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Brighten up your winter

Thursday, 14 January 2016  |  Admin

April, according to T S Elliot, is the cruellest month. But January is by far the most depressing. No matter how cold it gets in November and December, we always have Christmas and the new year to look forward to. But come the new year, and all that is gone and all we have left is the long, mournful wait for the break of spring!

And that is when the winter blues really set in. We can't even think about retail therapy because we are still paying off the credit cards from the Christmas extravaganza. Or can we?

Maybe we can permit ourselves a little bit of a dip into our pockets. 

Yes, just maybe we can treat ourselves to something small yet shiny and bright to  lend sparkle to our lives and brighten up the short days as we wait for those tedious winter days to get longer and the sun to shine brighter. After all, we can't hibernate like bears or migrate like birds. So why can't we spend just a little on an item that glitters even in the meagre light of a cold dark winter?

And one thing that makes this late winter indulgence a little more attainable is that wonderful invention the January Sale. The good news is that Magnetic Products Store has such a sale and it is now in progress.

They have some wonderful bargains and discounts - some up to a staggering 80%. And these bracelets are beautiful to look out. They are bright, they are shiny - and all this aside from potential therapeutic effects, etc. 

The Bard of Avon said "All that glisters is not gold." This has traditionally been interpreted as a warning not to over-estimate the value of something just because it shines brightly. But there is another way in which it could be interpreted. It could alternatively mean that something does not have to be expensive and made of "precious metal" in order to shine brightly and bring joy to those who set eyes on it.

And that I think is the real message that we should take from Shakespeare's words. Not "Things that glister might not be gold," but rather: "It doesn't have to be gold in order to glister!"

The word "jewellery" comes from the French word "Joie" meaning Joy. For jewellery was always something the purpose and raison d'etre to which was the bringing of joy - both to the wearer and to others who looked upon it. But even if happiness is not completely free, neither does it have to be an extravagance. And this is the message of that finest and most prescient of England's writers.

So if you want to bring yourself some joy this cold, dark January... treat yourself to  a magnetic bracelet.