Pretty Petty

I saw and liked these retro sixties cocktail rings at the thrift but was not going to buy because I have too many rings. Then I thought, maybe I’ll just get one and went back to the jewelry counter. There were two pickers berating the sales clerk basically calling them garbage and demanding that she reprice them for $25. One of them saw the first one looking at them and muscled in front of me in line. I waited until they backed off and then bought both just to spite them.

Turns out that the one with the citrine stone is marked Unoaerre — an Italian jewelry maker. The pink stone with a starburst setting is also stamped but my tired old eyes can’t make out the mark. Both are 18k. I’m not sure if the stones are real or synthetic. Maybe it’s time to take a gemologist course.