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Mon-Fri, 8:30am-6pm; Sat-Sun, closed
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B, D, F, M at 47th-50th Sts.-Rockefeller Center
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With its fluorescent lights and chipped linoleum, this jewelry and metal-supply store feels more like a workshop than a retail space. In fact, very few complete necklaces or earrings are for sale, but everything you could possibly need to create your own is in stock—aluminum, silver chains, beads, pendants, pliers, and 30-plus types of hammers. Open since 1993, Metalliferous has made a name for itself by supplying low-cost materials to jewelers such as Alexis Bittar, M+J Savitt, and Subversive. Customers—mostly jewelers, and a few metalworkers and machinists—can shop for books and tools in the front of the store or maneuver around the counter for rows and rows of wire spools, Swarovski crystal chains, and random vintage finds at great prices. A chain of the exact same material used in the seven-inch Venetian box-chain bracelet in sterling silver by Tiffany and Co., for instance, sells by the foot at Metalliferous for about a third of Tiffany’s retail value. In a separate space on the same floor, Metalliferous also runs Beadilliferous—three rooms of glass beads, semiprecious stones, coral, and bone, with some one-of-a-kind finds.