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Desperate men turn to diamonds
Washington Times ^ | 20 December 2005 | Stephanie Mansfield

Posted on 12/19/2005 8:52:52 PM PST by Aussie Dasher

Call them "Desperate Husbands" -- men who wait until the last minute to go Christmas shopping. Men who wear procrastination as a badge of honor.

Girlie men shop online or visit the mall in November, wrap their presents and stash them in the closet.

Real men put off shopping until Dec. 24.

Because men don't shop. They buy. They are goal-oriented. And what they end up buying is jewelry.

Diamond jewelry, to be exact. Square-shaped or pear-shaped, from Harry Winston to Wal-Mart, from Tiffany's to Target, the most dangerous place to be on Christmas Eve is between a desperate husband and a jewelry counter.

"We have men rolling up at 3:30 on Christmas Eve," said Katie Mulcahy, manager of the Old Town Alexandria jewelry store Mystique. "They know exactly what they want. We love that. They're easier to sell if they're desperate."Men, she explained, do not have a Plan B. Most likely, in the most dire cases, say five minutes before the store's closing, they will buy up rather than down. "A lot of times you can guilt them into spending more," she said. Because at that point, the only alternative is a Chia Pet from the 7-Eleven.

Mystique rakes in at least one-third of its annual sales in the four days before Christmas, Ms. Mulcahy said. "I'm sure it's the same all across the country," she said. "Men put off Christmas shopping until the last minute. It's like homework for them."

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KEYWORDS: blokes; christmas; christmaseve; diamonds; men; shopping
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I can relate to this in a big way...
1 posted on 12/19/2005 8:52:53 PM PST by Aussie Dasher
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To: Aussie Dasher

" Real men put off shopping until Dec. 24"

That's where the deals are.


2 posted on 12/19/2005 8:55:10 PM PST by HereInTheHeartland (Never bring a knife to a gun fight, or a Democrat to do serious work...)
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To: Aussie Dasher


If my hubby HAS to wait until the last minute to buy me a gift, diamonds would be work just fine!


3 posted on 12/19/2005 8:55:48 PM PST by ninergold3 (aka GiantsPrincess)
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To: Aussie Dasher

One of my daughters who is patiently waiting for "the big question" would love to know this. Although I would have to say a diamond with a WalMart tag probably wouldn't quite cut it, ya know?


4 posted on 12/19/2005 8:55:53 PM PST by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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To: Aussie Dasher

you wanna ping my husband ?


5 posted on 12/19/2005 8:56:57 PM PST by EDINVA
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To: Aussie Dasher

"Because at that point, the only alternative is a Chia Pet from the 7-Eleven."

LOL!

Hubby is not like this, he is actually finished before me this year. I just hope I can get done.

My job really makes me hate December every year. I think I need a new job.

Merry Christmas AD! Your posts are always enjoyed by me.


6 posted on 12/19/2005 8:57:03 PM PST by jocon307 (Still mourning the loss of CBS FM)
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To: jocon307

Merry Christmas to you jocon. Have one for me!


7 posted on 12/19/2005 8:58:41 PM PST by Aussie Dasher (The Great Ronald Reagan & John Paul II - Heaven's Dream Team!)
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To: Aussie Dasher

Well we can't put off shoping till December 24th this year. There too many good football games on that day. LOL!


8 posted on 12/19/2005 8:59:13 PM PST by buckeyesrule (Go Bucks! Beat the Irish....again!!!!)
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To: Aussie Dasher
"We have men rolling up at 3:30 on Christmas Eve,"

Ah, an early shopper.

9 posted on 12/19/2005 9:01:38 PM PST by RJL
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To: buckeyesrule

I wish! No football here until March!


10 posted on 12/19/2005 9:02:06 PM PST by Aussie Dasher (The Great Ronald Reagan & John Paul II - Heaven's Dream Team!)
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To: Aussie Dasher

If only women were goal oriented shoppers...

I go shopping and usually know exactly what I want to get before I get there. If they don't have it I'm usually lost. In fact, I get a dazed look on my face and wander around trying to wrap my mind around the fact that the store is out of stock of the one thing I drove all the way out to get.

