Make Jewelry From Your Discarded Credit Cards

Make Jewelry From Your Discarded Credit Cards

Sure, you could cut up your credit and debit cards and throw them away once they’re closed, expired, or the account number has been stolen in a massive data breach. Or, with a few simple tools, you could re-purpose them into lovely pieces of jewelry.

$220,000 Diamond Ring Gets Rave Reviews On Amazon, Sort Of

$220,000 Diamond Ring Gets Rave Reviews On Amazon, Sort Of

We’re no fans of fake customer reviews here at Consumerist, it’s true, but obviously goofy reviews are one of my very favorite things. (The reviews for this gallon of milk are an Internet classic.)

The Consumerist Hive Mind Helps You Buy A Diamond

The Consumerist Hive Mind Helps You Buy A Diamond

I’d love to know what to look out for when buying a diamond. Do dealers change the grades of diamonds, lie about carats, etc? Where can I buy reasonably priced diamonds? There may be a huge mark-up in store, but am I going to get scammed online? Maybe just pointing in the direction of reliable user reviews of local or online retailers, since it’s so hard to know which reviews are genuine and which are the retailers inflating their stock these days.

5 Big Retail Mark-Ups To Watch Out For

5 Big Retail Mark-Ups To Watch Out For

The Lansing State Journal has put together a list of 5 marked-up retail categories to be aware of when you’re making purchasing decisions, most of which you hopefully already know. If you can’t find wholesale sources or DIY replacements, then at least make sure you do a lot of comparison shopping to get the best deal.

Do Not Hide An Engagement Ring In A Frosty And Then Hold An Eating Contest

Do Not Hide An Engagement Ring In A Frosty And Then Hold An Eating Contest

Reed Harris wanted a memorable proposal — but he probably should have thought his plan through a little better. He hid an engagement ring in his girlfriend’s Wendy’s Frosty — and then he and his friends challenged her to a race to see who could eat their Frosty first. What could go wrong?

Fortunoff Files For Bankruptcy (Again)

Fortunoff Files For Bankruptcy (Again)

Regional jeweler Fortunoff has thrown in the towel and filed for bankruptcy today. The retailer cited terrible holiday sales, a “severe liquidity crisis” in January, and the cost of expanding its jewelry line into Lord & Taylor stores as reasons. Fortunoff was brought out of an earlier bankruptcy about a year ago by a private equity firm, but it didn’t take.

Illinois Jeweler Selling Senate Seats

Illinois Jeweler Selling Senate Seats

As Gawker pointed out, a Chicago furniture store is running ads claiming that it “sells more seats than the Governor.” Now a local jewelry store is literally selling Senate seats, as beautiful charms!

Kohl's Marks Up Jewelry, Then Discounts It

Kohl's Marks Up Jewelry, Then Discounts It

A Maryland woman bought some jewelry on sale at the Kohl’s in Westminster, then discovered cheaper prices under the price tags.

If Jewelry Commercials Annoy You, This Is The Video To Watch

If Jewelry Commercials Annoy You, This Is The Video To Watch

As a female person who doesn’t see the need for overpriced allotropes of carbon, I find jewelry commercials annoying. I could explain, but Current TV’s Sarah Haskins has done it for me. Enjoy.

How To Avoid Getting Ripped Off By Cash4Gold

How To Avoid Getting Ripped Off By Cash4Gold

UPDATE: Cash4Gold Offers Blogger $3,000 To Remove Negative Post

Zales Store Receipts Really Don't Mean Anything

Zales Store Receipts Really Don't Mean Anything

Reader Taylor had purchased wedding rings from Zales with a payment plan that allows him to make payments over the course of a year. One day, Taylor went to the store to make a payment of $160 and received his receipt for the cash transaction. A few days later, he received a call from the store manager who said that she believed that Taylor had only paid $60 and cited a surveillance video which, according to the manager, shows their sales representative counting only 3 bills. Even though Taylor was certain that he paid $160 and has a receipt to prove it, he asked to see this intriguing video, but the store manager has been giving him the run-around ever since. Taylor’s letter and our advice, inside…

Target To 80-Year-Old: Yeah, We Sold You The Wrong Watch Battery, But We Won't Take It Back

Target To 80-Year-Old: Yeah, We Sold You The Wrong Watch Battery, But We Won't Take It Back

My mother in law, recently went to Target to get a battery installed for her watch. The watch was a common Timex model and the associate told her that she would have to buy the battery first. So she purchased that battery, and the associate attempted to install it in the watch. The battery did not fit the watch, so the associate said “sorry, we don’t have the right battery” and then refused to take the battery back and refund her money. She was told they don’t take back opened battery packages.

Tiffany's Dazzling Customer Service More Than Makes Up For Shipping Snafu

Tiffany's Dazzling Customer Service More Than Makes Up For Shipping Snafu

Ritzy Fifth Avenue jeweler Tiffany & Co. failed to ship Chris’ grandfather a bracelet for his wife in time for Christmas. We expect a certain level of service from high-end stores, but Tiffany’s extravagant amends caught us by surprise.

Would You Seek Out "Fairtrade" Gold If You Could?

Would You Seek Out "Fairtrade" Gold If You Could?

Gold is the latest commodity vying for the ethical “Fairtrade” seal of approval, reports Reuters in a feature on Britsh/Canadian Greg Valerio and his quest to reduce exploitation—both environmental and human—in the jewelry market.

When Shopping In A Port Of Call, Document Your Purchases

When Shopping In A Port Of Call, Document Your Purchases

If you find you’re on a cruise to, say, the Caribbean, and you decide to buy something expensive—like, say, an emerald ring—then be sure to pay with a credit card, take photos of the item and the person who sold it to you, and get a receipt. It may sound like overkill, but if the “emeralds” in the ring fall out and it turns your finger black once you’re back on the boat and have left Antigua, chances are it’s not a cursed pirate ring but a fake, and you’ll be glad you have some documentation when you start trying to make things right.

Insider Tips For Buying Jewelry

Insider Tips For Buying Jewelry

The diamond industry is a big stinking sham, but if you’re stuck in a relationship where you can’t get away with a plastic spider ring for a gift—well, first of all, we feel sorry for you, but second of all, here are some great tips to help you save money when jewelry shopping.

Disney, Toys 'R Us To Begin Random Testing Of Toys

Disney, Toys 'R Us To Begin Random Testing Of Toys

Disney is a name a lot of parents trust, so it came as a surprise to many that toys and jewelry featuring Disney characters would be recalled for lead contamination. The jewelry seen here, for example, was recalled for lead contamination after being sold at mall outlets like The Limited, Too.

Over 10,000,000 Items Recalled For Lead Contamination In 2007

Over 10,000,000 Items Recalled For Lead Contamination In 2007

With the recall of some Thomas & Friends and Sponge Bob toys on August 22, the total number of products recalled due to lead contamination in 2007 reached 10,020,300, according to data from the Consumer Product Safety Commission. None of the items were manufactured in the US, so the recall responsibility and cost falls squarely on the shoulders of the US importers. We took at look back at 2007’s lead recalls to try to understand the scope of the problem.