Where do you stand on cheap jewellery?
I like a bit of glitz. I am attracted by sparkle. And I do like a bargain.
But I know the cheapness comes at a price.
If things are cheap, people will buy lots and dispose of them, with the subsequent environmental damage through production, transportation and disposal.
If things are cheap, you can bet your bottom dollar, the workers are paid shit.
Still, as in many things I am inconsistent.
I bought a cheap ring online. When it turned up it was too big. So it lived in my drawer. (Another cost: we clutter our homes with shit, making us feel overwhelmed and in many ways adding to the demand for more space, more storage, bigger houses.)
I did think of turning it into a brooch but never got round to it. (Another cost: adding tasks to do to an already overfilled schedule, leading to guilt.)
The second time I wore the ring, part of it broke. I wore it the next day, and another bit broke, so I thought I pull off all the bits sticking out and have a ring with a big stone in the middle.
On the up side, that’s another thing that is decluttered.