Adorn your extremities and bedeck your neck with precious metals and subtle stones. With today's deal, $25 gets you $40 worth of artisanal jewelry and accessories from Tis Tik, the charming little shop tucked away in Harvard Square. Tistik means "a warm welcome to you" in Mayan, and the store does its best to live up to the name, including closing on December 21, 2012, for the end of the Mayan calendar and, subsequently, the universe. Step into the charming white and teal shop and discover dozens of little handmade treasures that make thoughtful holiday gifts or very belated afterthought Valentine’s Day gifts (if you're even reading this, Martin.)
All of the jewelry in Tis Tik is made by artisans from developing countries who craft beautiful, wearable art from blown glass, metalwork, wood beads, stone, gold filigree, and even seeds. Jewelry at Tis Tik range in price from $56 for sterling silver and natural stone necklace and earring sets to just $12 for glass and silver plate rings. Tis Tik also carries an array of accessories such as handcrafted handbags made from reclaimed candy wrappers. Take a look at a few examples of the sparkling wares currently in stock.
Tis Tik is located in Cambridge in the heart of Harvard Square and is open seven days a week for last-minute gift shopping or leisurely browsing.
Yelpers love the artisanal jewelry at Tis Tik:
- What a gem of a store to make it's [sic] way to Harvard Square...I could not resist buying a silver ball ring, it is so shiny and new. – Melissa M.
- In an unexpected turn of events, I was drawn to the rings by Maria Teresa Gonzalez. UH-MAZING. They're these sculptural creations made using various metals. – Sarah L.
- I would definitely recommend it for an expensive gift or for a cute pick me up when you've have a rough day. – Colleen Y.
From Jewelry to Tool-ery
Now that you have your pick of any number of handmade art and jewelry pieces from Tis Tik, all those precious stones you’ve got lying around your house might seem a lot less precious. Don’t worry, much of your old, useless jewelry can be repurposed for any number of household uses. Did you know the following?
- Diamonds might be a girl’s best friend, but this ultra-dense mineral can also be used to tip a masonry drill bit or to buy your freedom from a Flemish gulag.
- Sapphires, also known as blue rubies or bloobies, can be used to decorate species besides human beings. Try using them as sparkling blue eyes in your next taxidermy project.
- Rubies, also known as red bloobies, can be affixed to old pairs of slippers in order to create hackneyed plot devices when clicked together. Warning: May attract scarecrows.
- Emeralds can be converted into cash money today! Bring the emeralds cluttering up your house to Donny Y., The Emerald Guy, just off Route 39 by the abandoned children’s music academy! We’ll take your cold, hard, green emeralds and turn them into cold, hard green cash, guaranteed or my name isn’t Donny Y! Just tell them Donny Y. sent you! And remember, do not park at Steak Hut, they will tow. Donny Y. says stop on by—today!
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