I see it every day at my work. People come into the shop, and their eyes get grabbed by the showcase on the lower right that has all the costume jewelry in it. Dazzle, glitter, shine, and we're done. The magpie within takes over. What is it about the lure of shiny things? Whether they are inexpensive, and often rather vulgar rhinestone pieces, or whether they are crafted from precious metals, and dearly gotten crystalline stones, we can't seem to resist.
And the appearance of dew, hanging off the tips of leaves, bears such a strong resemblance to cabochon gem stones, that it really was inevitable that we would try to capture that evanescent light somehow. So its an attraction that goes back to before we had languages with which to communicate our needs, and certainly long before we had the skills and technology to take shiny rocks from the ground, and refashion them to our liking.