I've never considered myself a jewelry fan. From a young age, I was adorned with bits and pieces of gold, silver and diamond accessories that would be given to me and worn at special occasions.
I never resented wearing them, but had anyone of that age been given a choice, they would rather have Barbies or toys. Because let me tell you, that itty-bitty bracelet with your name across it, being worth it's worth, is completely useless for a modern day chick in her twenties. And don't get me started on the rings...
NEVERTHELESS, I've enjoyed a long period of accessory free teenage years, until the day I started working in a luxury (it's debatable) boutique in the middle of the West-Island. In this store were sold beautiful pieces of gold plated earrings and bracelets made out of Swarovski crystals (or so I was told). After fooling numerous customers into buying these reasonably priced items, I was shocked when I stumbled on the exact piece of earring that was sold in Aldo. For 10$.
I *confronted* asked my manager at the time about it, and was simply told that not everything was gold plated and with crystals. I felt a little foolish, however, that's when I started to be interested in costume jewelry. And so I went with 50$ shopping trips at Aldo Accessories, disregarding their customer satisfaction survey on their receipts that could've helped me save dozens of dollars (believe me, you should'nt ignore these surveys!).