I have always told my husband that I would like a pair of diamond earrings of a certain size and I am positive he is more than willing to oblige when the time and situation is right. He would do it today if I would let him. He is a very generous man and I hope I haven't squashed that trait before he has ample opportunity to use it. However, I have found myself back-tracking on my previous hearts desire. After all, diamonds are just rocks! Very beautiful rocks.
I have a pair of wonderful fake diamond earrings that I have worn without shame for years. They are cubic zirconium, but as far as I am concerned they pass for the real thing - although at this point I know I am fooling no one.
I wish I could remember where I purchased them or even when. I have had them for at least 4 years. Each stud is easily 1 carat. The setting is traditional. The metal source is unknown but hasn't faded or tarnished at all. They suit me:-)
And then the sun shines - they might not cast prisms like the real thing but I can live with that. Especially when I consider that most people who see them are going to assume that what I wear is the real thing.
And that is one of the truths that we are going to have to accept. People are going to make assumptions about our finances that are entirely false.
Diamonds real thing good fakes
Cars paid for with cash financed - just like yours
Mortgage paid off 30 years
School private public/charter/private/homeschool
Clean House housekeeper blisters to prove it's me
Tasteful Decor interior designer hours of HGTV finally used
Vacations exotic domestic and rare
Shopping Saks, Nordstroms Target, Old Navy
Wallet fat and overflowing holds business cards and receipts
Dinner out steak and lobster every night made at home, take out
Groceries delivered line at warehouse store
Trim figure personal trainer/liposuction hours on the treadmill
Perky breasts boob job padded bra from VS
Haircolor expensive salon every 6 wks out of a box at home
Student Debt rich parents years to payoff
Retirement no worries, millions $0, plenty of worry
People will choose to believe the assumptions and completely ignore the facts. So, I might as well save whatever money would be spent in diamonds and payoff some of those student loans. The only people who will know for sure will be me and my husband.
(Disclaimer: Some of the assumptions may turn out to be truths, but you get the point).