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Here at the House of Jewels, we get several phone calls daily from people asking about a wide variety of services we offer. Some may seem straight forward, but if you allow me to go over the most common ones, they will help you better understand your jewelry.
How much will it be to replace a watch battery?
Because not all watches are created equal, some will require more attention than simply; Open, Replace and Close.
1. What is the watch made of?
2. Is it water resistant? If so then it will need to be resealed in order not to
lose that function?
3. Does it have more than one battery?
4. Does it have a gasket? Is it still good?
Each of our batteries comes with a 1 year warranty from date of installation.
How much to size a ring?
1. Do you want it sized up or down?
2. How many sizes up or down?
3. Has it been sized before?
4. Is it a wedding band?
5. What is it made of? (14k or 18k gold, platinum, tungsten, sterling silver)
6. Is it flat or comfort fit?
7. Are there stones set into the band? If so what type of stones and can it be
sized without removing the stones?
8. Is the band damaged?
Can you repair my necklace?
Different types of necklaces require different care and time to repair so that the repair is not visible and likes like it did when it was new.
1. What type of necklace?
2. Where is the damage?
3. What type of metal is it? (14k or 18k gold, platinum, tungsten, sterling silver)
Some of these are easy enough to answer over the phone, but some are much easier to do in person and will also allow the master jeweler to take a look. If you have any questions about your jewelry, please stop on by and say hi and we will be happy to answer these questions. That way, whether it’s that new wedding ring or a family heirloom, you will get to know the people who you might want to entrust with some of your most important treasures.
We look forward to seeing you and being of service.
|Posted on January 21, 2013 at 3:25 AM||comments (0)|
Generation Y are staring to hit their mid-30 and beginningto make the purchases of successful business men/women and entrepreneurs. Forthis reason many companies are spending a lot of money to research and targetthis large and growing population of consumers.
So first lets define what Generation Y is as those bornbetween 1978 and 2000.
JCK, one of the largest Jewelers in the US asked Dr. KitYarrow, a San Francisco psychology professor and author of Gen BuY: How Tweens, Teens, and Twenty-Something Are RevolutionizingRetail.
“It was of not surprise that technology has a largeinfluence on the shopping patterns of this group. They have shorter attentionspan and great belief in innovation.” They want everything up to date thenewest model. They will search Facebookor Yelp for reviews on a place and weigh the reviews to consider if they willuse the product or service.
“Status for this generation isn’t about money its aboutattention.” This generation has grown up with such prosperity, always given a lotthat their expectations are higher than the last generation. “What they arelooking for is something that sets them apart. It could be a unique item orunique experience. This generation cares a lot about social issues. They arethinking about the environment and recycling. Today “used” jewelry is becomingmore fashionable because no new product was needed to be taken out of theearth. This generation thinks outside the box and don’t stick to norms andenjoy feeling like they belong to a community or group.
At The House of Jewels, we can take your old jewelry torecycle the material for something new and unique. Your piece will be a one ofa kind that you can ask us to make or we can create together. At House ofJewels in Pacific Beach, San Diego you are not only a customer but you will bepart of the family. On Saturdays, the store turns into a “social club” whereclients come in to bring their dogs for Len to play with, talk to Sofia, drinksome coffee and schmooze.
We invite you to come enjoy the Experience.
|Posted on November 3, 2012 at 12:10 PM||comments (1)|
With the holidays coming up, this is a busy time of the year to find just the right gift for a very special loved one. If you are thinking jewelry then you have many options. Yes, you can go online and pick something out without ever having actually looked at it, hold it in your hands and hope to get a “good deal”. What about the quality and the convenience of asking about the item and getting a quick and clear answer.
What about stopping by The House of Jewels and take a look at our large selection of silver and gold jewelry. If you are a man, like me, you probably don’t have any idea what piece would go with her skin color, favorite clothes, other jewelry and yes women try to accessorize with their shoes. Sofia will give you the 3rd degree about the person you are buying for and will pick just the right piece. I have been in the store more times than I can count to hear a customer ask in amazement how Sofia knew what the perfect piece was. Also remember, if we don’thave it or if you have something very specific in mind then it is very likely that Lenard can make it. Just remember, a custom piece can take anywhere from1-3 weeks to make from start to finish.