Oh well.. At least most malls have a nice bar or two as a Plan B. ;-)


11 posted on 12/19/2005 9:03:17 PM PST by coconutt2000 (NO MORE PEACE FOR OIL!!! DOWN WITH TYRANTS, TERRORISTS, AND TIMIDCRATS!!!! (3-T's For World Peace))
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To: ninergold3

You must be a real gem! ;)


12 posted on 12/19/2005 9:04:13 PM PST by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: sageb1

As a girl who is also awaiting the big question, don't ask for diamonds. If you ask for a colored gemstone, such as a ruby or sapphire (which I'm sure is what I'm getting), You can get a bigger rock for less money, and have that much more money to spend on te honeymoon, or wedding, or setting up a house.


13 posted on 12/19/2005 9:04:28 PM PST by chae (R.I.P. Eddie Guerrero He lied, he cheated, he stole my heart)
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To: RJL

3:30 Christmas eve? Most specials haven't even started yet.
I don't believe in diamonds though. What a waste of money. DeBears isn't the only one that hopes for ignorant shoppers, but they'll never have any of my money.


14 posted on 12/19/2005 9:05:58 PM PST by phil1750 (Love like you've never been hurt;Dance like nobody's watching;PRAY like it's your last prayer)
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To: coconutt2000

Hey!!

I HATE shopping. I would buy everything online if I could.

Amazon made a killing on me this year....of course, I made a killing with sales and free shipping. :)


15 posted on 12/19/2005 9:06:54 PM PST by Politicalmom (Must I use a sarcasm tag?)
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To: phil1750

All I gotta say is, Thank God for Zircons and Walmart. Make sure you pull the tag.


16 posted on 12/19/2005 9:10:20 PM PST by Foundahardheadedwoman (I can't spell. As you have no doubt noticed.)
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To: Aussie Dasher
Real men are not spazzes; therefore, panicking at the last minute is not an option. Panicking is in the realm of pooftas.
17 posted on 12/19/2005 9:11:40 PM PST by Porterville (Keep your communism off my paycheck)
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To: Aussie Dasher
Girlie men shop online or visit the mall in November, wrap their presents and stash them in the closet.

I do not shop in malls, but I guess I'm a "girlie man" on account of my doing a lot of online purchases and special ordering a custom piece of jewelry for my wife the day before Thanksgiving.

I just refuse to buy any jewelry for my wife that any other guy could buy for his. My wife is too good for mass-produced trinkets.

18 posted on 12/19/2005 9:13:57 PM PST by Prime Choice (We are RepubliCANs, not RepubliCAN'Ts.)
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To: Porterville
Real men are not spazzes; therefore, panicking at the last minute is not an option. Panicking is in the realm of pooftas.

Right on. Bravo!

19 posted on 12/19/2005 9:14:37 PM PST by Prime Choice (We are RepubliCANs, not RepubliCAN'Ts.)
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To: Foundahardheadedwoman
All I gotta say is, Thank God for Zircons and Walmart.

A sparkle is a sparkle.

20 posted on 12/19/2005 9:15:10 PM PST by phil1750 (Love like you've never been hurt;Dance like nobody's watching;PRAY like it's your last prayer)
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To: Aussie Dasher

Diamonds are worthless and will be even more so in the future.

The companies Gemesis and Apollo Diamond, which are in the USA, have technology to produce 1-carat diamonds for less than $150 each.

Apollo Diamond could manufacture diamonds for $5 a carat.

Read all about the story here:
http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/11.09/diamond.html?pg=1&topic=&topic_set=


21 posted on 12/19/2005 9:15:56 PM PST by Chewbacca (Not all men are fools. The smart ones are still bachelors.)
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To: Aussie Dasher

I have waited for the last minute many times and have never turned into a diamond or any other mineral for that matter.

I am not quite sure what reaction the average woman would have to wake up o Christmas morning and find her husband is now a big ol' diamond.


22 posted on 12/19/2005 9:18:03 PM PST by freedumb2003 (American troops cannot be defeated. American Politicians can.)
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To: Aussie Dasher
My husband use to Christmas shop at the 7-11 Christmas morning! Now he is more of a "shopper" than anybody else in the family.
23 posted on 12/19/2005 9:19:56 PM PST by msnimje (Political Correctness -- An OFFENSIVE attempt not to offend.)
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To: freedumb2003
I am not quite sure what reaction the average woman would have to wake up o Christmas morning and find her husband is now a big ol' diamond.

