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Shiny stuff

September 13th, 2013

Boy, did I ever do something stupid the other weekend. I encouraged my daughter to covet expensive gems. Now, even the cheap downgrade is costing more than I want.

I didn't mean to do this. Here's how it happened: she likes the shiny river rocks that decorate some neighbors' yards. They're black with some sparkle in it.

Olivia kept mooning over the "soft" and pretty rocks, so I told her I'd buy a bag and give her one for each week she got five gold stars at school.

I can appreciate her love for pretty rocks. As a child living in the East Coast, I recall it was very popular for the neighbors to decorate their lawns with shiny white granite chips, which fascinated me with the way they shone in the sun.

That, and every other house had a little cast-iron statue of an African American man dressed as a jockey holding a lantern by the path. Being the emancipated North, I'm going to guess this is meant in a positive way? Boy I haven't thought of that for a long time.

I digress. So we had already agreed on the $10 bag of river rocks as a reward I could distribute over the course of many weeks for good behavior. Why did I have to open my mouth, then?

Because I love her, and I wanted to share my enjoyment of pretty stones with her. When we were getting ready for bed, I looked up crystals so I could show her other - prettier- rocks.

Her eyes popped open wide as her little finger whipped through the images of various crystals. She certainly has expensive taste.

She asked me to buy her an $800 raw crystal geode, as well as some fancy looking diamond that probably costs $20,000. Yeah, that's going to be like 13 years' worth of gold stars at school.

Rose quartz

Rose quartz

Olivia turned down the river rock bag in favor of crystals. We ended up at Sedona in Ward Center because I didn't know where else to go; bead and craft shops didn't have it.



Even the little crystal chips cost a buck, but she had a grand time mulling over the many bowls of sparkling colors before selecting one.

Note to self: it's not smart to upsell your own self.

2 Responses to “Shiny stuff”

  1. Gale:

    Hi, Diane! I learned something I never knew from your photo ! I never knew that Peridot and Olivine were the same thing! We used to love to wear Olivine jewelry when we were kids! Like sheep, we all went to Woolworth to get St. Christopher medals and also Olivine jewelry. I think that the Olivine jewelry was often a gift from a special guy. Short of going steady, but an expression of high level admiration and interest. We were way young. Surfer kid era of our lives. Ah those were the days!

    I am actually writing, tho, to tell you that the stones have energy, or can if they are good grade. So, people use them as energy field enhancers, kind of like tuners. The best place that we have found is PS Fortune Jade in the IBM building, 3rd Fl. The owner there seems to have the ability to feel the energy of stones, so buys for his store and customers accordingly. He is a Feng Shui practitioner. So people buy to Feng Shui their homes, offices, and cars, and tune their personal energy fields. It is pretty interesting as we can actually feel the energy of the stones. If you and Olivia are attracted to crystals, it probably is because you also can feel the energy and are attracted to it. I think it would be worth going to see Frank at PS Fortune Jade.

    I should tell you, though, that the crystal energy can be so attractive that strangers might be moved to grab at your crystal bracelets--almost as it it were a magnet. You have to be quick to move your hand out of reach and not let them touch your crystals, as they are personal.

  2. Gale:

    Sorry about the grammatical error at the end. Almost as if they were magnets.

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