I have a soft spot for jewelry (shocker!). In particular, I love fancy jewelry. Like, we're talking REALLY fancy jewelry. Something about the precious metals and meticulous craftsmanship just makes me swoon. Jewelry is such a special thing to me, like acquiring an heirloom. It's both timeless and an indication of cultural history.
Behold! Freaking rad pieces by Armenta, the line from Emily Armenta (a beautiful pixie-sized woman with a smile and energy as engaging as her jewelry). I can't even handle it. I need these to be on me always. The craftsmanship is simply breathtaking -- each piece is handmade in Armenta's US design studio, with tens of hours spent on every style. The craftsmen have been individually trained regardless of background or original skill-set. Each employee at Armenta is hired based on their spirit and passion, rather than their resume -- the Vice President of Product Development was originally the custodian at the owner's office space!
Bonus: when attempting to survive a post-apocalyptic society structured by a barter-based economic system, some genuine precious metals will get you far, my friends. It's an investment in your future, really.