If you are not sure, then a gift certificate might be the way to go. That way, she knows you didn’t forget but you don’t have to sit and give your opinion of every piece which, like shoes, all tend to look the same after the 5th or 6th pair.
Pendants have become one of the favorite accessories for women.They come in a wide variety of styles ranging from single stones, multiple/cluster color stones, ornate designs, zodiac or something sentimental. If you plan on doing this, you will need to make sure that the chain is fitting for the pendant. First you must make sure the chain is strong enough so it doesn’t break. Second, you need to know what she will be wearing it with so that the length is correct. We can add a couple adjustable loops to a chain so the piece can be worn with different outfits.
So when you come in, please have a few pictures handy (oh come on, you better have a picture since cameras are in every phone) with different outfits so we can pick out something perfect for her. If you find the right piece of jewelry, you can put it on lay away so it will be ready for the holidays.
So don’t wait till the last minute, come on in and let us help you pick that perfect gift she or he will remember for a long time.
Happy Holiday Shopping,
From all of us at The House of Jewels
|Posted on August 10, 2012 at 2:40 PM||comments (0)|
Garnet is January's traditional birth stone as well as thegem used for 2nd and 18th wedding anniversaries.
Garnets are gemstones that are very closely related and comein a rainbow of colors. The most popular color is dark red and that is whatmost people think of when they picture a garnet. Garnets come in oranges, reds,greens and pinks so they can be used for almost any occasion and any style.There are even some that have a color-change phenomena, translucent green whichresemble jade and some with stars in them.
The garnet has been used by man for thousands of years. Theyhave been found in Egyptian, Roman and Greek jewelry. It is said that Noah useda garnet lantern to help him steer his ark through the dark night.
Because of the large variety of stone, garnets come from allover the world including many mines right here in the US.
compiled from Stuller Jewelers and other sources.
The Amethyst is the modern accepted birthstone for February.It is also the stone for the 4th, 6th and 17th wedding anniversaries. It is inthe member of the quartz family and gets its name from the Greek word forsober.
The legend of the stone name comes from the story ofBacchus, the God of wine, grew angry at mortals. He vowed to kill the next onehe saw. At the time, a young maiden named Amethyst was traveling to worship theGoddess Diana. Knowing of Bacchus’s plan, Diana turned Amethyst into colorlessquartz to protect her. Knowing what he was about to do and repenting, Bacchuspoured wine over Amethyst, staining her purple.
Amethyst comes in a wide range of transparent light to darkpurple. The darker, color stones are more valuable. The dark rich royal colorshave been treasured by nobility for centuries going back to the Minoan periodin Greece (2500 B.C.).
The 2 main sourcesare Brazil and Zambia although some come from Uruguay, Russia, Sri Lanka,Mexico and the US.
The Amethyst serves as a symbol of royalty, thought toprevent intoxication or being poisoned, protects from the plague and evilspells and protects the wearer from treason and deceit.
The traditional birthstone for March is the Aquamarine butit is also the birthstone for the Zodiac sign of Scorpio. It is also thesuggested stone for the 16th and the 19th wedding anniversaries. Bloodstone is thegem many associate with the astrological sign of Aries making bloodstone analternative to Aquamarine often more popular with men due to its variety ofcolors.
Aquamarine is named after the Latin work for seawater. It ispart of beryl family, which also includes emeralds. It is known for its largevariety of bright blue, blue-green deep blue sea like tones and shades to almostcolorless pale blue. They are often heat treated to change the color and/orclarity of the stone.
Legend has it that the aquamarine can endow the wearer withforesight, courage and happiness. It is said to increase intelligence and makeone youthful. It is also thought to have the healing properties to treatanxiety. Most aquamarines come from Brazil, Kenya, Nigeria, Madagascar,Tanzania, and Russia among others.
The alternative stone for March is the Bloodstone. Thismember of the chalcedony family is a dark green opaque quartz with red spots.The legendary belief is that the red coloration was from the blood of Christspilling onto green jasper during the crucifixion gaining it the alternativename as “martyr’s stone”. It is mainly mined in India, Brazil, Uruguay,Australia and the United States.
