metalliferous is a jewelry supply store located near Bryant Park in New York City. It’s a little hard to find, the outside being so nondescript and such, but it is indeed a gem in the rough.
The list of tenants inside the doors to the building, on the wall. The store is located on the second floor.
The place is as well-organized as it can be, considering, but it’s still a virtual rabbit’s warren of jewelry components, beads, findings, tools, chemicals, and raw materials.
Boxes upon boxes…shelves upon shelves…selving unit upon shelving unit…stuff crammed in any available space…you get the idea.
I had a flashback to that library opening sequence from Ghostbusters.
How do you find anything here? Well, you gotta look. I wouldn’t term the staff particularly pleasant, but they are certainly knowledgeable when asked. Is it possible to be unpleasant but helpful?
I wish I had had more time to truly browse, because even in my quick perusal I spotted many components that I had seen in other jewelry (selling on Etsy, in affordable small boutiques – even in Justin Giunta’s line Subversive!!), and my mind was beginning to get overcrowded with ideas both to DIY and original creations.
If you are in the New York area, I really hope you guys have a chance to go – it truly is a haven for those who like to make jewelry or craft pieces.
They also have an online store (and mail order available) if you are not able to make the trip to their brick-and-mortar location.
metalliferous, 34 W 46th St, New York, NY (212) 944-0909 map it
Definitely check it out if you have the chance!
OMG! This is craft HEAVEN! So lucky if you live there…sigh…:) Have fun! And get me a spider! LOL!
I'm officially jealous. We have NOTHING like this in our area…my mother and I had to put an entire craft project on hold after we bought everything but the beads, only to discover that no place around here actually sells beads like we wanted.
The online site is great if you run out of something and need more, but I'm the type of person who has to physically see and touch what I'm buying (other than for textbooks and DVDs, of course). Buying some shoes online last fall was a HUGE stretch for me!
Anyway, thanks for sharing! 🙂
Thanks for sharing! I will put this on my list for the trip I will someday take to NY!
WOW!!! This looks awesome, amazing, and perfect!! Thanks for the tip, I will DEFINITELY have to check this out!!
I love going to Metalliferous. I make sure to dedicate some time to go there when I am visiting family.
I love the little beetle charms! I have a hard enough time not buying everything on the jewelry isle at any craft store. I'd get into some serious trouble there haha. And seriously, 35cents for those little charms? Most places charge at least $3.99-$5.99 for stuff like that. That's pretty sweet…