Will pearls - regular, black and other types, both freshwater and non - be damaged by freezing for extended periods of time? We're not talking deep-freeze, just the temperature (or range of temperatures) in your average home kitchen freezer.
posted by luriete
on Jan 18, 2007 -
I need some help finding [somewhere to purchase] a piece of jewelry that was lost. It was originally purchased at TJ Maxx in Orlando. [more inside]
posted by mhuckaba
on Dec 18, 2006 -
Charity Gift: 16-year-old girl wants a silver wristwatch. Price range is about $35. No other information available about the girl; anonymous gift from tree at work. What hip watches meet these criteria?
posted by JDC8
on Nov 21, 2006 -
I currently live in Utah, and my mother is sending me my great-grandmother's jewelry for me to sell as a way to help subsidize my move to California. I've sold contemporary jewelry in pawn shops before, but I think that with these pieces being from the 20s, I should be able to get more than "weight of gold"....what is the best way to go about selling these? [more inside]
posted by polexxia
on Nov 18, 2006 -
I can't find the site where I found this beautiful ring... can you help? [more inside]
posted by Corky
on Nov 13, 2006 -
I've been cleaning some sterling silver necklaces with a jewelry polishing cloth. The necklaces now seem clean, but there is still a lot of black stuff coming off on the cloth, no matter how long I scrub the necklaces with it. Why is this?
posted by zembla3
on Oct 28, 2006 -
San Francisco/Los Angeles: I'm interested in a ring from Niwaka
. Unfortunately we'd have to fly to Kyoto or New York to try it. Is there anywhere in SF with similar designs? I've already been to the jewelry mart on 8th and Brannan and a few shops on Union. I'll be in LA next week, so that's an option too. Thanks.
posted by Señor Pantalones
on Sep 23, 2006 -
I swear my friend isn't a Nazi, but what the heezy is this thing I found in his stuff? [more inside]
posted by Smarson
on Sep 11, 2006 -
I'm planning on buying a Jade bracelet for my wife's birthday and am looking for recommendations on a legitimate place to find one in Chicago's Chinatown (or anywhere within the Chicago-area for that matter)? [more inside]
posted by cherryghost
on Aug 22, 2006 -
Please help my sister and me liberate ourselves (in a wise way) from a bitter, albeit shiny, inheritance [more inside]
posted by killerinsideme
on Aug 16, 2006 -
I need to buy a sterling silver ring, Celtic-design and others too, in Chicago, sometime soon. Any recommendations? I live along the red line and thus that would be most convenient for me.
posted by cajo
on Jun 23, 2006 -
Help! I just lost a very expensive, very old, and a very beloved family heirloom of a diamond ring down the drain of my bathtub. [more inside]
posted by TheGoldenOne
on May 13, 2006 -
How can I see what Tiffany jewelry looks like on a person without going to one of their stores? [more inside]
posted by radioamy
on Apr 25, 2006 -
Does anyone remember the plastic chain charm necklaces that were such a hit in the 1980s? [more inside]
posted by brina
on Apr 19, 2006 -
Looking for a black, matte-finish metal for a durable men's ring. Ideas? Things to avoid? [more inside]
posted by Gucky
on Apr 10, 2006 -
I'd like to get a replica Green Lantern ring made, because I am a ridiculous dork. What's a good place? [more inside]
posted by kafziel
on Mar 14, 2006 -
Recommendations for a good place to buy (expensive) earrings in Chicago - downtown/loop area, on December 28th? (And yes, Tiffany & Co has a store on Michigan Avenue, but I'm looking for a place with less attitude and more value.)
posted by WestCoaster
on Dec 24, 2005 -
I want to make jewelry! Like, real jewelry. Read: metalsmithing, not putting manufactured beads on wires. What tools should I buy? What books would you recommend? Do I need to take a class or not? [more inside]
posted by fishfucker
on Dec 16, 2005 -
Jewelry design? Suppose, for the sake of conversation, I'd like to know about key designers and what makes for "good" jewelry. [more inside]
posted by mikeh
on Dec 2, 2005 -
Would you be put off if you ordered some beaded jewelry and it arrived in bags like this
(or something similar) instead of in boxes like this
(or something similar)? [more inside]
posted by leapingsheep
on Sep 21, 2005 -
ok, so I while back you guys advice and buying a wedding ring. So I got this awesome cool handcarved wedding ring from an antique store. It is 18K gold band with a handcarved design of laurel and berries....but I only got one. So how do I go about getting a duplicate made (larger) that would fit me? I have talked to jewelers and the are very vague. I live in SE MI area.
posted by cdcello
on Jul 11, 2005 -
I was recently married, and wear titanium engagement and wedding rings set with sapphires. They are already looking very smudged/dirty,and even shallowly scratched. What should I do/use to clean them?
posted by juniper
on Jun 16, 2005 -
My girlfriend would like to sell a silver heart necklace with a small (~0.10 ct) diamond. It was purchased ~6 years ago for ~$400 on clearance somewhere. That's about all the information we have about it. Questions:
What's the best way of going about selling such a thing? Ebay?
