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Of Fine things & Jewelries

Even when I was a little girl, I already had a strong fascination with big, sparkly fine jewelry. Not the cheap, fancy ones mind you, but the ones bearing the 4C’s. My mom had a vast collection on nice ones in different colors, rhinestones, shapes & sizes. She never wore them though. Being a busy OB-Gyne, she couldn’t as she had to deliver babies & such. Takot pa sya sa hold-up. But once in a while we’d go over her treasure trove & I’d play with her jewelries. That was my happy place, the vault in her bank. :P


Once in a while, she’d give me a bling or two & I’d be so happy already with a simple gold chain or a narrow ring. I’d collect them and plan out my JOTD (jewelry of the day) to go with my boring high school uniform. By college, I had a small but decent collection. Not ostentatious, but just right to keep me happy. All my nice pieces are actually from my mom. I don’t buy, but only because I can’t afford. I would in a heartbeat if I could. The price has jacked up since, she was right -as always.


My sentiments exactly.

One of the things my mom taught me is that the price of jewelry appreciates over time. And, if you have to leave in a hurry or are running across the state like La Imelda, you can bring your jewelries with you & it can set you up for life in a new country. Unlike lots & homes or other properties/assets which can be frozen & takes long to sell, great pieces of jewelry concealed & carried with you can always find its way through a black market & sold at a good price.

So that has always been my benchmark. Instead of bags, instead of shoes, instead of cars which by the way all depreciate its value over time & use, ang alahas, konting linis lang, mukhang bago na uli. Value of Gold & Diamond is on the rise, walang talo.

Some investment pieces that’s worth every penny pinching & belt tightening in order to save up. Diamonds and (Pearls) after all, are a girl’s best friend! ;)

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It’s best to invest in classic pieces. Yung hindi maborloloy. Studs & solitaires are always nice. And remember that bigger is always better hehe. Get a solitaire piece instead of a ring or earring with small clusters of diamonds if possible. And the simpler the design, the better because the piece will be classic, never fadish or outdated.


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Along with diamonds, it is also always wise to invest in good pearls. I like my South Sea Pearls clean & simple. Studs & long strands. I can wear them with casual clothes, and on evenings out too. From day to night, it’s appropriate.


If you’re like me though & you want fun & colorful, one of a kind jewelry, then go for the semi-precious stones. May not be as good an investment, but hey, you deserve to be happy! ;)


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I have a fascination with big & chunky colorful estate pieces. It’s not for everybody though, so if you’re looking for investment & an easy sell, stick with the simpler & classic ones.

The other day, Kap & I were window-shopping in Greenbelt, konting lakad after a heavy Sunday brunch. I eyed something soooo very pretty in Gucci. Lumuwa na naman ang mata ko at nangati na naman ang mga palad ko. Lagot ka Kap. Kasalanan mo yan!



Such a lovely bracelet! <3 It goes so well with my aquamarine antique cocktail ring, don’t you think? ;) 89k. FTW!

Naku Kap. Sinasabi ko sayo. Panindigan mo yang pag-karay so sakin sa tindahan!

PS: Guys! The jewelries & the photos displayed above are NOT mine ha! They were taken off the net & collaged. How I wish sa akin, pero hindi po. :)

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  • Reply Mark Winston Letran

    tita bigtime :O :O :O

    August 18, 2015 at 9:34 am
    • Reply sugargospice

      Wala ngang makurakot eh haha. Small time! :P Padalhan mo ako please?

      August 18, 2015 at 11:22 am
      • Reply Mark Winston Letran

        income ko na yan annually tita :( :( :(

        August 18, 2015 at 2:28 pm
        • Reply sugargospice

          i don’t believe you hahaha! Grabe ka nga mag-spoil eh. Good boy! :)

          August 18, 2015 at 2:42 pm
  • Reply Cherryll

    This is so true! I was not really into jewelries before only because I can’t afford it. Haha, Now I appreciate its value and possible use in the future. :) We actually learned that our wedding rings have increased its market price already. In short, pede na isangla. Hahaha. Joke!

    August 18, 2015 at 11:00 am
    • Reply sugargospice

      hahaha oh yes, dapat talaga ang ang unang consideration before buying.. MAISASANGLA KO BA ITOOOO??? ;))

      August 18, 2015 at 11:24 am
  • Reply michconstantino

    lovely bracelet for a lovely lady =)

    August 18, 2015 at 11:26 am
    • Reply sugargospice

      Hindi nga binili eh haha! :P

      August 18, 2015 at 11:31 am
  • Reply Photo cache

    Jewelry (window) shopping is so much fun. I’m a colored gemstone person and not much on diamond, can’t afford kasi. I love going to Chinatown because of all the jewelry stores there.

