JewelConscious

Jewelry You Can Wear With a Clear Conscience

Niantic, Connecticut
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Announcement    Selectively curated and lovingly restored antique, estate and conversion jewelry.
Follow @JewelConscious on Instagram for new arrivals before they are listed.
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Last updated on Jul 21, 2022

Selectively curated and lovingly restored antique, estate and conversion jewelry.
Follow @JewelConscious on Instagram for new arrivals before they are listed.
https://linktr.ee/JewelConscious

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1132 Sales

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Dimitria K.

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Dimitria K.

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About JewelConscious

Sales 1,132
On Etsy since 2013

DIY Freak, Jeweler , Appraiser & Designer

A little bit about me...
I'm Greek American from New York. I started working in the Antique Jewelry business on Madison Ave. for a third generation jewelry store. I was lucky enough to have been mentored by not one but three Antiques Roadshow Jewelry Appraisers.

After Graduating from Queens College my husband and I relocated to San Francisco. I landed a job managing a well established, boutique, custom and designer jewelry store in Cow Hollow. Moving to a more corporate environment as the Merchandise Manager for the oldest jewelry store in San Francisco I decided to go back to my roots and work in the Antique jewelry business and consult for various stores in San Francisco, which I still do. It was a choice I made based on ethics and my love to reuse and recycle whatever I can.

I am a bit on the OCD side and I am meticulous when I catalogue and grade the pieces I buy and sell. I like to wear the pieces when they are done so I can troubleshoot any issues, like if the earring does not sit comfortably or face in the appropriate direction, hence many of my earrings have a right and a left side. I predominantly use recycled and old materials to manufacture in the jewelry I sell and when I do not, it is always sourced using Ethical Sourcing and Fair Trade Practices.

I know the intricacies of making jewelry and have designed custom jewelry for many years. I do wire wrapping and fun crafts on my own but much of my restoration and repairs are done by various master bench jewelers that specialize in techniques such as enameling, hand chasing and hand fabrication. Most restoration work uses a laser welder because of the difficulty in damaging other areas of the antique pieces and gemstones.

When I'm not working with jewelry, I am constantly working with my hands. You will find me knitting or crocheting, sewing fabrics that I reuse or recycle, gardening, volunteering at various organizations from giving gardens to community events and spending time with my family.

Thanks for listening to my story and I hope you like what you see!!!

​Warmly,
Dimitria

Shop members

  • Dimitria

    Owner, Jewelry Designer, Appraiser, Buyer

    Dimitria gained her skills being mentored by the top experts in historic jewelry, all featured on PBS's Antique Roadshow. Focused on smart, ethical, & creative approaches to realize the dreams of her clients. GIA Alumni, GemGuide, AGTA & DDI Member

  • Carolyn

    Bench Jeweler

    With a feminine touch, Carolyn does the custom jobs, restorations and repairs.

  • Perseus

    Security

    Percy has been a member of the team since 2020. He is still learning the ropes but is a people canine.

Production partners

  • Carolyn Wyman

    Jamestown, RI

    Master Bench Jeweler

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Last updated on May 11, 2022
Frequently asked questions
Customizations & Sizings

Any modifications made to an existing piece take 7 business days before the item ships. Sizings incur an additional fee for the metal added, please convoy before ordering.

Gift wrapping and packaging

All items are shipped in a gift box with no paperwork.

Please request gift wrapping in the notes at checkout.

Care instructions

When worn daily stones should be checked and cleaned at least once a year by a professional jeweler.

Photography

Images are taken using natural light and light box with no Photoshop editing.

Layaway Options

Layaway options are available on www.jewelconscious.com for items $300 and higher, please convoy to request it.
A 3 month layaway plan is offered and split into 3 payments with the first 1/3 as the initial deposit.
Due to numerous delays in layaway payments, this has been added. If a payment is missed, your layaway is no longer valid and the item will be relisted for sale while your deposit is forfeited.

Condition Rating

I rate the condition of my items on a scale of 1-10, 10 being in unworn condition. Any noticeable wear and modifications will be noted under condition.

Mission Statement

To use my knowledge and experience buying and managing for retail stores built up from the last 30 years. Re-using, re-purposing and upcycling is important to me to minimize our ecological footprint and to use humanely sourced gems and jewelry while supporting local businesses.

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How are items tested for authenticity

I use GIA standard equipment to test the alloys and gemstones.

Alloy Testing - I use acids, a GXL Next gold, platinum and silver tester and an earth magnet

Gem Testing - I use a GIA Duplex II refractometer, a Gem polariscope, a microscope and a gem loupe on a daily basis

Diamond Grading - A microscope, a diamond grading lamp and GemOro master stones

Pricing is based on GemGuide and Rappaport