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  1. The thing to do is decide what you are willing to pay for something before you start negotiation.
  2. Should we up some more carrots?
  3. I just gave him a plain fourteen ring for a wedding band.
  4. She has very curly hair, her sister.
  5. Future plans are a popular piece with my family.
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692 Collecting Jewelry
Adrienne talks about her interest in jewelry and where she gets it from.

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as does

I tend to travel a lot as does most of my family, so that's where I got all this jewelry stuff.

You use the phrase 'as does' to talk about something similar. In this case, both Adrienne and her family travel a lot. Notice the following:

  1. I love football, as does my boyfriend.
  2. She teaches, as does the rest of her family.

the easiest thing to do

The easiest thing to do is to pick up a small piece of jewelry than something that won't last.

Here, 'the easiest thing to do' is a phrase used to give advice. It means that 'it's a good idea to.' Notice the following:

  1. I think the easiest thing to do is just decide where you would like to live, and then try to get a job there.
  2. The easiest thing to do is just put all of your ingredients in the cooker before you go to work in the morning.

a conversation piece

Whenever I wear jewelry that I bought somewhere, I find it's a good conversation piece.

A 'conversation piece' is a topic that you can talk about. In this case, Adrienne is saying that her jewelry is a good topic for conversation. Notice the following:

  1. The elections are a big conversation piece right now.
  2. My broken arm has been a good conversation piece for me.

pick up

When I was in Greece, I picked up a very interesting piece of glass jewelry.

'Picked up,' used like this, is similar to buy. Notice the following:

  1. I picked up a bunch of scarves when I was in Asia.
  2. Will you pick up some milk on your way home?

fourteen carat gold

It's interesting because there's a fourteen carat gold inserted in the center of the green disc.

The percentage of gold in a metal is measured in carats (spelled karat in the U.S.). It tells you the quality of the gold you are getting, so a higher carat number would be more expensive. Notice the following:

  1. An eighteen carat gold necklace will last longer than a fourteen carat gold one.
  2. This necklace is fourteen carat gold.