Saturday, December 31, 2011

Gold Earrings and New Year's Eve

New Year’s Eve. Wow. Hasn’t this year gone by in a flash?

Yesterday we went jewellery shopping. 

You see, my ears are pierced twice. The top hole has a faux diamond stud, while the bottom has a gold hoop. I’d broken one of the hoop earrings, so hubby graciously said he’d buy me another pair. 

I wasn’t looking forward to the purchase as I can only wear expensive jewellery, everything else causes problems. One year
I tried to wear a cheap, silver pair and ended up in hospital with blood poisoning. 

The earrings had scratched the outside of my ear and started up a cold sore. On my ear. Yes, weird, I know.

By the time I got to the doctor, my entire ear was a pale green, similar to the inside of a lettuce, with pretty red streaks running down my neck. Now every time I look at a lettuce images of my ear flash through my mind.

So, after a brief hospital stay and enough antibiotics to sink the proverbial ship, hubby decided only gold earrings would do for my ears. And who am I to argue with that logic?

Back to the story.

Jewellery stores everywhere were having a 50% off sale. Yay! Unfortunately everyone else seemed to have the same idea. Stores were jammed with people wanting to pick up a bargain. 

Finally we walked past one store which was empty. That’s my idea of shopping. We went in explained the situation and I showed the girl my earring.

Shop Assistant: Wow. It broke in half.

Me: Not sure how it happened. One minute I was drying my hair and the next there it was laying on the floor in two pieces.

Shop Assistant: Just from drying your hair?

Me: Yes. Just from drying my hair with a towel.

Shop Assistant (staring at the earring in my hand) Really? Wow.

Me (by now feeling embarrassed at the apparent misuse of a towel): Um, yes. I think it’s because I never take them out.

Shop Assistant: Never?

Second Shop Assistant who has now wandered over: Really? Never?

By now you could almost hear the bubble-gum snapping.

Hubby (with an amused grin): Never.

Shop Assistant: Hmm. How long have you had them?

Hubby and I looked at each other.

Him: A fair while.

Me: Pierce is ten so, it would have to be at least twelve years.

Shop Assistant (with a little squeal) TWELVE YEARS? You mean to say you’ve worn these all the time for TWELVE YEARS?

By now I’m starting to regret going into the shop and mentioning the earrings at all. Not only can I now hear bubble gum snapping but I was pretty sure one or both were going to start twirling hair. Bless their little cotton socks.

Me; Yes. I’m still not sure why they broke.

Shop Assistant: Wow. Twelve years is a long time. Hoop earrings should only last a couple of years.

Second Shop Assistant (head bobbing up and down): Yeah, and that’s only if you look after them.

I was dumbfounded. Gold earrings aren’t cheap at the best of times, but to last a couple of years? To my way of thinking when you pay good money for something they should last a lifetime.

Hubby chose a lovely pair and after purchasing them we left.
This morning I soaked them in disinfectant, went into the bathroom and lifted my hair.

Would you believe it? The faux diamond stud in the same ear was missing.
Luckily I found it. I’m not sure either of us could handle another shopping trip.

Bless their little cotton socks. 


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