Don’t get suckered into buying jewelry (or anything of value) on vacation. Here are a few of my real-life examples:
1. Seeking a beautiful souvenir from Toronto, I bought a sterling silver ring with champagne-colored pearls. It looked so lovely on my finger, and the price was very good. After wearing it a few times, though, it left a green mark on my finger. I was in complete denial that I had purchased cheap jewelry, so I put it aside for a while, and then wore the ring again for 3 days straight. This time it left a ghoulish green stain on my finger that resisted vigorous handwashing for two days and slowly faded away.
<---Vacation sweaters…probably not a good idea, either.
2. My parents went on a well-deserved cruise to the Caribbean, and on one of the islands my mother found a silver-banded watch, “a real Gucci” according to the salesperson. She gifted it to me upon returning home. It was beautiful, and I was happy to wear it. After a few weeks, the coating of the metal band rubbed off and I experienced an itchy wrist that would not stop. Taking off the watch was not a relief. The affected area became like a rash, a pure misery.
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