Should Precious Jewels Be Strung On Shoelaces?
This necklace was the subject of some debate in my house this afternoon. As much as I love the designs of James de Givenchy for Taffin for the most part, this one just seems foolish to me. The necklace, which I spotted in the February issue of W but which also appeared in the October issue of InStyle is a big rubellite tourmaline set with diamond rondels. No problem there. The problem is that it is strung on rope. Silk rope, but rope nevertheless. The necklace sells for $50,000. Does this seem like lunacy to anyone else, to string a gorgeous and very expensive pendant on something that can fray or stain. Something better used for handmade beads or a kicky sterling silver charm. While I understand the cheeky nature of the high/low, of combining the precious with the ephemeral, I think that serious gems are a serious investment and should be treated as such. Stainless steel and diamonds I can live with because at least steel is tough. Can we really imagine this hitting the auction market in 20 years?
The argument in my house? While I was very loudly proclaiming why this was wrong, wrong, wrong and an insult to a stone which took nature years to create, miners great effort to find, and a jeweler time and skill to cut and polish, my significant other went outside, picked up a rock lying in the dirt and said, "It took nature a long time to create this one too." And now you know why I buy my own jewelry.