Beadazzled at Dupont Circle has lots of beads, some small cheap
tools and some silver wire and findings. They are a bit pricey so
I tend not to buy too much there. I know it's not instant
gratification but for silver and tools metalliferous in NYC is
great. Also since they're on the east coast it doesn't take nearly
as long to get packages shipped via ground.
Thanks for the good advice...here's an interesting excerpt that I
got off line with the same advice. Looks like a road trip is in my
"...However, you ought to just use this as an excuse for
frequent trips to the NYC diamond district. Check out
Metalliferous, for starters. Horrible web site, great store.
Never managed to leave without a new tool or something, often
used stuff at pennies on the dollar. Right across the hall
from them is Robert Bentley Gems; he has really nice designer
cuts at not-too-outrageous prices. Then spend the rest of the
day on 46th and 47th streets prowling the other supply houses.
Take a lunch break and walk up 5th avenue a couple blocks to
the main Cartier store and drool over their showcases -- they
are used to it, just try not to drip on the glass...! Last
time I was there, they had a fabulous display of
museum-quality canary diamonds.
Philly has a couple places too, on Sansome Street, but not to
compare with New York."