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]
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]
What to expect when selling gold jewelry? Details inside. [more inside]
I'm looking to buy an engagement ring. Where can I get a solid deal on one these days? [more inside]
Gauged ears - what to do? Cultural appropriation, work, your opinions and suggestions needed. [more inside]
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]
Where can I find this oversized gold tone chain link necklace 1, 2 (as seen on Covert Affairs last season)? My girlfriend really likes it! [more inside]
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]
Help me find the perfect bug necklace for a girly tomboy [more inside]
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]
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]
Places to buy vintage and/or estate engagement rings local to New York City? Warnings and cautions? [more inside]
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]
What are some small-ish online stores for budget fashion accessories? [more inside]
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]
My girlfriend would like a particular style of engagement ring. [more inside]
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]
Buying an engagement ring in Bangkok: Advisable? [more inside]
Any good jewelry store recommendations for the New York area? [more inside]
Getting started with making beaded jewelry. Looking for tips and inspiration. [more inside]
How can I go abut learning jewelry making? Real metalsmithing, not just stringing beads on wires... [more inside]
Can I teach myself to be a silversmith? More specifically, I want to make nice rings, with drusy and cut stones, and maybe some raw brass pendants. But how do I start? [more inside]
What kind of necklace chain won't turn my neck green? [more inside]
DIY nuts and bolts question. [more inside]
Where can I find THIS jewelry hanger? I've Binged, Googled and Yahoo'd enough for a century.
What's the triangular piece of jewelry my great grandfather is wearing under his jacket and over his vest? [more inside]
Who are all the good jewelry bloggers, and where are their blogs? [more inside]
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]
I recently bought this Art Nouveau aide de memoire. Now I would like to find a very long silver chain to wear it on. [more inside]
What kind of Claddagh ring should I buy and where should I buy it? [more inside]
I'm not sure if this is even possible, but: where could I buy a lady's Regency-period ring? Something like this would be perfect. I keep coming across awful eBay sites that have 'Georgian-style' attached to something that could have been made in China yesterday, for all I know. Something with a certificate of authenticity / valuation?
My girlfriend and I are planning on getting engaged soon--hooray! She would like to use some family heirloom stones for the engagement ring. We're not sure how to best proceed. [more inside]
Looking for a website that sells jewelry with a search option for specific themes. Specifically, I want to buy a bracelet with a camera charm. [more inside]
Where can I buy this necklace? At the store the other day I saw someone wearing a heart-shaped pendant with a clear covering in the center that displayed lgbt pride colors. It looked kind of like this, except there weren't any symbols in the middle, the rainbow colors were straight across instead of wavy and it wasn't a keychain.
Last Second Super-Specific Costume help: I finally hit in an outfit idea that excites me, but it requires a large amount of cheap costume jewelry ( rings, brackets, and necklaces). Where do I find a lot of varied, disposable junk jewelry for not a lot of money without spending hours trolling flea markets and wholesalers? In the NYC area. [more inside]
Need some datapoints on body piercing. [more inside]
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.
My wife has been dropping hints (like anvils on my toes) that she would like a string of pearls for her birthday, and I'd like to oblige. I know nothing about buying pearls. I can probably afford it, but don't want to break the bank. [more inside]
Jewelry filter: I have a wedding ring here and it is peridot and diamond stones. I recently went hiking and a lot of dirt got stuck behind the stones. I have tried washing it and scrubbing it with a soft toothbrush, but some of it is not coming out. There are tiny holes in the backside of the gems that the dirt got into. Any ideas for cleaning? Would a jeweler be able to clean it?
Pandora Braclet. My wife would like one. I want to appease the wife. Have you bought one online (in US) if so, where and were you able to save money via buy it in the store? [more inside]
Help me come up with a storage mechanism for my jewelry. [more inside]
Need guidance for a friend in Brooklyn who wants to sell some old (personal and family) gold and jewelry. [more inside]
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?
What kind of chain should I get for my pendant to minimize irritation to my sensitive skin? [more inside]
High-end boutique jeweler delivered a custom ring with an obvious inclusion in the stone. Another jeweler saw the ring, was very surprised and said I absolutely should expect a replacement of the stone. Help me approach/phrase the replacement request? [more inside]
I am ready to pop the question and am looking for places in Chicago to buy a wedding ring. Has anyone had success with a jeweler buying a wedding ring that they recommend? I want to customize the design a bit.
Need help identifying this engagement ring set [more inside]
I am looking for recommendations for two course: one in making jewelry and one in making hats in the Boston area. I did note a hat course at the design school, but you have to be enrolled in a degree program. Has anyone taken any courses in the above they could recommend? Thanks!
Help with a name for a business selling beaded, metal (silver, copper) jewelry? [more inside]