Legendary it is thought to increase vitality, stamina andendurance. The Native Americans believed chalcedony was a sacred stone and usedin the spiritual ceremonies of the tribe.
The birthstone for April is the Diamond. This is also thetraditional stone for the tenth and sixteenth wedding anniversary.
Most diamonds come from sources in Australia, Botswana,South Africa and the Soviet Republic. The diamond is a super dense form ofcarbon and the most valued of all the gemstones. To many people today, diamondssymbolize purity, faith, love, commitment and yet to others success, power andsecurity.
There are a few major diamond collections around the worldwith a lot of historical background. USA has the famous Hope diamond which is45.52ct. dark blue oval brilliant cut. The Winston is a 31ct. bright blue heartshaped Eugenie. Both are held in a collection at the Smithsonian.
Great Britain has the world's two largest cut diamonds: TheGreat Star of Africa (530.20ct.) and the Cullinan II (317.40ct). The Russian'sczars have added a few world famous diamonds such as the Orloff and the Shah.
Nobility throughout the ages has owned diamonds, but it wasnot until the twentieth century that a large segment of the American publicwere able to afford them as well.
When looking for a diamond, there are a few things that youwill need to consider.
Carat Weight: Carat (ct.) is the standard measure of adiamond’s size. The size alone is meaningless unless you consider the cut,clarity and color.
Clarity: When considering clarity, the fewer the inclusions,the clearer and more brilliant the diamond. A true flawless diamond is veryrare. The grades range from FL (flawless)-I 3 (imperfect eye-visibleinclusions)
Color: The more colorless the diamond, the greater itsclarity and value. Just like it’s rare to find a true "flawless"diamond, it’s also rare to find a true colorless one. The majority contain veryslight traces of yellow or grown. The more colorless, the higher the value ofthe stone. The grade for color ranges from D (colorless)-Z (light yellow/brown)
Style: A diamond's shape largely determines its style. Thereare six traditional variations: Round Brilliant-Cut, Marquise, Emerald-cut,Pear-shaped, Oval and Heart-shaped.
The emerald is May's birthstone and also the traditionalstone for a twentieth wedding anniversary.
The first known emerald mines were in southern Egypt andwere from before 1000 BC making it one of the stones with the longest history.For the ancient Egyptians, the green color stood for fertility and rebirth andeternal youth. In many parts of the world, emeralds were used to treat eyediseases and gem engravers looked at them when their eyes got tired. Otherbelieved that they can help you tell the future, strengthen memory and helpavoid evil. .
The emerald is typically heavily flawed with cracks andinclusions of fluid and minerals. These are called "jardin" or gardenas they resemble leaves and branches. These are considered part of thecharacter of the stone.
The Alexandrite is the birth stone for the month of June andone of the popular choices for fifty-fifth wedding anniversary.
The Alexandrite is the color change variety of chrysoberyl.When it is illuminated by natural sunlight and most fluorescent light, whichcontain a large number of green and blue rays, its color is green. Undercandlelight and incandescent light, which contain more red, the stone willappear redder. Good alexandrite is a rich purple-red in incandescent lightingand a rich bluish green with daylight.
It is a modern gem that was discovered around 1830 in theUral Mountains of Russia on Czar Alexander II's birthday, the stone was namedafter him. The stone is still looked upon as a stone of good omen in thatcountry. Most of the important mines have been in Russia and Sri Lanka butrecently mines have been found in Brazil and Tanzania.
Being the rarest of birthstones, clarity that would not beaccepted for other gemstones is acceptable for alexandrite. It is considered oneof the world's most valuable gemstones. The most rare and valuable variety isthe Cat's Eye alexandrite.
The Ruby is the birthstone for July and the traditionalstone for the fortieth wedding anniversary. It is the most prized of the red gemstone. The medium to dark red topurplish red variety of corundum are Ruby's, all the other colors areconsidered sapphire.
Throughout history, the ruby has been the king of gems. InSanskrit, ruby was called ratnaraj which means "king of gems".Wearing ruby was thought to bring health, wealth, wisdom, and success in love.Some even believed ruby had magical abilities to protect one from evil andharm.
Burma and Sri Lankaare the oldest ruby sources. Today, Thailand is the main source of rubies andsome coming from Afghanistan, India, Kenya, Pakistan, Tanzania and Cambodia.
