Woman Sues Chanel After Getting $10,000 Ring Stuck On Her Finger

Woman Sues Chanel After Getting $10,000 Ring Stuck On Her Finger

Don’t you just hate it when you slip on a really expensive ring, only to then have to wait several hours in the emergency room for a doctor to pry it off your pudgy digit? I know I do… But I’ve never gotten so mad that I’ve sued one of the most famous brands in the world of fashion.

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‘Stolen’ Urban Outfitters Jewelry Design Not All That Original

‘Stolen’ Urban Outfitters Jewelry Design Not All That Original

If there’s anything that the Internet loves, it’s a story about a big, evil corporation screwing over a creative individual or small company. That’s why people were quick to get behind the Etsy seller who claimed that Urban Outfitters stole her jewelry designs and was selling cheap knockoffs. The jewelry is similar, but her claim that the designs were original and hers alone is a lot more complicated than that.

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At UPS, 'Improper Packaging' Means 'Someone Cut Open Your Package'

At UPS, 'Improper Packaging' Means 'Someone Cut Open Your Package'

Michelle sold her engagement ring to a friend, and shipped it from a UPS Store in the Midwest. The ring was valuable, so she purchased $200 worth of shipping insurance on the ring and sent it on its way to New England. When the box arrived, it had been cut open and the ring removed. Michelle’s insurance claim was denied because the item was “improperly packaged.”

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Celebrate The Imminent Return Of Jesus With 50% Off All Jewelry

Celebrate The Imminent Return Of Jesus With 50% Off All Jewelry

When the End Times come, all world economies will collapse, leaving the unlucky survivors to barter for their survival. Precious metals and gems will be very popular. That’s probably why this jewelry store in the Midwest took out local TV ads promoting their “Second Coming Sale” with 50% off all merchandise. It’s not even close to Easter yet!

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Figure Out How Much Your Scrap Gold Is Worth

Figure Out How Much Your Scrap Gold Is Worth

If you have a bunch of broken gold chains and necklaces and want to try selling them to a jewelry store, it’s important to know how much they’re worth first. Here’s how to calculate their value like the pros do.

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Jewelry Saleswoman Sees Revolting Things

Jewelry Saleswoman Sees Revolting Things

If you ever thought working behind the counter at a jewelry store was a cushy, somewhat glamorous gig, you were apparently very, very wrong. It’s the part of your job that involves accepting old pieces of jewelry for maintenance that makes the job tough.

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Blue Nile Sends E-Mails From Actual Human, Provides Free Earring Back

Blue Nile Sends E-Mails From Actual Human, Provides Free Earring Back

Steve purchased diamond earrings from Blue Nile for his wife back in January, and contacted the company because the back of one earring was starting to turn black. Concerned that there might be a problem with the metal, he contacted Blue Nile, and was thrilled that an actual human responded to him, and offered to replace something as simple as an earring back.

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Macy's Caught Selling Leaded Glass Rubies As Real Rubies

Macy's Caught Selling Leaded Glass Rubies As Real Rubies

In 2004, a “ruby-glass composite”–basically a mixture of ruby and leaded glass–hit the jewelry market. At the time, a jewelry industry watchdog group “concluded that the stones could not be sold as rubies or precious gems under Federal Trade Commission guidelines, since they lacked the durability and value of bona fide rubies.” But Macy’s has been selling them as good old-fashioned rubies, and its salespeople have been neglecting to tell shoppers the truth at the moment they purchase the pieces, writes David V. Johnson of the SF Public Press.

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Harper's Magazine: Insider Reveals How You Get Jacked When Selling Jewelry

Harper's Magazine: Insider Reveals How You Get Jacked When Selling Jewelry

Struggling to make next month’s rent, you might be tempted to dig out some necklaces and rings you don’t wear and try to sell it to your friendly neighborhood jeweler. But you might actually be buying a ticket to a sick magic show. The jeweler performs a blistering series of slight of hand tricks, whipping out calculators, spouting off fees, keeping your eye on the supposedly worthless diamonds under a tenth of a carat while double-deducting for the base metal. By the end, you slink out in a dizzied blur, accepting 1/5th of what the piece is actually worth. In this exclusive excerpt from the latest issue of Harper’s, ex-jeweler Clancy Martin takes you on a journey to the dark underbelly of the jewelry game.