That is because he turns into coal first and does not become a diamond for another hundred thousand years or so.
24 posted on 12/19/2005 9:21:25 PM PST by msnimje (Political Correctness -- An OFFENSIVE attempt not to offend.)
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To: freedumb2003

"I am not quite sure what reaction the average woman would have to wake up o Christmas morning and find her husband is now a big ol' diamond."

Don't know either, but you could try turning her grandmother into one.
http://www.lifegem.com/


25 posted on 12/19/2005 9:23:35 PM PST by Chewbacca (Not all men are fools. The smart ones are still bachelors.)
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To: chae

I like your attitude!


26 posted on 12/19/2005 9:25:15 PM PST by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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To: Aussie Dasher

Have you ever noticed that the smaller the wedding ring, the longer it stays on the finger? A word of advice for single men: If she is into fine jewelry, and thinks you should care, run like the wind. She'll bring you nothing but greif.


27 posted on 12/19/2005 9:27:37 PM PST by Minn
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To: msnimje
"Now he is more of a "shopper" than anybody else in the family."

Hmmmm..Mine too. He's become addicted to the catalogs that come pouring in all year. Next year, I'm going to start throwing the catalogs in the garbage before he gets to see them.

28 posted on 12/19/2005 9:29:05 PM PST by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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To: Aussie Dasher
The best gift idea at the last minute is to wander into Tiffany's on your way home from work and buy the cheapest necklace or bracelet you can find. Once a girl sees that eggshell blue bag it comes in, all reason and rationality leaves her head. You could put a necklace from Wal-mart in there and she wouldn't care, it is the bag that counts.

Yes, I know this from experience. :)

29 posted on 12/19/2005 9:29:13 PM PST by KellyAdmirer
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To: Aussie Dasher
Real men put off shopping until Dec. 24.

I used to live by Michigan ave in Chicago. A cab ride and fast movement through stores on Dec 24 could get gifts for 12 people done and gift wrapped beautifully in about 3 hours. That's power shopping!

30 posted on 12/19/2005 9:35:22 PM PST by glorgau
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To: Aussie Dasher

Pussies put crap off they don't like doing until the last minute, then do what the De Beers Cartel has paid the Washington Times to tell them to do.

Real men buy their wives a new Glock because they know black goes with everything, they've been selective in choosing their women, and they know the "ice" should be for beer.


31 posted on 12/19/2005 9:38:18 PM PST by Dead Dog
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To: Aussie Dasher

I love men.

They're hunters.


32 posted on 12/19/2005 9:39:52 PM PST by bannie (The government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend upon the support of Paul.)
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To: sageb1

Yeah, so does my boyfriend.


33 posted on 12/19/2005 9:42:28 PM PST by chae (R.I.P. Eddie Guerrero He lied, he cheated, he stole my heart)
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To: HereInTheHeartland

"That's where the deals are."

Only if you're prepared to walk away.

I bought a new car at 5:30 Christmas Eve once.

The salesman was sitting at his desk and gave every indication that he was glad to see another human being.

I left with a new car and only three hundred off the sticker on a two year old car. I missed getting him to throw in the radio so he got $90 on top. We were both pleased with the deal.

He got to go back to his sales manager and say he sold one of the last six units remaining on Chritmas Eve. Hell they probably gave the guy a bonus.


34 posted on 12/19/2005 9:47:33 PM PST by beaver fever
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To: freedumb2003

I think I remember an old country song whose title was 'I'm Just a Lump of Coal Now, But Someday I'll Be a Diamond'. Keep humming that song to my wife, she aint buying.


35 posted on 12/19/2005 9:51:06 PM PST by Foundahardheadedwoman (I can't spell. As you have no doubt noticed.)
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To: Aussie Dasher

I remember in the first years of our marriage, my husband and I agreed not to get each other Christmas presents. Imagine my shock and sorrow when we woke up Christmas morning and he had presents under the tree from me...but not a single gift from him to me. I was crushed. It was one of our most memorable fights.


36 posted on 12/19/2005 10:12:47 PM PST by processing please hold (Islam and Christianity do not mix ----9-11 taught us that)
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To: msnimje
My husband use to Christmas shop at the 7-11 Christmas morning!

I can just imagine the look on the kids' faces when they look under the tree.

"A Big Beef Burrito!........ And Ding Dongs! Just what I've always wanted!!!

:-p

37 posted on 12/19/2005 10:41:48 PM PST by uglybiker (Iraqis have purple on their fingers. Liberals have brown on their thumbs.)
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To: phil1750
I don't believe in diamonds though. What a waste of money.

