I guarantee it.
If you want to start a conversation with anyone, strangers, acquaintances, co-workers, anybody…
Talk about their jewelry.
Jewelry is an instant conversation maker, and you’ll get people to open up and tell you stories.
I know. I’ve been doing it for over 30 years.
The reason this works so well is simple; jewelry is a meaningful purchase. It’s tied to holidays, special events, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries… Whether it be for fun, family, friends, vacation or romance… It always means something.
If you want to get people talking, comment upon their rings, pendants, or earrings. “Is that a tree of life? It’s cool, where’d you get it?”
“I like your 4Ocean bracelet, what does that one stand for?”
See how simple that is?
“Your rose gold ring is stunning, I love Morganite!“
“Does your coin pendant have a meaning?”
People love their jewelry, every piece has a bond, a connection…
Most will say something like; “I’m glad you noticed, my late husband bought me this on a pirate ship in the bahamas.”
See where the conversation could lead from there?
It leads to unexpected places, it opens doors…
“We got this ring at an art show last week. They had tons of beautiful pieces made from different layers of peeling paint…”
That allows even more questions…
“Really?” (I’m fascinated with jewelry) “Do they seal it with resin?“
“Yes…” And before I know it, they’re thumbing through their photos and showing me pictures of other rings and pendants… It’s amazing.
Jewelry is emotional!
“These earrings are from my Grandson 2 years ago, and even though they’re costume, I just adore them.”
I always make sure to comment on people’s jewelry. I notice them (this goes hand in hand with my job. It also helps get me over the “I’m just looking” obstacle). It makes people happy, warm, reflect… (I am discreet though, I don’t want people thinking I’m eyeing their big 3 carat diamond ring… That puts people in panic mode.)
“Did you custom design your band, it’s so beautiful.”
There is always something to be noted about jewelry. Something that can be brought up… Even if the item is ugly (it’s obviously not ugly to them). “Your pendant can be worn with any outfit, there are so many colors in it.”
Jewelry is a journey.
Every item, every piece, has purpose and meaning.
“I bought this ring for myself last Christmas. My husband never buys me the right thing! Now he just hands me his credit card…“
“This Cameo used to be my grandmother’s, she passed away last fall. I never take it off, it makes me feel close to her.”
“I got this initial pendant from my father for graduation…”
“These stones used to be my mothers, we combined them all into one ring.”
“This ring was bought at a market in Maui, it’s called ‘The Hawaiian Diamond“. It’s Peridot; it comes from the green sand beach.”
“These coordinates are the location from where we got married; the smallest church in Vegas.”
You see… They all have stories, deep rooted meanings, heartwarming tales.
Talk about them.
It gets people chatty.
It doesn’t matter if the jewelry is real, fake, costume, $1,000,000.00. It’s substance, a purpose, a point.
So the next time you’re at a party, a dinner, an outing, a dance, charity event… Break down barriers, comment on people’s jewelry.
Walls come down.
Hearts open up.
It’s a sure-fire way to get the ball rolling. People love talking about their friends, family, vacation, and bling…
It’s pretty amazing, isn’t it?
So tell me, what is your favorite piece of jewelry, and why?
Let me know in the comments below.
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