Published June 19, 2017 by rochellewisoff

Today Pegman takes us to the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

Feel free to stroll around the area using the Google street view and grab any picture you choose to include in your post.

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Thanks to K Rawson and J Hardy Carroll for heading up this challenge, one that I can’t seem to avoid. 😉 I’m not even caught up on my Friday Fictioneers reading, commenting and replying.

The Gold Souk in Dubai

Genre: Memoir

Word Count: 150


            “Cash for your old gold,” boasted a reputable local jeweler.

            He set up a table at the front of the grocery store where I worked as a cake designer. There he made his offer to employees and customers alike.  

            “Wish I had something to trade in, I could use the money,” said Maggie, my coworker. “You got anything?”

            My husband is something of a jewelry junkie and bought some stunning gold pieces while stationed in Dubai during the Gulf War. Nothing I care to part with. My favorite is a simple heart ring, the symbol of storms we’ve weathered in our marriage.

            “Nah, but I wonder what this is actually worth.”

            Maggie took it and left the bakery. When she returned she tossed it on the counter. “It’s fake.”

            Isn’t it sad that a “trained professional” didn’t recognize 24 carat gold?  

            Like my daddy used to say, “It’s always something.”   



It’s rarely left my right index finger since December 1999. 24 carat gold is soft and easily bent. BUT it’s never turned my finger green.


16 comments on “PRICELESS

  • Beautiful! What a beautiful and endearing story, Rochelle. I feel much the same about the little star of David necklace pendant I have. It was purchased in Isreal and brought back to me by a missionary. It has stood in place of a wedding ring for so many decades that it represents our surviving and remaining faithful through the storms that life sends into and around our married life. It is a symbol of endurance and strength that we cling to. It’s not fancy, very thin and delicate. Got bent once and had to be reshaped at the jewelers, but it is beautiful to us.

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  • The average American is only familiar with 14 carat gold, because that is what the majority of jewelry you see here is. 24 carat gold looks different to them. I spent some time and a few visits to Dubai during Desert Storm and Enduring Freedom, and bought this ring there. I recognize the difference. I remember when this happened, and had to laugh about it. Not fake.

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  • What a great memory and just goes to show… “experts” are not always so, are they?
    And, it could have been made out of plastic and still held the same value to you… no one can replace that nor give it value.

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  • In the U.S. I think gold wedding rings are mixed with a stronger metal to make them more durable. My gold wedding ring hasn’t bent or become nicked for over 40 years. I have an heirloom ring from India that’s a deeper yellow gold. I’ve never had it valued. I’m afraid to let it out of my possession and it’s in a safety deposit box in the bank. 🙂 — Suzanne

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    • Dear Suzanne,

      It’s true, in the US gold is mixed with alloys to make it stronger. 24 carat is pretty pure and much softer, not to mention brighter than its 14 carat cousin. I understand about your wedding ring. This one is as dear to me as my wedding ring…possibly more so because of what it represents. Across that store is as far from me as it’s been in 18 years. 😉



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