    August 18, 2015 at 12:54 pm
    • Reply sugargospice

      Me too Maria! Even if I can’t buy, I like to look haha. Libre namang mangarap diba? ;)) And anyway having so much won’t give us peace at night. Takot manakawan. :P

      August 18, 2015 at 12:56 pm
  • Reply med

    I’m starting my own collection, every birthday may 10-in-1 (10 occasions in 1 gift) sa akin si hubby. I told him mas makakamura at makakatipid siya kapag one gift each year compared to every occasion may gift na hindi naman puwedeng isanla. LOL

    I hope you can show us your mom’s collection! Please! Please! Please!!!!!!! I bet mala-Madame Imelda!!!!OHHHHHH I can’t wait!!! Please??????????????????

    August 18, 2015 at 1:10 pm
    • Reply sugargospice

      Hay naku meding. Kung ano man ang nahingi ko kay mother na by hook or by crook hehe, wala na. napag-partehan na ng mag girls ko. Pero ok lang, kasi we accumulate din naman for them diba. Sa kanila din naman yan pupunta, Kaya sana mabait ang iuwi ni Fraquito sayo. Mamanahin nya ang mga shining shimmering splendid mo hahaha! :-*

      August 18, 2015 at 1:13 pm
    • Reply sugargospice

      PS: Gusto ko yang 10-in-1 principle mo ha. Ma-try nga kay Kap my Kap if may mahihita akong something valuable hahaha! :P

      August 18, 2015 at 1:14 pm
  • Reply med

    BTW puwede bang isanla ang GUCCI bracelet na iyan?!? LOL LOL LOL

    August 18, 2015 at 1:12 pm
    • Reply sugargospice

      HINDE. Silver lang nga kaya hindi ako naghandalusay sa tindahan hehe. Pag nagkataong sa alahera talaga ako idinaan ni Kap hindi sya makakalabas nang wala akong bitbit! :P

      August 18, 2015 at 1:18 pm
  • Reply bes

    Hi Jane!
    I love jewelry. I collect gold and stones but I seldom wear them., pag sinumpong lang and because of my work na rin.
    Here’s my story: Decades ago, when I was still working in a Royal Airforce Base hospital in Saudi Arabia , naka on call ako when we received a call at 2 am, emergency daw. My Surgeon and I were rushed to a palace owned by a Prince ( Defense Minister, brother of the King ) My Surgeon fixed his Maryland bridge ( dental ) kasi may naipit na “tinga” ( IKR!) and very uncomfortable daw sya. We removed it ( sinungkit lang, hehe!) He was so nice to us. The following day, meron pumunta sa hospital na Guards from the Palace looking for me. Guess what? I was given a beautiful 24 Karat gold necklace with pendant na mabigat at malaki na parang agimat! ( haha!) My Surgeon was given a Rolex watch with diamonds. FTW!

    2nd Story: In our hometown, ( year 2000 yata) I was asked by a close friend who works in the Bank kung gusto ko raw bumili ng bracelet na gold, I told her, let me see muna. The seller went to the Bank, showed me what she was selling – 18 karat gold from Japan, we call it the ” 8 cut ” design with a distinct mark of a “750 inside a triangle and a small box ” sa may lock. each has a weight of 20 – 30 grams. She told me, she used to work in Japan as an entertainer, naubos na raw ipon nya. Pinasama ko sa akin, in my cousin’s pawnshop to test the gold etc. Genuine naman. She sold it for Php 350. per gram. I bought all her 8 cut, Naubos pera ko. I still have them, I wear them minsan.
    Last time I checked , 18 karat gold is Php 1,350. / gram. Tumubo na pera ko di ba? :-)

    Ang haba ng kwento ko. Sorry. Thanks Jane!