Today, most jewelry size rubies are up to 5 carats. Largehigh quality rubies are among the rarest of gems.
When looking for a ruby, the color can range from orangeyred to violet red and different colors can be found in the same stone. Thecolor is also accompanied by marked fluorescence that is stimulated by light.If the color is too pale, it may be considered a pink sapphire instead of ruby;if the color is more violet than red it is considered a violet sapphire.
The Birthstone for August and the gemstone for the 16thanniversary is the Peridot. This gemstone may be found where there has been volcanicactivity or from meteorites so you can say that it can come from the heavens orup from the earth. Ironically it is very near the color of Kryptonite (justwithout the glowing part) ranging from light green to dark olive green.
Throughout history, this gem has brought health and luck toits wearers. It is thought that the peridot can remove feelings of envy, helpdreams come true and give its wearers strength. It is also thought to reducedepression, ease anger, suppress jealousy and increase happiness. It brings iswearers success, peace and good luck.
The Peridot has been worn for thousands of years, used bythe Egyptians as far back as 1500 BC. The French named this stone peridotcoming from the Arabic word faridot which means “gem”.
Today the major sources of peridot come from China,Australia, Brazil, Myanmar, Kenya, Mexico, Sri Lanka and the US.
This stone can be worn regularly but should NOT beultrasonically cleaned or steam/heat-treated.
From Stuller, Inc.
The sapphire is the birthstone for September and the traditionalgem to celebrate the fifth and forty-fifth wedding anniversaries. Because ofthe many different colors of this stone, in Roman times the sapphire meantlapis lazuli, the green sapphires were called emeralds, the blue sapphires werehyacinths and the purple sapphires were called amethysts. Sapphires come fromall around the world including India, Australia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Burma,Columbia, Kenya and the United States.
This stone can be almost any color except red (which is aruby). Blue is the most common and white is occasionally used as a diamondsubstitute. Sapphires can be bi- or partial- colored and show color change.
In the middle ages, people believed wearing a sapphire wouldsuppress negative thoughts, banish evil spirits and a tool for self-improvementand wisdom to help reveal ones “mission” in life. It symbolizes truth,sincerity and faithfulness and used to be the choice for engagement rings likePrince Charles gave to Princess Diana. It was also believed that the sapphire had a curing power for naturalailments. Being the color blue, it indicates wisdom and generous thinking.
History and world resources from Stuller Inc.
The month of October has two birthstones associated with it.
The Opal is the traditional gemstone for the fourteenth andeighteenth wedding anniversaries. It is thought to benefit eyesight, banishesevil spirits and favors children.
Opal gets its name from the Sanskrit word upala, which means“precious stone”. It is the symbol of magic, love, hope, happiness, innocenceand purity. These gems were thought to have magic powers because of their playof many colors.
Ancient eastern cultures regarded opal as sacred andrepresent the spirit of truth. Early Arabs thought they fell from the heavensin flashes of lightning that gave them their color. The ancient Greeks thoughtthey would give them foresight, prophesy and kept away disease. Shakespearecalled it “the queen of gems”.
Opals are found in many regions of which Australia is themost important. Others include Mexico, Brazil and the United States.
The Tourmaline is the gemstone for the eighth weddinganniversary. This stone comes in more colors and color combinations than anyother gemstone variety. It was believed to protect the wearer from making baddecisions, dangers, misfortune and to attract friends and lovers. It wasthought to promote good health, build friendships, create harmony and developsocial popularity.
The word tourmaline comes from the Sinhalese word turmali,which means “mixed”. This fits the possibility of tourmaline’s appearance whichappears in every color of the rainbow and often combining two or three colors.This stone was probably used throughout the ancient world but mistaken forother stones. Many of the Russian Crown jewels once thought to be rubies areactually tourmalines. This stone has a very unique quality that no other stonehas. When heated, it becomes a polarized crystalline magnet and can attractlight objects.
Sources of tourmaline include Brazil, Tanzania, Kenya,Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, Afghanistan, Pakistan and the United States.
Information from Stuller Inc.
The Citrine and Topaz have both been used as the traditionalbirthstone for November.
