Of course I love jewelry. That's pretty obvious since this is a jewelry site and I make jewelry. But have you noticed that jewelry is everywhere? You can buy jewelry at the drugstore, at craft stores, in grocery stores, hair supply stores. It's everywhere!! That's OK, but the quality of product that some of these places is selling is very cheap and poor. Too bad, because in some ways this cheapens the craft of jewelry making. You really have to know jewelry not to just buy the next glittery thing that catches your eye because even though it's inexpensive it may not be worth the money you pay for it. Most jewelry artists can't compete with retail. But my thoughts are that I don't want to make what you can buy from the Mall. So look for quality. Jewelry made with semi-precious gemstones, ceramic, and hand made beads are worth the cost. These pieces will probably wear well and most jewelry artists will fix, repair or place at little to no cost if something does go wrong with a piece they've created.