|Posted on January 3, 2019 at 6:30 PM|
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 been here, I have noticed a changing trend. More people are choosing to go online to purchase a piece of jewelry for themselves or as a gift for others. One of the most common issue they run into purchasing a ring is ring size.
Ring size varies from person to person, finger to finger and hand to hand. So if you are to buy a ring that you want to wear or give to someone, you will need to get the finger size right. Many online retailers suggest going to your local jeweler to get your finger sized. While this is a service we provide, it is done as part of a purchase or custom work done by our master jeweler. This is a service provided by one of us which takes time, knowledge and the necessary tools.
Another regular occurrence I see are people coming in to ask us to evaluate a piece of jewelry. Because we do not purchase jewelry from the general public, we do not provide this as a complimentary service. Usually, they are either looking to see if they got a good deal somewhere else or what they should sell it for. An appraisal is something that takes time and knowledge. When a piece of jewelry is purchased from us, you are provided with a complimentary written appraisal.