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942 Pearl St, Boulder, CO | Directions 8030240.017207 -105.282831
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Central Boulder
A world class shop in a small town setting! – I love, love, love shopping at Classic Facets! I go to Boulder on business every few months and have been shopping at Classic Facets for over 10 years. The owner is a real sweet-heart with an amazing knowledge of antique jewelry and a great sense of humor. The shop always seems to have a new and different selection.
I'm an admitted antique jewelry addict, and I travel for work, so I've checked out stores all over the US and even in Europe, but I just keep coming back to Classic Facets. They have an amazing selection and always seem happy to see me. Even when my budget doesn't allow me to buy they will always let me play and browse. When I've ever wanted a very specific piece, they have gone out of their way to find it for me, sometimes calling out of the blue months later to tell me that they found it! The service and selection are the best I've found and I always feel like I'm visiting friends when I walk into their shop!
Best place to shop for jewelry – This place is one of a kind and has a lot of amazing jewelry. My boyfriend and I had been bouncing around the idea of getting - gulp - engaged. I really wasn't feeling the whole diamond engagement ring look but I really had no other idea what was out there for us.
Confession: It is not even a blood diamond thing. Truth be told, if I really loved the way diamond rings looked I would hire my own tribe of 7 year old kids to dig for a good one on my behalf. But diamond engagement rings don't do it for me. I barely ever notice if people have them on.
I start talking non-diamonds and antiques. So my boyfriend suggests Classic Facets. I'm not sure what to think. I had never been in and I had the impression from the window displays that it was full of old-lady broaches. Boy was I wrong. This place is full of beautiful, one-of-a-kind jewelry of all types.
Here's the other thing. These women are a riot. They are kooky and amusing and ridiculously helpful. I was honestly very nervous to be trying on engagement rings for the first time. I almost pucked a little in my mouth when we walked in the door. It is really exciting but also nerve-racking for the nontraditional, non-girly girl type. These women joined in our quest for a non-diamond and encouraged me to try on just about every ring in the store without smothering me to death. And I learned that you never really know whether you like a style until you see it on your finger.
Well, I found a ring. An amazingly beautiful ring. A one-of-a-kind, 1950s antique, can't stop staring at my hand, compliments from strangers in bars, turns out I DO love engagement rings, ring. I never ever would have known that this is what I love. I needed their guidance, their massive variety of rings, and their no pressure attitude to make it all happen (and an awesome boyfriend). So he went back later to buy the ring, got the band changed from yellow gold to white gold and proposed to me (hells yeah!). After he proposed, he told me that he had the BEST experience with them all of the way through the purchase process.
If you need any kind of jewelry or are thinking about getting engaged, I highly recommend Classic Facets. They have it all (including a wide selection of diamond rings). AND if they don't have it today, they may get it next week or next month. Forget about Kays and Tom Shay. Those places suck and these people know where it's at.
Art Deco – What makes this Special is the fact I have searched high and low for a engagement ring from the 1920's. It's what my Fiancee wanted ever since she was a little girl. The staff instructed me on what was authentic for that period. After looking at 100 rings I finally found the right one. They put it in the smallest ring box I have ever seen that was in the shape of a heart. I was leery at first but she said this is guaranteed to make her cry when she sees the box. Sure enough she sobbed so much it was hard to hear the word "YES".
Thanks Mikki for making all our dreams come true!
Awesome Selection, Great Staff – This place has the most incredible selection and everyone there is really nice. It seems that someone has a personal vendetta - I don't believe a word of the mean spirited review that was posted. Go there and see for yourself.
Great store! – I own a jewelry company in Sandy, Utah and I have known Mikki at Classic Facets for years through an industry organization. She is one of the most trusted individuals in our industry. I would recommend her store to anyone because of her high ethical standards and rare knowledge of antique and estate jewelry.