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Ex-Jeweler Dissects "Buying Roadshow" Ads

Ex-Jeweler Dissects "Buying Roadshow" Ads

The ads are cheesy as all get out: “Buying Roadshow” “Instant Cash For All” “Will pay up to 1100%” in giant block letters and starbursts. And the crazy thing is that they’re really good at packing in suckers eager to sell their “scrap jewelry,” dreaming of riches, but eventually convinced to be happy walking away with a few bucks. Over at Harper’s Magazine, ex-jeweler Clancy Martin takes apart these ads piece by piece and reveals what really goes on behind the black curtain. For instance:

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Sears And Kmart Want To Buy Your Gold

Sears And Kmart Want To Buy Your Gold

The next time you want to sell some old gold jewelry, you can just take it to your nearest Kmart or Sears. The retailers have announced a partnership with something called Pro Gold Network, which basically amounts to, “You can pick up a mailer and instructions at our jewelry departments.” Remember, though, that mail-in services almost always pay less than what you can get locally from a jeweler or pawn shop, or by selling to a refinery directly. Here’s what Pro Gold Network will pay so you can compare rates.

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Safety Commission Cracking Down On Cadmium In Kids' Jewelry

Safety Commission Cracking Down On Cadmium In Kids' Jewelry

It’s a good thing summer camps are coming up, with their weird seminars on bracelet weaving and whittling rings, because the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has just announced a recall of 19,000 charms sold at Claire’s stores, and says that’s just the beginning.

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Family Heirloom Wedding Bands Enter Kay Jeweler, Are Never Seen Again

Family Heirloom Wedding Bands Enter Kay Jeweler, Are Never Seen Again

Mistakes happen, and apparently there was a hole in the UPS box and all the rings fell out. No really, that’s what this customer’s wife was told when she asked for an explanation of where their rings were. Now the customer says Kay Jewelers won’t give him any other information, or even show him photos of the rings after they were sent to the warehouse. They’ll replace them with jewelry up to $500, but nothing higher, and if he wants to find out anything else he’ll have to lawyer up. Here’s his story.

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10 Of The Strangest Unclaimed Airline Baggage Items Ever Found

10 Of The Strangest Unclaimed Airline Baggage Items Ever Found

You’ve probably heard of the Unclaimed Baggage Center in Alabama. It’s where all lost suitcases that are never reunited with their owners end up. This makes it both the world’s most amazing thrift store and a collection of pretty weird stuff. A recent mental_floss article rounded up ten of the strangest (and most valuable) things they’ve found.

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Cheap Jewelry Finds New, Better Way To Poison Your Child

Cheap Jewelry Finds New, Better Way To Poison Your Child

An AP investigation has found that, barred from using lead in children’s jewelry, some Chinese manufacturers have substituted cadmium — which is more dangerous. The AP tested one piece of jewelry that was 91% cadmium by weight. The heavy metal is a known carcinogen and is used in rechargeable batteries, pigments, electroplating and plastic. Children can ingest the cadmium by sucking or biting on the jewelry. They do not need to swallow it.

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Faberge.com Sells $7 Mil Baubles To Special People Only

Faberge.com Sells $7 Mil Baubles To Special People Only

The reborn Faberge has decided that the rich don’t shop online like the rest of us.

OutOfYourLife.Com: The Man Eater's Cash4Gold?

OutOfYourLife.Com: The Man Eater's Cash4Gold?

Here’s a common problem: we have many ex-lovers, who have put ice on our wrists and given us countless pearl necklaces. But these wealthy suitors have left our hearts broken and in this economy, we’re hurting for cash. Thankfully, we discovered Out of Your Life (motto: “It’s time to break up with his jewelry, too”), who will buy our tear-stained jewelry back from us!

Never Pack Your Jewelry In Checked Baggage

Never Pack Your Jewelry In Checked Baggage

My suitcase had been opened, my jewelry bag unzipped, and my fine jewelry (gold, diamonds, sapphires) had been hand picked out of the jewelry bag and the inexpensive jewelry (plastic, glass, metal) left strewn across my belongings inside my suitcase.