JewelConscious

Jewelry You Can Wear With a Clear Conscience

Niantic, Connecticut
1,013 Sales | 5 out of 5 stars

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This shop got multiple 5-star reviews in the past 7 days.

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Last updated on Jul 9, 2021

Follow JewelConscious on Instagram for new items and updates.
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Shipping Updates- shipping is still taking longer then expected so please take that into consideration if you have a special date in mind. Shipping upgrades are available so please convoy. International shipping is through UPS.

Items

1013 Sales
 
Dimitria K.

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Dimitria K.

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About JewelConscious

Sales 1,013
On Etsy since 2013

DIY Freak, Jeweler , Appraiser & Designer

Born and raised in Long Beach, NY, I started from a humble beginning. My parents immigrated from Greece with hopes and dreams of a better life.

I started working at a young age and was taken under the wing of Barry Weber, one of the PBS Antiques Road Show experts for antique jewelry. He influenced me and the course of my life. I always thought I would be a dentist (they use the same tools as a jeweler by the way) but here I am, 30 years later, still in the jewelry business.

Graduating from Queens College with an Art History major in 1997, my husband and I decided to move to San Francisco in 1998. I thought I would focus on art but ended up working at a custom mom and pop jewelry store on Union St. called David Clay Jewelers, who was another extraordinary influence in my life.

Although I loved sharing the milestones and celebrations in my customers lives such as their weddings, babies and anniversaries, I constantly felt like I was compromising my morals. One of the challenges I struggled to overcome was the ethical issues in the jewelry industry selling "blood" diamonds, dirty gold, the conflicts in Burma and so on. I was constantly researching how to educate myself and my customers and find diamond sources that were ethical and sustainable. That was when the Canadian mines were discovered and we were able to offer that as an option to our customers.

After leaving David Clay Jewelers, I went on to be the buyer of Shreve & Co. , the oldest jewelry store in San Francisco. The internet was becoming prevalent at this time for research and shopping. I decided at that point that I was going to consult and buy for businesses two of which were Lang Antiques & Gumps of San Francisco. At the same time, also met with the owners of a small start up company called Brilliant Earth.

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 trouble shoot 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 an when I do not, it is always sourced using Ethical Sourcing and Fair Trade Practices.

Now, over 30 years later, I love what I do and am much happier with myself for making this move in my career.

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 pieces are repaired using laser work 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 re-use or recycle, gardening, volunteering at High Hopes Therapeutic Riding or spending time with my family. I re-use and re-cycle everything and anything I possibly can.

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


Warmly,

Dimitria Koumarnetos

Shop members

  • Dimitria Koumarnetos

    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

Shop policies

More information

Last updated on Feb 16, 2021
Frequently asked questions
Sizing details

Sizing takes 7 business days. First full size up or down is included with your purchase of rings over $300. Please request your size in the notes at checkout and if it is a layaway item please note the size on your last payment.

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 minimal photoshop editing.

Layaway Options

Layaway options are available on www.jewelconscious.com for items $200 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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Feedback

Your review helps my small business grow and let's me know how I'm doing. Thank you for taking the time.

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