I feel naked without earrings. But... I have an earring retention problem! I am constantly losing JUST ONE earring, meaning that the only earrings I end up holding on to are the ones I don't like. Help me replenish my earring supply and support local artists! What are your favorite Bay Area spots for cheap (<$20 a pair), cute, locally-made earrings & accompanying jewelry? Any good street fairs that reliably sell cute stuff? Funky, big, unique, dangly, subtle, you name it! (I know I could go the Etsy route, but jewelry I buy online never looks like I think it will - I prefer in-person shopping.)
posted by rogerrogerwhatsyourrvectorvicto
on Apr 10, 2014 -
Does anyone have any experience with aquamarine engagement rings? If you have experience with aquamarine engagement rings, how do they look? How do they hold up? What do you think? (I understand that aquamarine is beryl, the same material as beryl, which is supposed to be somewhat softer than the sapphire/ruby material, which in turn is very hard but not as hard as diamonds.) [more inside]
posted by J. Wilson
on Apr 4, 2014 -
Can the hive mind take a look at the picture of this necklace and see if the back of it is calligraphy of some sort? It looks like Arabic or Persian. If so, does anyone know what it says?
Here's the picture.
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies
on Mar 10, 2014 -
I've been struggling to find something to wear to an event next week that's nicer and more fun than business professional but definitely short of black tie (it's a non-red-carpet movie premiere). I've finally settled on this dress
in black, but it looks a little plain on its own. I need help accessorizing! Particularly with choosing a necklace, but also: what shoes to wear? And what sort of purse-thing to carry?? Difficulties: I can't wear pumps/heels (though shoes with a stable, platform- or wedge-like, moderate heel are okay), and I have about a day and a half to buy everything in person.
posted by rhiannonstone
on Mar 9, 2014 -
After going to a few brick and mortar shops in NYC, we have a bit of sticker shock over how much a simple men's wedding band can cost. We're looking for a 4mm 14k yellow gold half round band size 10. We're hoping to spend under $300. Does anyone know any brick and mortar stores in NYC where we could could find a ring for under this price? Reputable website recommendations are also welcome, but we would prefer to see the ring in person before buying it, if possible. [more inside]
posted by dysh
on Mar 3, 2014 -
I was watching the US version of Antiques Roadshow the other week and during one of the appraisals, I was way more interested in the necklace
worn by one of the experts. It seems like this type of design is specific style, but random Googling and looking through the gift shop websites for museums like the Met hasn't yielded an answer. I'd love to figure if this is a specific style and potentially keep an eye out for other versions of it. Here's a screenshot... [more inside]
posted by gov_moonbeam
on Mar 2, 2014 -
I'm intrigued by the magnetic implants some people get implanted into their fingers (most recently, I saw this thing on Reddit
). I think it would be amazing to add an extra sense, but my body rejects almost all piercings so I don't think the actual implants would go well. Would magnetic rings, consistently worn, achieve a similar effect? Even if it's not as strong, I'd be interested in trying it. If you have thoughts about how this would work, how to make it work, and where to get rings if this will work, please let me know.
posted by c'mon sea legs
on Feb 22, 2014 -
I'm considering a really cheap engagement ring - under $100, with non-precious stones, nickel-plated silver, and cubic zirconia. I'm the recipient. Is this a bad idea? [more inside]
posted by 3491again
on Feb 21, 2014 -
I really like the necklace that Lisa Kudrow's character wore on the season premiere of season 3 of Web Therapy (image inside). Where can I find something similar? [more inside]
posted by lea724
on Jan 30, 2014 -
I have a wax model (a small buckle). I'm interested in getting 500 or so brass or bronze castings made of it. Does anyone have any experience with a contract casting house? Who? How were they to deal with? What were prices like?
posted by Kid Charlemagne
on Jan 30, 2014 -
I want to propose but I'm getting hung up on not knowing my
girlfriend's ring size. How does this work? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jan 26, 2014 -
I am planning to propose to my girlfriend at some point, but I need help buying a ring. I’ve never done this before, obviously. I know she would like something with a diamond, something vintage (or vintage-style). Questions below: [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jan 22, 2014 -
I want to paint my Sculpy before baking it. That's because I want to paint designs on a rolled-out strip, let it dry, then roll it into beads, and then bake it. If I bake the beads first, it will be hell to paint the kind of itiny designs on the beads that I want to be there. (And I don't want to make the designs out of different colors of Sculpy - that's too difficult for me and not the look I'm going for.)
