People have been telling stories about why things matter to them for centuries. 

These objects may be created from cotton, wood, or clay, but our feelings about them turn them into valuable assets. We cost them well above their price in the marketplace.

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Why we value diamond rings and other Valentine's Day gifts

theconversation.com

Communicating feelings through objects

Many couples rely on rings to communicate their deepest feelings to each other and the world.

An engagement ring is worth more than its sticker price: it tells family, friends and strangers that you are planning a wedding, you are cherished, you are an adult.

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  • In the 18th-century, dozens of writers took to a new form of fiction that focused on ordinary things – coins, banknotes, shoes, carriages, dolls. 
  • These stories brought things to life, granting them their own voices. 
  • Today literary scholars call them “object-narratives” or “it-narratives”, so named after their inanimate protagonists. 

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