I like shiny things. Glitter, sequins, metallics and bling, reflective surfaces and things that sparkle when the sun catches them. Walking past a jewellery store window brings out the best of my attention deficit disorder - I might be mid sentence discussing politics and then oooh, shiny! - and I'm gone.
Being actually invited into the jewellery store is almost beyond comprehension. I might want things, and in the way you never leave cake in front of a dieting person, I should never be left alone near the shiny things. Until last week when I was invited to visit Keshett
, on Little Collins Street, in the heart of Melbourne's CBD.
Keshett has been a jewellery mecca for over 30 years, owned and operated by Eugene and Paula Keshett, and catering to the many and varied needs of those in need of shiny things. With individual pieces, both antique, vintage and modern, their collection is sure to wow any shopper searching for something sparkly.
I visited on a bustling Thursday afternoon, where a young couple who had been searching for an engagement ring for over seven weeks found 'the one' after just five minutes at Keshett. They departed, and the gentleman that followed (and certainly knew his diamonds!) purchased the perfect ring for his beloved after examining the ring in detail on the hand of another shopper - or 'ring model' if you will.
A tour of the store with Paula showcases the amazing pieces she has uncovered all over the world. With a schedule that takes in Miami, New York, France, Germany, England, Vegas and Hong Kong, Paula looks for pieces that are interesting but different, always searching for the next story.
And stories, the Keshett team have in droves. If not for the fact that my car parking was about to expire, I could have listened to proposal stories all afternoon. There was the one where the guy sold his car to fund the perfect ring, the proposals that have taken place in the store, a case of a ring lost between purchase and proposal, and the celebrity stories I have been sworn to secrecy about. We laughed and cried over champagne and macaroons. Keshett isn't just about jewellery for Paula, it's about having some fun and finding the perfect piece of sparkle to suit a personality.
I tried on diamonds (oh, the DIAMONDS!), emeralds, sapphires and rubies. Stunning gems any girl would be proud to display. Whether you are looking for an engagement ring, wedding band, something stunning for a special occasion, or just something shiny cause you can, Keshett is where you will find it!
Stay tuned to see the AH-MAZING piece I've borrowed to wear at my 30th birthday party and start thinking about what you'll get your Valentine this February 14th. I've got a $250 gift certificate to give away to one lucky Valentine - simply comment below about your V Day plans! And if you're single, how will you spoil yourself? Who says you need a man to buy you diamonds... (Competition open to Australian residents only, random draw, entries close February 10 at 5pm).