The last time I bought jewelry was about a year ago when we sold my diamond ring and bought a man-made diamond instead. Before that, I don’t think I had bought any jewelry that cost more than about $10 since we bought my first engagement ring five years ago. I normally just wear my watch, my wedding/engagement rings, and a necklace from my collection of inexpensive funky jewelry (like the big washer that my sister etched with paint stripper and put on a chain). But last year, after we bought my ring, I noticed that the same company sells a necklace that I really really loved. I’ve gone back to their website a few times to look at it, but I could never justify spending the money to buy it.
Then today I got an email from them, saying that some of their stuff is on sale this month. And that necklace is one of the things on sale. It’s about $100 less than it’s been ever since I’ve been watching it. I thought about it today, and decided that we can afford to spend $166 – and my husband insisted that I get it. But I just went back to the website and read the description of the necklace, and was very bummed to see that it says “chain sold separately.” Well, crud. Their chains start at $129, which makes my $166 necklace more like a $300 necklace. I suppose I could get the pendant and then hunt around to find cheaper chains somewhere else. But now I have to think about it again.