I don't like diamonds. They're boring to me.
My favourite stone is amethyst because I love purple. I'd be perfectly happy with an amethyst engagement ring, should that ever happen.
Totally agree! My only diamonds I actually wear are my birthmother's eternity ring, and set in with other stones. All the rest of my (oops, too many) rings are coloured stones - ruby, amethyst, citrine, tourmaline etc. The bigger and more colourful the better.
Back onto the topic (sort of). When I was in Vegas I trooped into a Chanel shop. Souvenir t-shirt, scruffy jeans and joggers. I was treated like I was wearing the crown jewels and Vivian Westwood. Nothing was too much trouble, the assistant was incredibly polite and friendly. And yeah, I spent money. If anyone is interested, Coromandel is a glorious perfume!
I've had snooty salespeople before - I was too young, too old, too fat, too female, or whatever, to the shop's target demographic. In all cases I've left and gone somewhere my money has been welcomed. Their loss, I figure. If I'm shopping for a want, they're in business for a need. I can fulfill my wants elsewhere.