Royal Rip-Off – For years, Mikki Raney sold me jewelry that was not as described, at inflated prices that might possibly have been worth it if the jewelry had been what she claimed it to be, but which turned out to be a sickening waste of money. Among the things she sold me that turned out not to be what she described them as:
a pair of Victorian earrings, sold as 14K, which turned out to be gold-filled (that is, 5% gold over 95% base metal); the only part of the earrings that turned out to be in 14K were the replacement ear wire, which she did not identify as replacements, even though reputable dealers always mention flaws when describing a piece;
yellow sapphires, in earrings and a ring, that turned out to be lab-created (in other words, ersatz, phoney, fake) rather than genuine (which they were represented to be) and as such were worth perhaps 10% of what I paid for them;
earrings that were said to be Victorian but which turned out to be from Oaxaca, Mexico, and not even close to antique;
pins that had missing enamel or other damage, including replaced clasps (several pins she sold me had clasps which later broke off where they were soldered); as an amateur, I did not know what to look for then, but surely Mikki and her staff must have noticed the flaws--and then failed to report them;
a watch chain and slide represented as 10K and 18K respectively, which turned out to be gold filled (the watch chain) and a lower karat gold (the slide); Mikki used for some time an electronic tester that turned out to be wildly inaccurate, which she apparently never bothered to check for accuracy by using the more normal acid test to confirm its readings--and once she realized that this was the case, didn't bother to tell her customers about the inaccurate readings;
a butterfly brooch sold as Victorian or Edwardian that turned out not to be antique at all.
When I discovered all of this, I confronted Mikki, and her response left a lot to be desired: She asked me, "Well, what do you expect me to do about it?" Theresa justified Mikki's actions by telling me that Mikki had merely believed what she was told by people who sent her the jewelry; but as Mikki sells on consignment and thus has nothing invested in the jewelry she sells, she lost nothing by believing her consigners and simply passed the risk on to her customers. I suspect that if she had bought the jewelry, she would have been a bit more diligent about checking its authenticity. I guess I had expected some sort of attempt to make reparations. Clearly, I was wrong.
A number of years later, and after writing two books about antique jewelry, I now know how to shop for it. I have found that shopping online from reputable dealers, many of whom maintain web sites, or on eBay (where payment through PayPal provides protection against fraud) is far preferable to buying from stores that charge too much and do not stand behind their merchandise.
The bottom line: If you don't mind paying through the nose for something that might or might not be what Mikki and her staff say it is, then Classic Facets is for you. Otherwise, avoid it!!!!
My favorite store in Boulder – This store should be located in Manhattan with an inventory like this!!! Great jewelry and knowledgeable and helpful staff. Check this place out for sure.
Best Antique Jewelry store ever! – This is my favorite store in Boulder! Super selection of rare and wonderful antique pieces. The staff knows both history and gemology. Highly recommend this store.
Incredibly helpful and patient – I've only made one purchase here but went in probably 4 or 5 times before I put any money down. My fiancee and I were shopping for an engagement ring, modestly priced but with all the beauty an estate piece brings. My first trip in I was simply browsing, hoping that my dad would be able to locate my late mother's ring. Even though I made it clear I was "just looking" the woman working was incredibly helpful, and patient. She made a list of my favorites for me, just in case my mom's didn't turn up. After it became apparent my mother's wasn't going to surface my fiancee and I went in together. The sales woman immediately remembered me and what I was looking for. As we went through the selection together, the staff was incredibly helpful and knowledgeable about the materials, stones, cuts and design history of each piece. There were a few pieces we loved but wanted to mull it over before making any commitment so we left to look at a few more stores. After looking at several other stores we called to inquire about our favorite, and put it on hold. The best part? After purchasing the ring the shop owner had my fiancee get down on one knee to put the ring on my finger and told us she never tires of watching that expression of love.
I would (and have) recommend them to others. The only negatives were their limited store hours and the way they discouraged us from looking into stones other than diamonds. I understand that as far as longevity the diamond is the hardest but several other stones are very durable for daily wear.
My favorite store – I want to chime in with the other positive reviews. My husband and I used to live in Boulder and are only occasional customers when we visit Boulder. Mikki and Theresa would never sniff at a small purchase. Depending on where we were in our arc of children, college bills, jobs, etc. we have made very small (under $100), up to a few thousand dollar purchases. Each time we were treated with courtesy, given plenty of time to make our purchase, and our likes or dislikes respected. They are extremely knowlegable and stand behind what they sell. I would not consider needing to get veracity for gems because they have certified gemologists there! As an example of their excellent service, I once mentioned a charm my grandmother lost when I was small. Months later Theresa called me long distance to mention that they had one that may be like the one my grandmother lost. She held it for me until we visited the next summer. I've also mailed my antique jewelry to them for repair without any qualms and they do an expert job at reasonable prices. I would not trust anyone else with an irreplacable treasure.
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