O hell! what have we here?
A carrion Death, within whose empty eye
There is a written scroll! I'll read the writing.
All that glitters is not gold;
Often have you heard that told:
Many a man his life hath sold
But my outside to behold:
Gilded tombs do worms enfold.
Had you been as wise as bold,
Young in limbs, in judgment old,
Your answer had not been inscroll'd:
Fare you well; your suit is cold.
William Shakespeare - "The Merchant of Venice" http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/all-that-glitters-is-not-gold.html
Donna didn't get to wear these earrings. They were still on the original package. She missed something because these are beautiful earrings. "All that glitters" came to mind and I wanted to have a "what does this mean" from someone other than me (I'll add mine but you already know that!). The best answer that I liked was from Aggi74 answered it 8 years ago:
"It means that appearances can be deceptive - that is to say, things are not always the way they appear to be. In another manner of speaking, it means that the true value of an object / person is not its external appearance, but its actual substance or what it is made of. "
These are beautiful earrings but when you look at them, they aren't the prettiest. It's when you look closer you can see that there is more to them than you originally thought. How many times have you been turned off by an angry person only to realize later they only needed to vent. Once they got that out of their system, they were really nice people. I'm not saying that goes for everyone but it's usually beneficial to your if you give someone the benefit of doubt. Actually, it's pretty wonderful when you can find that piece of gold that they want to share through kind words.