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Stylish, Cheap, Earrings in the Bay Area. Go!

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 - 8 answers

How do I accessorize this dress?

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 - 15 answers

What is the Style of this Necklace?

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 - 9 answers

The ring-on-it pun goes here

Searching for interesting, slim, yellow gold rings. [more inside]
posted by jetlagaddict on Feb 9, 2014 - 11 answers

Where can I find this necklace?

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 - 3 answers

Watch band pin replacement

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 - 7 answers

Mathematics-related accessories and clothing for women

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 - 18 answers

Palladium and me! question on durability of everyday use.

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 - 5 answers

Bracelet wire types.

What type and gauge wire should I use to create a Alex and Ani type bracelet?
posted by boby on May 25, 2013 - 4 answers

Bling on a Budget! (...And World Peace)

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 - 1 answer

Wearable expressions

What is the math (physics?) going on in this very cool-looking, equations-as-art necklace?
posted by firstbest on Mar 28, 2013 - 10 answers

Other than poison or illegal drugs, what can I put in a poison ring?

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 - 47 answers

Help me accessorize this dress.

I would like to wear this Betsey Johnson dress to the symphony this Saturday and ruffle some fuddy-duddy feathers, but I'm not sure how to accessorize it. [more inside]
posted by Devika on Feb 13, 2013 - 17 answers

Where can I sell my watch online and/or in Sydney or Melbourne?

I have inherited a watch that was purchased a few years ago for about $2000. It has rarely been worn and I think it has all of the box/paperwork with it (from what I can see from similar watches online), including the purchase receipt. My question is where/how can I sell it? Either by listing it online, but there seems to be so many websites, or in person via a second hand dealer or similar? I've seen lots of watch websites, but are some better than others? Especially considering I don't have a profile or history on such sites. Thanks
posted by MT on Feb 9, 2013 - 1 answer

All that's silver was gold

Home for Christmas and my mom has a jewelry question. She tried cleaning the chain of her gold necklace using silver polish, and when she did, it turned silver. Why? And can it be reversed?
posted by EmGeeJay on Dec 22, 2012 - 5 answers

What should I wear with this dress?

How should I accessorize this flapper-style black dress that I'm wearing as a bridesmaid? Seeking ideas on shoes and jewelry (and possibly hosiery or leg coverage). [more inside]
posted by sundaydriver on Jun 15, 2012 - 21 answers

Who is being unreasonable here?

Gold engagement ring has broken a little over 2 years after we had it resized. Is the jeweler to blame, or do these things just happen? [more inside]
posted by sportbucket on Apr 12, 2012 - 5 answers

not a DIY enthusiast

DIY nuts and bolts question. [more inside]
posted by ellieBOA on Feb 5, 2012 - 15 answers

Where Can I find This

Where can I find THIS jewelry hanger? I've Binged, Googled and Yahoo'd enough for a century.
posted by ~Sushma~ on Jan 30, 2012 - 9 answers

What's this thing? (see picture)

What's the triangular piece of jewelry my great grandfather is wearing under his jacket and over his vest? [more inside]
posted by brownrd on Jan 15, 2012 - 10 answers

Do people still wear that?

I inherited a bunch of Native American jewelry (several hundred pieces in total) several years ago. I'm thinking about selling some of it, but I'm not sure of the value. Do I need to find a specialist to appraise it? Can you recommend one near St. Louis? [more inside]
posted by DaddyNewt on Dec 28, 2011 - 7 answers

Mani in fede?

What kind of Claddagh ring should I buy and where should I buy it? [more inside]
posted by vkxmai on Dec 1, 2011 - 9 answers

Can I change my mind?

Need some datapoints on body piercing. [more inside]
posted by stubborn on Oct 15, 2011 - 10 answers

Help Appaising a Lost Ring

My 75 year-old dad's house was robbed and several pieces of jewelry were taken including his dad's old ring. He's trying to claim insurance on it but they won't pay unless they can see a picture of something like it. My dad doesn't have a picture of the ring, or a computer to look up something similar. I don't live in the area. How can I help him remotely or guide him to someplace in the San Fernando Valley/Los Angeles area where he might be able to find a ring of similar value.
posted by ms_rasclark on Oct 2, 2011 - 7 answers

Where should I look for a simple nice man's wedding ring?

After ten years of constantly losing my wedding ring for hours to days, I think it's finally gone, so I need to get a new one. I want simple, unadorned hoop of some non-reactive metal (platinum?), but the real question is: where is the best place to get a no-nonsense ring at a good price? Local jeweler? Online? Anything but a mall Zales outlet?
posted by mathowie on Aug 25, 2011 - 45 answers

Where can I buy loose moissanite stones in the San Francisco Bay Area?

Where can I buy loose moissanite stones in the San Francisco Bay Area? [more inside]
posted by Blikktheterrible on Jul 4, 2011 - 3 answers

A Ring Fit for My Own Queen Mother

Where in Manhattan/NYC can I buy a cheap replica of the Princess Diana/Kate Middleton engagement ring? [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero on Apr 22, 2011 - 2 answers

Looking for long, colourful leather bracelets

I really like the coloured leather bracelets in this photo from STREETFSN. Where can I get similar bracelets? [more inside]
posted by neushoorn on Apr 18, 2011 - 10 answers

Silk cord bib necklace

Help me identify a type of jewelry (artist or style) which I first saw in Bilbao, Spain. [more inside]
posted by oflinkey on Apr 8, 2011 - 2 answers

watch quality of jewelry brands

how are jewelry brand watches (e.g. Cartier, Boucheron, Harry Winston) regarded among watch enthusiasts? Is it the same as 'designer' watches in that they're not taken seriously?
posted by the mad poster! on Apr 6, 2011 - 17 answers

Diamonds are a girl's best friend, but how old are they?