I haven't, in my research, found any way to do this. Help?!
(alternatively there is a product that is not exactly Sculpy that I can paint and then roll into beads and then either bake or get it to harden in some way other than baking?)
posted by DMelanogaster
on Dec 30, 2013 -
One of the cotter pins in the stainless steel band of my Citizen watch has come loose to the point that it slides out on its own rather easily, separating the links of the watch band. The watch is still under warranty, but I'd rather not deal with shipping it away and waiting for such a minor repair. Are local jewelry shops likely to have a replacement pin, or [more inside]
posted by tonycpsu
on Dec 20, 2013 -
I am looking for links to places online (or names of brick-and-mortar shops accessible to the Seattle or Portland area) where I can find a unique and unusual pendant for a man. The price should be in the $75-$150 range. I already have a white gold chain so I am looking for the pendant alone. [more inside]
posted by matildaben
on Nov 27, 2013 -
I've been googling and googling different ways to make rings, but I can't find precisely what I'm looking for. I have an image that I'd like to use to make a ring with a simple band. I want to know how to treat/preserve/protect the image so I can wear it frequently and also how to turn it into a ring. A plain wire-type band is fine with me. Adjustable size is ideal, but a fixed one would work too. Does anybody either know how to do this or know of a resource that would be helpful? I think this is enough information, but feel free to ask if you have other questions. Thank you!
posted by mermaidcafe
on Nov 17, 2013 -
I'm trying to develop my taste in engagement rings, but nothing feels right. Help me figure out what I want. [more inside]
posted by 3491again
on Nov 15, 2013 -
Part of the metal on this bracelet is cracked..I'm trying to save it before it cracks all the way through... [more inside]
posted by bellastarr
on Oct 31, 2013 -
I'm interested in finding online sources of precious-metal jewelry at a low cost. For example, a site that had solid gold/gold plated/solid silver chains to put other jewelry on. I know ebay has a good selection, but I have found that things have been mislabeled (ie something marked solid gold that is obviously not). I also know there are some things like that on Etsy, but there has to be a source of their supplies. I'm more interested in the low cost side than the artful jewelry side (I already have lots of sites like that to drool at!).
posted by fermezporte
on Sep 30, 2013 -
I received an engagement ring that used to be my grandmother's. Photo here
. I love this ring! I would keep it exactly like it is, but I'm a manual therapist and so I'm touching people all day - this ring is SO tall and scratchy. Right now I'm taking it off when I work, but I'd like to be able to wear it at work. How should I have it re-made? Please assume I know nothing about rings, weddings, or jewellery design. [more inside]
posted by andreapandrea
on Sep 15, 2013 -
Looking for suggestions for places which sell reasonably-priced antique jewelry (or contemporary jewelry with a classic sensibility) in NYC. Stores with helpful, novice-friendly staff a big plus. Thanks.
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell
on Sep 7, 2013 -
I have inherited hundreds (possibly thousands) of unsorted postage stamps. I'm not interested in selling them as I very much doubt they have any monetary value. What crafts can I make? I've made a few Scrabble tile pendants but would like to hear other ideas. Jewelry suggestions are especially welcome, but I'm open to pretty much anything.