Citrine is the traditional stone for the thirteenth weddinganniversary. The citrine is yellow to orange transparent variety. This stone isoften associated as a symbol of hope, youth, health and fidelity. Its color isassociated with light heartedness and cheerfulness.
Citron comes from the French word meaning lemon. Typically,however, citrines are not lemon yellow but are orangey or golden yellow. Mostcitrines today are heat treated amethysts and natural citrine is rare. Citrineis often confused with topaz, citrine topaz and topaz quartz due to similarcolors. The primary sources are Brazil, United States, Spain and the SovietUnion.
The Topaz is the stone for the twenty-third weddinganniversary.
Topaz comes from the name Topazios which was an island nowcalled Zabargad in the Red Sea. It is from the Greek word for "toseek" as the island was often covered by fog and difficult to find.
The topaz is the symbol of love and affection. To theEgyptians, the yellow of the topaz symbolized Ra, the sun god. To the Greeks,it conferred strength. It has been used to ward off spells and sadness. Much ofthe world's topaz comes from Brazil, Nigeria, Australia, Myanmar, Mexico, SriLanka, Soviet Union and the United States.
The Turquoise is one of the oldest stones to be used forjewelry dating back as far as 3000 B.C. in Egyptian jewelry. Most Americansassociate this stone with Native American jewelry and was used in the Americasas far back as 700 B.C. The Natives considered it a symbol of wealth and goodfortune. The Turquoise was originally brought to Europe by way of Turkey, whichis how it received its modern name. The Turquoise is thought to bring spoils tothe warrior, animals to the hunter and happiness and good fortune to all.
The 2nd stone of December is the Zircon. Zircons have beenused as talismans as far back as the sixth century. Some heat treated zirconsare mistaken for diamonds and due to the qualities of the stone, sometimes rosecut zircons are hard to distinguish from diamonds. The stone is found in SriLanka, Thailand, Cambodia and Africa. The zircon was thought to protect itswearers from plague, promote honor and wisdom, heals wounds and injuries, andexpels evil spirits.
The 3rd stone is the Tanzanite. This stone is used for 24thwedding anniversary. The Tanzanite was discovered in 1962 in Tanzania reachingthe US in 1970. This is a very rare stone so far only found in Tanzania. Thisstone is thought to help people deal with change, uplift the spirit and openthe heart. It is associated with generosity and friendship.
The information above was compiled from JCK and StullerJewelers.
|Posted on July 22, 2012 at 2:30 PM||comments (0)|
June 19, 2012 is our 21st birthday..we are officially legal! On June 19th 1991, House of Jewels opened their doors and we have been growing with the wonderful Pacific Beach community ever since. Much has happened in our 21 years of service here in San Diego both good and bad. We have seen Pacific Beach grow, San Diego fires and even Chargers making it to the Super Bowl in 1994.
During this time, much has changed in our family’s life as well. Aside from all of us being older and wiser of course. Sofia has ended her professor career retiring from both USIU and USD. She still takes a small group of private piano students but on a part time basis. Leonid lost his little dog “Jack” and finally got another dog “Moe” whose picture you can see in his workshop. Of course when he comes home from a trip, his first question to Alex (his son) is “how is Moe”? Alex finished his Masters of Traditional Chinese Medicine and opened his practice in Mission Valley after moving cross country to NYC and then back home.
We would like to thank you all for being a part of our business and our family and we are looking for many more years of service and growth with the San Diego community.
House Of Jewels family
Leonid, Sofia and Alex Shpigel.
|Posted on May 19, 2012 at 6:55 PM||comments (0)|
We all insure our cars with auto insurance and our houses or apartments home owners insurance but what about your jewelry? Many people think that a homeowner’s insurance policy will cover your watches or jewelry. You will need to talk to your adjustor about what the policy will cover; many will only pay up to a certain amount. For this reason, you will need to get your pieces appraised and have them itemized on your insurance policy. To do this, take the pieces that you would like to be appraised to your jeweler who will have them professionally appraised.
A professional appraisal, which is done be a certified gemologist, includes pictures of the jewelry as well as a very detailed description of it. In this document you will find a description of every stone (if there are any) including the color, size and quality, the weight of the metal and replacement value. When you receive the document, make sure to make a copy for yourself and the original goes to your insurance adjustor. Also one copy stays with the jeweler in case it is needed. This will insure that your jewelry and watches are covered in case they are lost, stolen or damaged.