But if you ust buy a diamond, buy from one of the poor African producers that are not part of the DeBeers cartel. DeBeers call these stones "conflict diamonds" or "blood diamonds" to guilt you out of buying from lower-cost producers.

38 posted on 12/19/2005 10:46:50 PM PST by BlazingArizona
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To: uglybiker
I can just imagine the look on the kids' faces when they look under the tree.

LOL! He did it when he was a teenager for his parents and sisters. He would buy things like BRUT and pencils!!
39 posted on 12/19/2005 10:54:02 PM PST by msnimje (Political Correctness -- An OFFENSIVE attempt not to offend.)
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To: ninergold3

I totally agree. Too bad it hasn't happen... yet.


40 posted on 12/19/2005 11:02:05 PM PST by notpoliticallycorewrecked (God Bless our military)
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To: Aussie Dasher
"A lot of times you can guilt them into spending more," she said.

Using 'guilt' as a verb! That there is a dangerous woman!

41 posted on 12/19/2005 11:02:11 PM PST by snarks_when_bored
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To: Aussie Dasher

Oh yeah it's true. When I was little, I wrapped gifts at a jewelry store for Christmas break spending money. December 24th was our biggest sales day... all purchased by men in a huge rush, they don't even look at what they're buying!

Last night I was at Nordstrom's. I got to witness several young men approach the Coach purse counter, ask the saleslady to pull out a bag for pricing, and their eyes POPPED out and they left quite dejected & empty-handed. *grin*


42 posted on 12/19/2005 11:08:24 PM PST by Seamoth
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To: Chewbacca
Thanks for posting that Wired article on synthetically produced diamonds. Very interesting in all respects: man-made gems; the ultimate semiconductor; and the noirish world of De Beers and the diamond trade.

(A favorite DVD of mine is a 1998 French film (English subtitles) called Place Vendôme. It stars an aging and alcoholic Catherine Deneuve character who is involved in the glamor jewelry trade and gets crosswise of De Beers over some pilfered gems. It is a very stylish film with a somewhat murky, though sophisticated, storyline. An interesting peak into the gem trade.)

43 posted on 12/19/2005 11:10:03 PM PST by LK44-40
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To: chae

Or, even better... ask for a moissanite. Most jewelers can't tell them from diamonds with the naked eye.


44 posted on 12/19/2005 11:11:19 PM PST by Seamoth
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To: LK44-40

It won't cause the industry to crash any more than $100/oz gold will cause Tiffany to crash. It's all status symbols; if diamonds ever truly became worthless, women would demand that men spend all their money on a different stone that cost the same or more.


45 posted on 12/19/2005 11:15:51 PM PST by Seamoth
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To: pbrown
I remember in the first years of our marriage, my husband and I agreed not to get each other Christmas presents. Imagine my shock and sorrow when we woke up Christmas morning and he had presents under the tree from me...but not a single gift from him to me. I was crushed. It was one of our most memorable fights.

What did he do wrong? The two of you agreed no presents. If you wanted presents you shouldn't have put him in a situation like that.

Men need clear, straightforward directions. Sit. Stay. Roll over. Buy me a present.

46 posted on 12/19/2005 11:17:15 PM PST by MediaMole
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To: Seamoth

If you want a really expensive colored stone, ask for an alexandrite. They are mega-expensive, more so than diamonds I believe, or very close, and so rare most stores don't have them.


47 posted on 12/19/2005 11:21:10 PM PST by chae (R.I.P. Eddie Guerrero He lied, he cheated, he stole my heart)
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To: Aussie Dasher
I'll be honest, I wish procrastination were listed as a disease. Then I could get professors off my back about waiting untill the last minute to do an assignment. "Hey leave me alone, I have a disease."


48 posted on 12/19/2005 11:24:16 PM PST by Mr. Blonde (You know, Happy Time Harry, just being around you kinda makes me want to die.)
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To: ninergold3
If my hubby HAS to wait until the last minute to buy me a gift, diamonds would be work just fine!

You must be related to my wife!

49 posted on 12/19/2005 11:26:50 PM PST by Cementjungle
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To: Aussie Dasher
Men put off Christmas shopping until the last minute.

People have been making fun of the way I put off Christmas shopping; at least I can tell them I'm a real man.

50 posted on 12/19/2005 11:27:38 PM PST by wideminded
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