fake.
Fake is bad in jewelry, even if it is superior in every way. I don’t get it.
Plastic replaced glass containers because it is more durable, easier to ship, can be molded into different shapes and is cheap.
Fiberglass has replaced wood in most pleasure boats because it is more durable, easier to maintain and is cheaper.
The equivalent to the diamond in fly fishing is a bamboo rod. Bamboo rods are expensive and are prized by purists even though they are heavier than new composite rods and in every way they suck compared to composites.
That’s it though. Diamonds for women, bamboo for fishing purists. There is nothing else that people will pay more for worse quality.
I don’t get it.
Well if I could afford it I would try and find my old 1958 MGA, even though it overheated in summer and the heater sucked in the winter and the top was a pain to put up and it didn’t always start, because…ok maybe I do get it.