    August 18, 2015 at 3:21 pm
    • Reply sugargospice

      Wow thank you so much for sharing your story. I’m happy when you guys really interact with me & I get to know about you as well. And hanep naman mag-regalo! Pero galante talaga sila diba. You are right, never magkamali sa pagbili ng gintonkasi every year tumataas ang value, as long as mataas ang karat ng gold that they buy. Maganda ang 14 kasi not so yellowish but no value. You have a great investment right there woohoo!! \m/

      August 18, 2015 at 4:20 pm
      • Reply bes

        You are so correct, good investment ang gold. pwede isangla at ibenta. :-) In case of emergency & I would need big amount of money, I would rather sell or pawn them kesa mangutang ako.
        Usually, 14 karat ang gamit sa enggaste ng precious stones kasi it can hold them better.
        Yes, maraming mabait na Saudis at galante sila. 😊 They usually give gold or money as gifts.
        Btw, I really like your Chanel necklaces, ang ganda! 👍
        Thanks again.

        August 18, 2015 at 4:45 pm
        • Reply sugargospice

          Thank you for appreciating! <3 And again thank you for sharing your wisdom mwah mwah! :-*

          August 18, 2015 at 5:26 pm
  • Reply edelweiza

    Pangarap ko din ang magkaroon ng maraming maisasangla. Haha. Paisa-isa, nagkakaroon naman. Good investment kasi kaya mas okay bumili ng jewelry. And I agree with you, mas simple or mas classic-looking, mas madali ibenta. :)

    August 18, 2015 at 3:49 pm
    • Reply sugargospice

      Diba? Ok din ang bag naisasangla na ron now hehe pero palugi. Mas pa din sa jewelry. Pasasaan ba edel at makakaipon din tayo ng kasing dami ng kay imeldific hahahahaah! #libreangmangarap

      August 18, 2015 at 4:21 pm
  • Reply Noel Q.

    Di ako masyado maka-relate, so sasabihin ko na lang na:BONGGA KA TALAGA JANE! I really can’t envision you without jewels… talagang bagay sa iyo ang maraming alahas. =)

    August 18, 2015 at 4:51 pm
    • Reply sugargospice

      Donya buding lang ba ang peg niel hehe.

      August 18, 2015 at 5:25 pm
  • Reply Thel from Florida

    Bless your heart girl. This is my most favorite topic. I love, love, love, bling-blings! It all started when I was 17 years, I worked for my wealthy Aunt back there in Pinas and one of my chore was cleaning her golds and diamonds. I promised myself I would own a lot someday. My very first fine jewelry was a $4K engagement ring from my super wonderful kano honey (1976). Then I got one piece every Christmas and birthdays ($1K and up only). When I was working for the U S Air Force, I was stationed in Saudi I bought about a dozen 18K earings and bracelets which I gave away to my nieces. I bought one 22K bangle bracelet also in Saudi but I am very sad to say I lost it last August 3. Suerte yong nakatagpo dahil more than a thousand dollars iyon. Naiyak talaga ako. Once a month, I cleaned all my jewelries and I talked to them and thanked them they are mine. I went to New York 3 times and everytime, I spent my time on what they call jewelry miles- – thousands of jewelry shops – – kaloka talaga. On TV, there are 3 channels selling jewelries of all kinds and prices – – I love watching those. I am very, very grateful my dreams of having finer things in life got fulfilled. Have a great day!

    August 18, 2015 at 8:12 pm
    • Reply sugargospice

      Hi Thel! :) I am so happy to get such warm response. Thank yoi for also sharing your experience. We gals really need to save & invest for a rainy day & jewelries are our best & fastest solution to financial woes. Instead of clothes & shoes it’s much better to slurge on things that will give you a safe ROI. With love to you from the Phils mwah! :-*

      August 18, 2015 at 9:07 pm
  • Reply candy

    Mommy Jane, you are so bongga and donya as ever! Mahihiya na talaga ako lumapit sa yo nyan. Hehehe.

    Super love this post! Like you, I also love bling-blings! Recently, naa-addict ako sa pandora which makes me rethink now kasi di naman pwede isanla yun. Hehehe

    August 19, 2015 at 10:08 am
    • Reply sugargospice

      I am donya buding only Candy haha not donya levelz! :)) Hay ako rin fascination ko ang pandora kaso tama ka pang-porma only kenat sangla! :P

      August 19, 2015 at 10:20 am
      • Reply Lucy

        Naisip ko din yun when i started my pandora collection … so i started collecting gold charms to raise the value of the bracelet.. Kaloka lang syempre i cant add as much charms right away.. but ok lang its all worth it naman hehe :-) love this post ms jane. Good luck and more power

        August 20, 2015 at 5:09 am
        • Reply sugargospice

          Thank you Lucy! :) Go lang if that makes you happy. Ako din super aliw sa mga pandora charms.

          August 20, 2015 at 8:26 am

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