36 thoughts on “February 12, 2017

  1. Diamonds are actually worthless as jewels; they only have what’s perceived as worth because the diamond cartels say they do. (So sayeth a gal I knew who worked for Kay Jeweler’s for far longer than was good for her.) Use them as tools instead, like glasscutters, and get your significant other something nicer, like chalcedony, star sapphires, or opals. Or if you wanna go the expensive route, there’s always sapphires, rubies, and emeralds.

    • Oh, I don’t know. Diamonds can be very beautiful. I’m not saying other gem stones aren’t just as beautiful- I’m just saying that calling diamonds ‘worthless’ as jewels is a bit if a stretch.

      • I’m afraid it’s not a stretch. Let’s compare a diamond to a ruby, since I previously cited those. The International Gem Society has this to say about rubies: https://www.gemsociety.org/article/ruby-jewelry-and-gemstone-information/

        Compare that to what they say about diamonds: https://www.gemsociety.org/article/are-diamonds-really-rare/

        If you want a diamond, I suggest synthetics for better quality. If you want a gem with more beauty and monetary worth, a ruby would be a better choice.

      • As a gemstone they have intrinsic value, but before DeBeers launched a massive marketing campaign in the mid-20th century, hardly anyone gave a crap about diamonds. They are pretty much the only reason diamonds are as popular as they are.

        • “but before DeBeers launched a massive marketing campaign in the mid-20th century, hardly anyone gave a crap about diamonds.” I see you’ve discovered The Huffington Post’s repost of a blog called ‘Diamonds Are Bullshit’ from priceonomics.com. The intrinsic value of diamonds was never all that high to begin with The value was in how rare they were. That is until British financiers’ expeditions in South Africa led to a diamond mine discovery which then flooded the market.

    • And depending on the stone, sapphires, rubies, and emeralds might not be that expensive. My husband didn’t pay very much at all for my engagement ring (sapphire in the center). My stone is a bit darker (but still blue) and has a small flaw in it, but I don’t care because he picked it out for me based on what *I* liked and not what the jewelry companies claimed I should have, and he didn’t break the bank on it.

      • They are outperformed by moissanite in every category except hardness. And I don’t know about you, but I don’t look for drilling utility in my engagement rings.

  2. I never see any advertisements about what should be bought for the MEN on February 14. Just crap ads about what we need to buy to romance the WOMEN.
    As if Valentine’s Day is a one-sided, gift-giving affair.

    • To corporations, it is, as Men In General are too ‘manly’ and ‘stoic’ to want to be romanced. And/or it’s, “buy these glitters and they’ll DEFINITELY sleep with you”. It’s like how Ladies’ Night at bars are to help women get too intoxicated to refuse a guy’s advances.

      • I suspect it’s also partly an artifact of the whole “men are the sole bread-winners” idea. Men make the money, not the women, so it’s men who have to buy all the gifts for Valentines Day.

    • In the US it pretty much is one-sided. Now if you lived in Japan it’s the other way around. Japanese Valentine’s is for women to give gift to the men in their lives, they even have “Obligation” gifts for coworkers. March 14th, called White Day, is for the women. They apparently have a whole line of white chocolate and marshmallow treats just for that day.

    • I agree with you. It’s become so one sided. Now you have women competing with each other over what their man did for them on Valentine’s day trying to one up each other and that’s not fair. It’s supposed to be about couples. What they can do for each other. No wonder men hate Valentine’s day!

    • I think it’s because women typically have very little problems figuring out what men want. Still, you’d think stores like Victoria’s secret would be running ads….

  3. “There was a time when Valentine’s Day meant something. Then it was a business of real lovers and there was sweetness under its delicate shy disguise. Good [graces]! that’s gone long ago. Now nobody makes more than a joke of it. We hate this modern degeneracy, this miscellaneous and business fashion. Send a Valentine by the penny post too? Bah! Give us the sweet old days when there was a mystery about it.”
    -New York Daily Tribune, 1847

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