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At the beginning of our relationship, my husband would buy me one nice piece of jewelry for Christmas. When we actually married, we couldn't afford to buy a brand new engagement ring. I found one I loved at a pawn shop for $500, and it appraised for $3500. My husband always wanted to upgrade me to something nicer.
On our 5 year anniversary, he did! A good friend introduced him to a local jeweler. They also buy back jewelry from people. Because they can buy it back cheaper, they can sell it cheaper. Spending the money he'd been saving, my husband was able to buy me an engagement ring valued at 3 times what he paid.
It is a beautiful ring and I love it! I frequently receive compliments on it. Now all of my jewelry is bought from the same jeweler. I have nice things to pass on to my children at a fraction of the cost.
By Mistie from Baton Rouge
I have bought jewelry from pawn shops for years. I have a whole safe at the bank full. I went through some of it and found some gold ones I never wore. I took them to a gold and silver place and got quite a bit for them since gold went up. I did real good and still have tons left. I would never buy from a jewelry store again, plus pawn shops have some unusual things, a lot of old things too.
Hey fashionistas! Chain (and metal disc) necklaces are all the rage, but the new trendy ones are pricey. Here's a tip - take smaller chain belts from the thrift store and fasten the ends together permanently by opening and closing a jump ring. Voila! An easy, cheap fashion necklace. (Really, no one can tell you spent $1 or so on the belt.)
By pamphyila from L.A., CA
Yep there are all sorts of tricks. I buy headbands and bangles and wrap them with foo foo yarn for all kinds of cool looks.
Did you find one earring at a yard sale? Make it into a pin!
Sometimes you can find cheap rings, then just hang them from an earring loop or other piece of jewelry. I have also used them for a scarf ring, which really is nice when you use several.
You can purchase earring posts and backs cheaply at your local hobby store. Superglue earring posts to the backs of the buttons. Let them dry, and enjoy your new earrings!
By Valerie from Houston, TX
I wear clip-ons but those are hard to find nowadays. I'll be able to make myself as many pairs as I want now-thanks for a great tip!
Some of the prettiest jewelry, can be purchased at thrift stores for less than pennies on the dollar. If you discover a bracelet or necklace with a missing link or a lost clasp, a few moments can repair them like new.
A few years ago, vintage jewelry was much easier to find in places like thrift stores and much less expensive. Now what I can find for a reasonable price usually has some flaws. I get past that by restoring the pieces.
Try consignment shops, pawn shops, and the local thrift shops and Dollar Stores for inexpensive jewelry. I have a pre-teen and these are the cheapest places that I go.
When most people think of gems they think of diamonds and other precious ones, but there are lovely semi-precious stones that are lovely and very affordable.
Use an inexpensive ribbon (for example the 50-cent or 99-cent ribbon at a craft store) instead of a chain with your favorite pendant. This is best for costume jewelry or high-quality inexpensive jewelry, not fine jewelry, but it adds a special touch to any outfit.
You can re-surface/spiff up costume jewelry using colored nail polish. I just touched up the worn gilding on a vintage pendant using gold-colored polish.
If your skin is turning greenish-black from the metal of a watch, you can protect your skin from it by painting the backside of the watch with clear nail polish or cut corn pads to fit the size of the back and stick them on.
Picked up a bargain cocktail ring at H and M, but it was a bit too shiny. I added some interest by putting on some blackish glittery nail polish on the work around the stone. Now it look likes marcasite and a much more expensive ring!
I've found great deals on real jewelry like Seiko Watches for $1.99, only needed a battery. I've also bought pretty jewelry (not real gems) at the $1 store. It came with a necklace and earrings.
Need new jewelry? Buy vintage jewelry instead. A lot of energy is being used making new jewelry. Also there are a lot of chemicals used in the mining process.
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I have lots of old cheap gold earrings. I would like to find a way to paint them. I used gold spray paint but that only lasts for a few days and the jewelry started to have an funny smell, kind of like rusty. Can you advise me on what would be good to use. Also I did not know if I should Use some type of sealant. -Lonnie George
I have used fingernail polish to paint earrings. If you want to paint them gold though, I would seal first with clear nail polish and then try spraying again.
Actually, you could spray paint first then seal with either clear polish or spray sealer.
Check with the local hardware store to see which paint and sealer is the best for the type of material your earrings are made of.
Gold nail polish,even the glittery kind,then seal with a coat of clear.