I'm not sure why, but I love jewelry. Maybe the penchant for shiny things is an artifact of a previous life as a cat. Maybe I appreciate the jeweler's creativity of designing beautiful pieces and the painstaking craftsmanship that goes into making the creative vision a reality.
I should say that I really don't like wearing jewelry. I seem to always feel it and I don't enjoy the feeling. After being married for 13 years, I am still not even comfortable wearing my wedding band. I will almost always wear it while out of the house (otherwise women would be pestering me), but seldom wear it in the house.
I do love buying jewelry for my wife and daughter, though. I used to buy Kate a pair of earrings every year for Christmas until she made me stop. Then for her first Mother's Day, I bought her a Swarovsky crystal pin (or brooch to be a little more old fashioned) and I have now assembled for her a pretty decent collection of those. She has also gotten several bracelets and rings over the year.
Part of the challenge I enjoy in buying Kate jewelry lies in finding nice pieces that aren't overly pricey, for I am not a financially wealthy guy. Tradeoffs have to be made: stones that are less than perfect, or perfect stones that are smaller, lower carat gold, well designed pieces made of less expensive material (i.e. sterling silver and semi-precious stones). I think, overall, I have made some really good choices. I've never heard Kate complain (except for getting too many earrings).
Now I have a daughter that I can look forward to showering with jewels. Because she's only eight, most of her jewelry is juvenile, so significantly less fun to buy. This past Christmas, though, I bought her what I would consider her first "real" piece. Lena has long been fascinated by opals, so I bought her a pair of opal earings set in silver. She loves them. As she gets older, I'll continue to seed her collection. I hope she'll look on the jewelry I get for her to be something special, something to remind her of me when I am long gone from this earth.