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 -
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 -
My fiance is half-Norwegian, and all the family he's in contact with are pretty Norwegian. We're having a wedding and trying to honor each other's heritages. I need touches and customs that can be added to said wedding. Problem: while googling on the internet for Viking stuff and/or meaningful runes, I'm finding a ton of racist stuff. My fiance has done antifa work and I just plain hate Nazis. How can I find cool customs that have not been appropriated by horrible people, and how can I buy jewelry (particularly ring-type) that isn't going to racist pockets? [more inside]
posted by corb
on Feb 4, 2013 -
Someone I met told me about this bizarre jewelry shop he went to once in NYC 15 years ago and I want to know what shop it was and if it still exists. [more inside]
posted by MaryDellamorte
on Jan 17, 2013 -
Losing weight (over 225 to under 210) and I'd like to lose more. I already feel my wedding ring is loose. I don't want to lose it. I don't want to get it adjusted at a jeweler.
1. I don't really trust our local jeweler.
2. Looking more for a reversible option.
The ideal answer would involve something like, "here's where you buy this great gadget that fits over your ring and it comes in various sizes.
Thanks for your time.
posted by notned
on Jan 8, 2013 -
I'm getting a start making jewelry and am looking for suppliers for inexpensive beads and pendants. Most of what I've been using has been cheap stuff from Fire Mountain and I've been really happy with the stuff I've gotten for them in the 75 cents to 2 dollar range but am looking for more variety. I'm more interested in pendants and other focals than beads, but I'm addicted enough to the bead part that I'll look at sites that focus on those too :) [more inside]
posted by NoraReed
on Jan 3, 2013 -
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 -
How can I present my intended with a Christmas gift that is in no way an engagement ring? Degree of difficulty: its packaging absolutely screams, "this is an engagement ring!" [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Dec 13, 2012 -
Silver Pandora bracelets for teen nieces: Great idea, or old fogie fail? The girls are 14 and 16, in the US. Would this be something cool for them, or is there a new hotness along these lines that would more appreciated? (I'm working from thousands of miles, a different continent – and quite a few decades – away!) [more inside]
posted by taz
on Dec 10, 2012 -
Hit me with your best ideas for crafty ways of making my own custom seal signet rings. They cost above $300/each online, and more for a custom seal.
I have access to a laser cutter, and am pretty crafty, but though I'm trained I don't currently have access to a jewelry studio. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by you're a kitty!
on Dec 4, 2012 -
I am planning to buy a jewelry cleaner for my brother-in-law who sells antique jewelry (and other antiques). Will an ultra-sonic cleaner be more useful than a steam cleaner or visa-verse. Or, does one need both to be effective?
posted by lake59
on Dec 2, 2012 -
I've broken my favorite piece of a jewelry -- a solid jade bangle. It dropped on the bathroom floor and broke into 2 pieces (pics 1 2
). When I put the two pieces together it doesn't look too bad (i.e. I think it was a "clean break" with no additional tiny pieces missing), so I'd like to fix it. Can I do this myself and will it look not horrible? What type of stuff could I use to glue the pieces together? If the answers to the previous questions are no and none, do you know of someone (jeweler/stone person) who could fix it in the DC/MD area? [more inside]
posted by bluefly
on Nov 30, 2012 -
Since the Turquoise Door in Austin, Texas is closing on December 31st, 2012, where does a person go in order to find jewelry of that sort? [more inside]
posted by Seamus
on Nov 27, 2012 -
My girlfriend wants to get rid of some old jewelry: rings and earrings with platinum, gold and diamonds. Where might we get the best price in Albuquerque?
posted by maurreen
on Nov 3, 2012 -
Wedding (and other) rings: is it better to go for the size that feels too tight, or the size that feels too loose? [more inside]
posted by Catseye
on Oct 17, 2012 -
What is the best way to clean this necklace with intricate filigree? The stone is simulated amethyst and the setting is silver (back
) and marcasite (front
). [more inside]
posted by _Mona_
on Oct 8, 2012 -
Jewelry Filter: What is this style of ring and what is it made out of? Flowers made out of some seemly synthetic or plastic. [more inside]
posted by Submiqent
on Sep 14, 2012 -
I'm fascinated by unusual jewelry with a history
— medieval memento moris
, ARP whistles from the Blitz
, Victorian nude stanhopes
, that sort of thing. I don't care at all
about precious metals and gemstones (real or fake), but rather about the story behind them. Cheap, mass-produced mementos and handmade crafts seem to carry more history than high-end jewels, but they're difficult to search for. Boring, pretty things always swamp me when I search for "costume" or "antique" or "estate" jewelry. Other than Monica Laughlin's excellent series of Hairpin posts
, where can I discover more history-through-jewelry?
I'm hoping for book recommendations, websites, stories, articles, or online shops. [more inside]
posted by you're a kitty!
on Aug 7, 2012 -
I'm looking to buy an engagement ring. Where can I get a solid deal on one these days? [more inside]
posted by lattiboy
on Jul 26, 2012 -
Gauged ears - what to do? Cultural appropriation, work, your opinions and suggestions needed. [more inside]
posted by Frowner
on Jul 23, 2012 -
How to reach United Airlines, re: jewelry lost on plane, they said they found it but email returned as undeliverable. Details to follow [more inside]
posted by misspat
on Jul 21, 2012 -
Where can I find this oversized gold tone chain link necklace 1
(as seen on Covert Affairs last season)? My girlfriend really likes it! [more inside]
posted by stewiethegreat
on Jul 15, 2012 -
My lovely boyfriend would like to buy me a piece of jewelry for my birthday, with a budget of up to $500. I think I'd like a ring, but I'm open to other options. Do you know of any awesome online jewelry stores that I should look at? [more inside]
posted by odayoday
on Jul 10, 2012 -
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 -
What to do with a loose diamond? A very kind family friend has given me a very lovely quarter caret marquise-cut stone. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on May 21, 2012 -
Places to buy vintage and/or estate engagement rings local to New York City? Warnings and cautions? [more inside]
posted by ThisIsNotMe
on May 15, 2012 -
A long time ago (~5 years or more), I happened on a website for a man selling silver charm necklaces. The background was black and everything was very dark-themed. I remember one necklace being about Romeo and Juliet, and the charms were I think a bottle of poison, a dagger, and a sleeping potion, and there was an Alice in Wonderland-themed one too. Most of the necklaces had 3 charms and they all had a story associated with them. The charms were almost all made of oxidized silver. The necklaces were quite expensive. It wasn't a company, it was just a guy with a website. I'm trying to locate the site, and Googling (even image search) has proven fruitless. Does anyone know what I'm talking about? [more inside]
posted by rjacobs
on May 8, 2012 -
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 -
Are there any places to purchase costume jewelry with lab/synthetic stones in higher quality settings? Costume jewelry always seems to have cheap settings, which don't look particularly nice (or feel very good to wear). Is there a place to get nicer looking/feeling costume jewelry? [more inside]
posted by arnicae
on Mar 31, 2012 -