If you may have any questions, we are at your service.
|Posted on February 11, 2012 at 5:35 PM||comments (0)|
You are preparing for an event this weekend and your favorite pair of earrings or necklace breaks. You need to have it fixed as soon as possible so you go to your local jewelry store and ask to get it repaired. You are told that it will be ready early next week at the earliest. So a question comes to mind. Why is it going to take so long to do a simple repair?
When you bring your jewelry to a store, it is not always a given that the store has a jeweler on premises to fix your jewelry. Some stores send your pieces out to other stores or jeweler’s around town to do the repair. This compromises the safety of your piece because although you may know the store, you don’t know the jeweler. Also, this means it will take longer to get your favorite piece of jewelry back, and if it is not done correctly then it has to be sent back which means more time in other words you will not be show off your favorite piece this weekend.
When looking for a jeweler or jewelry store, it is beneficial to find one with a jeweler on premises or even better when the jeweler owns the store. This way you know that your jewelry will not leave the store, you can discuss your repairs with him/her directly; your work will be done quicker and if there needs to be changes in most cases it can be done that same day or while you wait.
So this is where we come in. At the House of Jewels, master jeweler Leonid Shpigel will personally take care of your repairs with the same care as he does with his own wife’s jewelry. Simple repairs can be done while you are having a cup of coffee next door or shop at your favorite local stores. Your piece will never leave the store and if there needs to be any changes, it will be done while you wait so you wont be without your piece for that special evening.
|Posted on January 14, 2012 at 7:35 PM||comments (0)|
For many of us, our jewelry is valuable both monetary and sentimental. For this reason, you should find a jeweler you feel comfortable with to keep your jewelry healthy and in top shape.
Regular examination of your jewelry and prongs of your rings will not prevent them from wear or damage, but it just might save you from losing your stones. When you have just purchased a ring, having it checked every six months is probably sufficient. However, if you know that you will constantly be wearing your jewelry and your activities include working in the garden, housework, exercise or a job that requires constant hand use, then greater frequency is recommended. With regular checks, your jeweler can detect a prong that is wearing thin or bent that may lead to a loose or lost stone. They will be able to advice you of how you can fix or restore the ring.
Keep in mind, sometimes soap, dirt or lotion may actually be keeping your stones in place. For this reason, a cleaning is recommended before the jeweler checks your prongs to see the “true” condition of your ring.
Platinum is a softer metal then gold, for this reason it is recommended to have your platinum jewelry checked more frequently than gold.
|Posted on December 3, 2011 at 5:45 PM||comments (0)|
There are several varieties of diamonds. Colored diamonds of gem quality are called Fancies which means they are elegant, ornate, deluxe and distinctive. These diamonds range from reds, through oranges, yellows, greens, blues, violets, browns and even black-any color but white. Yellows are the most common with ones which have a lively vivid yellow color being the most valuable; these are called “Canaries”.
These diamonds are quite popular due to their exceptional brilliance. With all else being equal (cut, clarity and size) a rare color is the most important attribute of a fancy diamond.
Due to a large demand for fancy diamond, techniques have been developed to enhance or change the color of many diamonds. If you are buying a stone for investment, the color should be natural.
|Posted on October 29, 2011 at 5:30 PM||comments (0)|
Many pieces of jewelry that are not being used are repairable (even the small/fine chains). When we see them, we can tell you whether it is worthwhile to restore that damaged piece.
Old pieces can be restored to look like new. Sometimes minor repairs and cleaning is all that is needed to make a piece sparkle like new again. Sizing a ring can be done rather quickly and if your ring size has changed and you no longer wear that favorite piece, you can again.
Others can be transferred to new designs. The master jeweler can redo a piece that you dislike or would like to modify. Do you have an old piece you never wear? A stone passed down to you in a piece of jewelry that you do not wear but like the stone? We can work together to design a piece you will love and enjoy wearing. If there is something that you will not wear, they may be traded in for new items.
Don’t let jewelry just sit in a box unworn. Jewelry is to be worn and enjoyed. Often, very simple repairs, cleaning or changes can make a piece look like new and will compel you to wear it.