Category Archives: Jewelry Resources

Resources for jewelry repairs, parts, and gemstones.

Friday’s Find- Victorian “Rose of Sharon” Amethyst Ring

I recently picked up a gorgeous amethyst ring at a northern Chicago suburb and was pleasantly surprised by it’s wonderful history. It is called a “Rose of Sharon” ring.  These rings were at the height of fashion in the Victorian … Continue reading

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Jewelry Repairs

There are a couple of jewelry repair shops in Chicago that we recommend. Frank’s Jewelry is a family-owned business that has been around for decades. I brought in bracelet for repairs, on a recommendation from another vintage dealer, and was … Continue reading

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Jewelry Stone Replacements

If you’re looking for replacement stones, jewelry repair kits or supplies, we recommend Mr. Stones. We’ve purchased beads and rhinestones along with glue and have found that they have a ton of replacement beads to choose from. Minimum order is … Continue reading

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Jewelry Appraiser

Last year, I picked up an amazing pair of 14kt gold blue topaz earrings. The 1.75ct blue topaz stones are authentic, not synthetic which is very common today. They are pierced, but have a threaded screw back post and are … Continue reading

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Fine Jewelry

Not long ago, Tanya and I met with Elissa Pappas who works for New York Jewelers. We’ve started to acquire jewelry with semi-precious stones, but we don’t yet have the eye to tell if it’s a real stone, a crystal … Continue reading

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Researching Jewelry

I have really enjoyed learning about the jewelry I have purchased and collected.  When I go to an estate sale I tend to have an idea of the ‘designer’ names and the quality I want, but for the most part … Continue reading

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