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What You Should Know About Rhodium Plating

Posted on April 20, 2021 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (1825)

  I want to talk about Rhodium and how it is used to enhance your jewelry. Even though Rhodium is very commonly used in a wide variety of jewelry today, not many know what it is. Often times, rhodium plating is used on pieces to enhance the shine and durability of jewelry made from white metals such as white gold and silver. Also, it is used with diamond settings to enhance the brilliance of the diamond.



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Re-Sizing A Ring

Posted on March 6, 2021 at 7:40 PM Comments comments (211)

 If you wear a ring on a regular basis, then it is almost inevitable that sometime down the line, you will need to get a ring sized. Whether it’s a wedding/engagement ring or a family heirloom passed down that has found its way onto your finger, a proper fit for a ring is essential. Too loose and you are at risk of losing your ring. Too tight and at best it can be uncomfortable, at worst, you may need to have the ring removed because the tight ring cau...

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To Appraise or Not to Appraise

Posted on February 17, 2019 at 3:50 AM Comments comments (208)

Recently, a customer stopped to ask if we had an appraisal or a receipt including a detailed description of piece of custom jewelry that we had created for his wife several years ago. The reason being, the wife had left the ring in her purse and the purse was stolen from her car. We did have a receipt for the ring, but at the time of purchase, we recommended the customer get an appraisal on the piece which he said he would do at a later date.

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What's the Size of the Ring?

Posted on January 3, 2019 at 6:30 PM Comments comments (52)

  I would like to bring up a topic that has been coming up more and more lately. Let me first introduce myself. My name is Alex Shpigel, my parents opened House of Jewels in 1991 in San Diego and have been serving our customers ever since. I spend time at the store learning jewelry repair from my father and Master Jeweler, Leonid and how to interact with our clients like family from my mother, Sofia. 

  In the time I have ...

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Commonly Asked Questions

Posted on November 12, 2017 at 3:25 AM Comments comments (160)

 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...

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Generation Y Shoppers

Posted on January 21, 2013 at 3:25 AM Comments comments (3)

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...

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Posted on November 3, 2012 at 12:10 PM Comments comments (74)

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.

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Posted on August 10, 2012 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (127)


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. ...

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Posted on July 22, 2012 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (320)

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.

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Insuring your Jewelry

Posted on May 19, 2012 at 6:55 PM Comments comments (119)

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 thi...

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