Fine jewelry: do you take yours off every time you enter a swimming pool / hot tub / ocean? [more inside]
posted by sparrows
on Jan 6, 2011 -
Looking for etsy store recommendations for jewelry, accessories, design-y items and other gifts. [more inside]
posted by ghostbikes
on Dec 12, 2010 -
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 -
Is it okay to haggle for the price of used jewelry? Specifically, a $35,000 engagement ring? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Nov 29, 2010 -
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 -
Jewelry filter: my wife wants some diamond stud earrings for Christmas, but we're both pretty disgusted by the traditional diamond trade. What's a good source of high quality man-made (synthetic) diamond jewelry?
posted by wmeredith
on Nov 21, 2010 -
Jeweler quoted us a price for a diamond; ones that seem equivalent are far, far cheaper online. Are we being ripped off? [more inside]
posted by The Michael The
on Nov 11, 2010 -
I have a ring that I love. My sister loves it too. Problem is, I don't know where to find another similar one for her, and I'd like to keep mine. [more inside]
posted by FlyByDay
on Nov 7, 2010 -
I'm trying to locate a special necklace my wife once had. It was purchased in downtown Colorado Springs and I believe it was crafted at that store. I don't have the name of the store, but I think they went out of business.
Here's a quick drawn mock up.
Do you know where I can find a pendant like this?
posted by kc0dxh
on Nov 3, 2010 -
I *love* this aquamarine and diamond 14K ring
, which is priced at $1850(USD). Not that I'm actually planning on buying it, but just for curiosity's sake, and possibly for practical use much further down the financial road, is this a competitive price, or could I hope to have one just like it made, or to find something similar, for less?
posted by orange swan
on Oct 7, 2010 -
My necklaces are currently in a drawer, getting tangled up and forgotten. Any ideas on how to sort them out? NB I can't hang anything up on the wall. [more inside]
posted by mippy
on Sep 21, 2010 -
I have 20 lbs of beautiful antique and vintage buttons of every size, shape, material and form. I recuperating from surgery for the next 4 weeks. Can you suggest projects to utilize my time and materials? [more inside]
posted by kimdog
on Sep 16, 2010 -
Are there localized metal allergies? I think I may have one. [more inside]
posted by mkb
on Sep 10, 2010 -
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 -
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 -
What styles of engagement ring would match with this unusual bezel set diamond wedding band? [more inside]
posted by mintchip
on Aug 5, 2010 -
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 -
I need jewelry store recommendations in Brooklyn. I'm buying an engagement ring for my girlfriend and I want a simple gold band that I can get engraved. The store must be in Brooklyn and the rings should be at least somewhat affordable ($200-700). [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jun 28, 2010 -
I'm in possession of an old engagement ring that was purchased in ~2002 and was, at the time, about $750 at one of those mall jewelry stores. It's less than a carat, but I'm not sure how much less. No paperwork. I'd forgotten I still had it until I found it in a box. Ex did not want it returned. What's the best way to get rid of it and get the most cash possible? [more inside]
posted by gracedissolved
on Jun 24, 2010 -
An older family member has given me 3 pearls that have great meaning to her and asked me to have them made into jewelry to be given to another family member (a 22-year-old woman). What form of jewelry should I have made? Any tips on how to deal with local jewelers to get something that will yield a beautiful and valued gift?
posted by Alizaria
on May 7, 2010 -
Do you know of any other firms that will recycle your gold and make jewelry for you? I know of EcoKarat
, but they don't offer the stones I want for my custom jewelry.
Barring that, what's the best way to sell the unwanted gold jewelry I have? All of those cash4gold websites look unsavory.
posted by emkelley
on Apr 30, 2010 -
Your opinions on metal choice for engagement+wedding rings, hopefully with the benefit of a decade of hindsight regarding how the appearance will age and what maintenance is required... [more inside]
posted by Ultimate Sockpuppet the Second
on Apr 17, 2010 -
I saw a necklace on an acquaintance who received it as a gift. It is a diamond ring cut out of a flat piece of gold or gold-seeming metal. This is a pendant on a necklace. Where can I find this? [more inside]
posted by beautiful
on Mar 21, 2010 -
Recently started weaving chainmail in a search for a quiet crafty activity to do at my desk during downtime at work. Sunk ~$100 into getting a good mix of starting materials (anodized aluminum, brass, and a steel "coif kit" for when I get the hang of it.) Have so far learned basic 4-in-1 weave and made a bracelet and some earrings for my wife. (The latter turned out, the former is so-so.) What are some good resources for patterns, advice, other info?
posted by Scattercat
on Mar 16, 2010 -
Fashion ring filter: I've noticed a recent trend for really large rings, and I really like it. Unfortunately, I'm having trouble finding one, can you help? [more inside]
posted by cestmoi15
on Mar 14, 2010 -
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 -
My mother has recently come across a 14kt gold bracelet with "687 V" inscribed on it. Anyone have any ideas what that means?
posted by AdamOddo
on Feb 1, 2010 -
What's the best method for adding color to metal without it chipping off? I have some brass flowers like these
that I want to color but I have no idea where to start.
posted by MaryDellamorte
on Jan 29, 2010 -
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 -
What are your favorite sites for jewelry making supplies? I lean toward more vintage and vintage style sites, but suggestions about standard stores that you really enjoy would also be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by MaryDellamorte
on Jan 11, 2010 -
Shops that make and sell individualized, eclectic hand-made jewelry in the Portland, Oregon area? (... X-mas gift help request) [more inside]
posted by Auden
on Dec 21, 2009 -