Does it need to be appraised? How much does that typically cost?
We're in Los Angeles.
posted by sirion
on Jun 13, 2005 -
I'm looking for shops in either Miami Beach or New York City where I could find interesting handmade jewelry. (A slightly random combination of cities, I know--it's just that I'll be in both places on an upcoming trip.) I'm looking for jewelry that is well made but not ultra expensive--which, in my mind, would probably put the price range somewhere between $20 and $100. Any tips for shops in either location?
posted by yankeefog
on May 19, 2005 -
What is the best way to sell personal jewelry or metals? Specifically I have a platinum band that I've had for a few years and havent worn in ages that I'd like to part with. Is there a fixed value market for this similar to gold? How do you prevent getting a rotten deal from a reseller? Does anyone have personal experience with this? Really, what's the best way to go about doing this? Thanks as always for your responses.
posted by Peter H
on Mar 28, 2005 -
Any Advice on the best way to sell a ring and not get ripped off? A friend of mine has an engagement ring he would like to sell (the relationship died some time ago, before he popped the question). It was originally worth $2,500 and he would like to maximize his return. Clearly, a pawn shop is not the way to go, but neither of us know what other options there are.
posted by Irontom
on Feb 1, 2005 -
Jewelry appraisal : I have a rather unique piece of jewelry that I'd like to get appraised to find out what the gemstone is, and possibly the origins of the piece. What kind of place should I go to? Any specific questions I should ask? What should an appraisal cost? Thanks in advance.
posted by littlegirlblue
on Dec 19, 2004 -
What would be the best way for a person to sell their antique and really rather pretty jewelry in Texas? Looking at ebay, the prices tend to be quite low and pawn shops are even lower.
posted by Mossy
on Dec 9, 2004 -
I recently purchased some loose gems and now I would like to make them into jewelry. How much does this kind of thing usually cost? Will just any jeweler do this or do I need to find a specific type of jeweler? Do I need to insure them before bringing them to the Jeweler? I'm not really into the bling, so this is all new to me.
posted by renyoj
on Nov 10, 2004 -
I'm combing the web for a substantial, well-designed titanium necklace from a reputable online store. Pickings seem slim, and googling turns up more chaff than substance. Simple link design with some heft and a T-bar clasp are preferred. Anyone here seen such a beast?
posted by vers
on Oct 11, 2004 -
CapitalistFilter. So I'm selling some jewelry for a friend and need some advice on what sort of cut I should ask for. (MI) [more inside]
posted by jeremias
on Oct 10, 2004 -
Jewelry Question: I would like to get my engagement ring cleaned and resized smaller. I'm worried about this because I've heard stories of jewelers taking the ring from you to the "back" to do the work, but then exchanging the diamonds for lower quality stones. Also, it doesn't need a major resize...it's just large enough to annoy me (keeps turning around on my finger, for example), but it won't fall off by itself. There are SO many listings for jewelers -- I feel like its like finding a good mechanic -- difficult, and better if you can get a recommendation. Can anyone recommend a jeweler (in the Los Angeles area) that they trust and had a good experience/history with? Is it a bad idea to resize a platinum ring with diamonds in it to a slightly smaller size? [Oh--and I don't want to go back to where the ring was purchased.]
posted by rio
on Jul 18, 2004 -
Beading question- I am making a simple seed bead necklace, a few bracelets, and earrings. The beads are too small for any needle I have, but it is excessively tedious stringing the teensy beads one by one (especially since I am working toward a thick, ropy and twisted necklace). I know nothing about beading, so I am wondering if anyone here can give me tips, shortcuts, or just tell me that there is no other way to do it.
posted by oflinkey
on Jul 2, 2004 -
Jewelry advice. I would like to propose marriage with an antique ring. Is this acceptable? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Mayor Curley
on Mar 22, 2004 -