I have this bracelet with diamonds that was inherited to me. Can you tell me circa when was it made? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 5, 2011 - 10 answers

Pretty necklace!

Can you help me find jewelry like these two pieces? [more inside]
posted by Ideal Impulse on Dec 17, 2010 - 7 answers

I'm like a rhinestone cowgirl

Is it irredeemably tacky to wear fancy, vintage rhinestone and sparkly jewelry in the daytime? I have a lovely, large collection that I want to show off. BUT, I never do fancy "evening" occasions. [more inside]
posted by Rosie M. Banks on Dec 10, 2010 - 21 answers

What are these particular swans doing on this particular lake?

I just bought this pin on Etsy (side and back view). It was listed by a Latvian seller who says it's a vintage Soviet-era item. This pin must have been a mass-produced item, since I saw one exactly like it on Etsy last spring, though someone else beat me to the purchase that time. I'm intrigued by the image of swans seemingly menacing a woman and her child, and I wonder if it perhaps references a Slavic folktale. A friend has suggested that it might be a Swan Lake reference, though to my mind it doesn't suit the narrative. Your thoughts and best guesses?
posted by orange swan on Nov 29, 2010 - 5 answers

How to repair a titanium ring?

Fiance's ring came apart. What's the best way to put it back together? [more inside]
posted by specialagentwebb on Nov 17, 2010 - 13 answers

Curse you Lincoln!

Wedding ring follies: how can I get these pennies out? [more inside]
posted by gerryblog on Oct 25, 2010 - 42 answers

Looking for an obscure, tiny, indescribable object

Where oh where can I buy more of this clever "clasp" for rubber tubing jewelry? [more inside]
posted by pluckemin on Sep 15, 2010 - 3 answers

What kind of wedding band do you wear?

I am a man and I'm getting married! I need a lot of help picking out a wedding band. I know my size and am looking for a non-traditional ring. Specifically I am looking at tungsten and titanium rings or rings with some kind of pattern. [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus on Sep 9, 2010 - 33 answers

What Not To Wear, Jewelry Edition?

I think I'm good on the clothing part, but what I've never been able to do is figure out accessories. Help? [more inside]
posted by sillymama on Aug 20, 2010 - 17 answers

I'm a dude. I have an opal. Now what?

So I'm a manly man, sort of, and many years ago I was given a small opal (1cm top to bottom) - I don't think it has any real monetary value, but it's pretty, and I'm tired of it living in my drawer. Any ideas for what I can do with it? My first thought was tie pin, but that seems pedestrian. Suggestions that include sources for necessary supplies or services would be especially helpful.
posted by symbebekos on Jul 19, 2010 - 9 answers

Retail store workers dealing with fashion jewelry, untie!

I work for a manufacturer looking to sell fashion jewelry (necklaces, bracelets, earrings that sell for appx $5-$20 at retail like the kind you'd find at stores like Claires, H&M, Forever 21, etc) to retail stores. For purposes of this question, we're looking to sell to general retailers like the ones above, NOT to jewelry stores. We're trying to figure out packaging as it relates to polybags. Most stores, such as the ones above, display their fashion jewelry without polybags i.e. people can touch and feel the jewelry. [more inside]
posted by edjusted on Feb 3, 2010 - 8 answers

What is this symbol?

What is this symbol? http://tinyurl.com/ydaheoz [more inside]
posted by maykasahara on Jan 27, 2010 - 11 answers

How am I ever going to find a ring I like for our 10th anniversary?

You are not my jeweler. We were waiting a bit to get our 10 year anniversary presents and both rings I liked sold out. Please help me find something as good or better. [more inside]
posted by Issithe on Jan 20, 2010 - 8 answers

How do I clean my silver and pearl bird's nest necklace?

How do I clean my silver and pearl bird's nest necklace? [more inside]
posted by pluckemin on Dec 16, 2009 - 8 answers

How do I care for sterling silver jewelry?

How do I take care of sterling silver jewelry? [more inside]
posted by peanut_mcgillicuty on Nov 17, 2009 - 17 answers

Let's play dress up!

Help me (a female with basically no female friends to ask) accessorize this red cocktail dress! (hair & jewelry) [more inside]
posted by mostlybecky on Oct 12, 2009 - 29 answers

Need to convert gold to cash at the best rate.

How can someone sell gold and or jewelry for the best price? [more inside]
posted by Vorteks on Aug 15, 2009 - 7 answers

Jewelry finder - where can I get that bracelet?

Anyone know where I can get the silver bracelet Kirsten Dunst wears near the end of 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind' when she is listening to her tape...
posted by heather-b on Jun 23, 2009 - 9 answers

The where, the what and the how of getting hitched in Vegas, when you have friends coming from overseas.

(Several questions in one. Sorry.) We're getting hitched in Vegas, and friends are traveling from overseas. Help us plan out some basic wedding stuff (like location, wedding bands, etc.), as well as how to make our friends' stay enjoyable. [more inside]
posted by metalheart on Apr 26, 2009 - 10 answers

Will acetone nail polish remover damage gold?

Removing nail polish from a diamond & white gold engagement ring? [more inside]
posted by librarianamy on Dec 13, 2008 - 14 answers

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