posted by Wordwoman
on Sep 3, 2013 -
I found a ring on Etsy and contacted the seller several times over the past month. She has not gotten back to me, but I really like this particular ring. [more inside]
posted by waitangi
on Aug 27, 2013 -
I'd like a distinctive but minimalist (i.e. no filigree) men's wedding ring, preferably in black metal. I absolutely
need the fit and metal to be of the "I completely forgot I have a ring on" variety. Keywords to help me Google are just as welcome as specific rings, stores (web/NYC), guides, etc. [more inside]
posted by griphus
on Aug 20, 2013 -
My mom's current gentleman companion, "Fred", works out of his home as a metallurgist/jeweler. He has been making Southwestern style jewelry for decades, and from what I can tell he is very talented. He also makes gorgeous knives and tomahawks. He is older, not particularly tech-savvy, and he is having trouble making ends meet. Help me to help Fred become more successful. [more inside]
posted by forkisbetter
on Aug 15, 2013 -
I'm thinking of getting jewelry for my girlfriend's birthday. I have an idea of what I would like to give her but I would like to hear your suggestions too. [more inside]
posted by jdgreen
on Aug 2, 2013 -
I'm learning to accessorize! I'd like to find some little mathematics-related accessories, kind of like the women's equivalent to a (relatively subtle) mathematics tie or cufflinks, that are work (think secondary school educator) appropriate. Simple and relatively understated is preferred. I'm also interested in clothing that would be work-place appropriate (not t-shirts!). I had a lot of fun with my regex skirt from XKCD a few years ago. [more inside]
posted by wiskunde
on Jul 14, 2013 -
What should I watch out for when wearing a palladium ring and is it practical for me to wear my ring and not damage it when I keep it on during all my activities during a routine day? [more inside]
posted by Jaelma24
on Jun 16, 2013 -
What type and gauge wire should I use to create a Alex and Ani type bracelet?
posted by boby
on May 25, 2013 -
I'm looking for a necklace similar to these
But maybe nicer. Can anyone recommend a place in or near manhattan where I can find necklaces like this?
posted by jefftang
on May 10, 2013 -
I'm looking for recomendations of jewelry shops in NYC (Manhattan or Brooklyn) that sells jewelry between $100-$250.
posted by OsoMeaty
on May 9, 2013 -
I've just inherited a really gorgeous, old, very high-quality set of pearls from a family member. In addition to making sure they don't need to be restrung so that I don't accidentally break them, I'd actually like to see about breaking the set apart. Because they have strong sentimental value to many of the women in my family, if I could find a large enough quantity of identical pearls, I'd like to have my one set split into two or three sets to give to other family members, each containing some of the original pearls from my necklace. So my question is, who is the best jeweler in the DC metro area to find out whether such a project is feasible? Cost is not really a factor, at least not at this stage of the process. Thanks!
posted by decathecting
on May 4, 2013 -
Is anybody familiar with any (ideally bargain-priced) pageant and/or drag resources in NE FL, particularly the greater Jacksonville area? [more inside]
posted by spunweb
on May 2, 2013 -
I have a silver (silver colored, not sure what it's made of, but it tarnishes) necklace that had been stuffed in a round box in storage, for quite a few months. I'd like to fix it. [more inside]
posted by luciddream928
on Apr 30, 2013 -
I like to shop for jewelry. I like looking at pretty sparkly things (actually, I like looking at tacky sparkly things, too!), and I love to window-shop for jewelry. But my favorite local jewelry-maker retired and my favorites on the web have mostly shifted collections over the years into things I don't like as much anymore. I want to find new jewelry-makers that I like! Specifications and examples within. [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee
on Mar 28, 2013 -
I want to put interesting smallish things in a poison ring
that I was given. The chamber is about a centimeter wide (across my finger) and .75 cm in the other dimensions. What can I put in there? [more inside]
posted by punchtothehead
on Mar 26, 2013 -
I'm seeking a specific silver hook and eye clasp for a fisherman bracelet I lost. The hook piece has a swordfish embossed on it. I have looked high and low on the big jewelry, jewelry and beading supply sites and etsy but no luck.
Picture of clasp
Immense sentimental value! I've seen Ask MeFi work some crazy magic in the past, I'd be eternally grateful for your help!
posted by anonymous
on Feb 10, 2013 -