Day 4: Denise

I guess when you spend your whole life around something, I don’t know, you get used to it—or tired of it.
— Denise

Today I went out to visit my friend who works at a jewelry store. I had never been there to visit so it was a treat. I walked in and was quickly greeted by a procession of shiny people and sparkling rings. Denise was kind enough to show me around. 

She knew everything. I saw interloking rings cut like gears, I saw gold and silver rings, and hand-hammered rings. I saw a ring made in Switzerland by hand winding a single thread of carbon-fiber hundreds and hundreds of times around the band. It was beautiful. I asked Denise, "How long have you been doing this?"

"Since I was thirteen. My dad was a jewler so I grew up around all of this stuff." Then I asked, "What's your favorite piece of jewelery?" She looked around, shrugged her shoulders and said, "I, I'm not that into jewelery. I guess when you spend your whole life around something, I don't know, you get used to it--or tired of it."