Calla Gold Jewelry – Your Personal Jeweler in Santa Barbara

what-is-a-personal-jewelerCalla Gold is your Personal Jeweler – visiting you by appointment, or via the internet for distance clients, who takes pride in working with clients one-on-one to integrate their personal sense of style and taste into custom designed jewelry and repaired jewelry pieces.

Custom Jewelry Design

Satin Finish Calla Gold Jewelry, Tanzanite and Diamond Enhancer Pendant with Satin Finish

Unique custom jewelry designed by Calla Gold. From engagement and wedding rings to unique gemstone creations, Calla will help find your taste, design details and turn your visions into reality.

“Calla Gold is the best! She has been designing jewelry for me for over a decade. Not only is she talented and trustworthy, she is a joyful person to be around!”

– Charla, happy customer

Jewelry Repair

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We expertly transform your broken or un-wearable jewelry back into pieces you can enjoy wearing.

Some of the problems we solve are finding the right clasp, soldering that little chain, restringing your pearls, sizing your rings up and down, even if there are challenging aspects like enamel, engraving or oxidized details. We’ll re-plate that dowdy pin and make it sing, if rings are spinning we are your go-to jeweler.

We won’t even give your grief about wearing your wedding ring while gardening. We’ll fix it and let you decide whether hardscapes and diamonds mix. We think if you can break it we can fix it.

“Calla has repaired, made and enhanced many of my rings extremely well. I love her!”

– Dee W.

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Engagement Ring Design

Unique shapes in engagement ring by Calla Gold Jewelry

What’s in an engagement ring? It’s a symbol of your commitment to love and cherish your partner for life. It’s going to be worn every day, so what it says should be special. The gems you choose, matter, the details like width, taper, height and decorative flavor matter.

A daily wear ring needs to be strong while looking delicate. When you choose a custom design, you choose to make it special. You choose to make it last.

Our specialty is bridal jewelry, making custom engagement rings that express your love is our joy.

“Calla Gold is my personal jeweler and a friend for life. She really understands her clients…I love my ring more and more every day!”

– Lorrie Thomas

Wedding Ring Design

A Custom wedding ring or rings to surround your engagement ring offers an opportunity to be unique in your expression of love. When you want something different in your wedding set, knowing you can get a wedding ring to accommodate a unique shaped engagement ring opens up your options.

“The custom wedding rings make my set so amazing looking. I get so many compliments on my ring. Calla suggested two colors of gold and I’m just staring at my ring all the time!”

– L

Wedding Bands

You can get creative with a wedding band easily. Incorporating engraving, symbols, carved in designs or darkened finishes.

“I wanted a ring that had a visual relationship with my wife’s. Calla took an element from the hand engraving on her engagement ring, expanded it and used it on my band. Oh yeah, I wanted some black too.”

 – J Villegas

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Antique Jewelry Restoration

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Many people have inherited and sentimental jewelry that they’d like to wear or gift to a member of the family. Some older pieces are candidates for restoration and some are so thin that we either need to replicate them newly or create strengthening elements to add to it so they can be worn.

Small actions like restoring engraving, thickening the cracked shank (bottom of your ring), re-faceting a worn gemstone or strengthening a setting can make a big difference.

Some restorations are more intensive. I’ve blogged about a number of restoration projects we’ve done successfully with before and after pictures.

Whether you have inherited jewelry in need of restoration or purchased a piece from an estate, let’s explore whether restoration could unlock its hidden beauty.

Fine Jewelry For Sale

fine-jewelry-for-sale-2Wide selection of stylish, classic and unique fine gold and silver jewelry. Call (805) 963-4157 to setup an appointment.

Mar 16
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This Big Diamond is All About Carats! Lots of Them!

In case you haven’t heard of the four “C’s”, guys, they are: Carat weight; Color; Clarity; and Cut. These are the four major points that need you need to be aware of when choosing an engagement diamond for your sweetheart. In this post I’m going to talk about the weightiest of the C’s: Diamond Carats.

Learning About Diamonds, One C at a Time

Most people when looking for a diamond start with carat which is the weight of the diamond. “I’d like the look at a one carat,” is commonly heard. And one carat is a nice size and a nice easy size. However there are things to know when you look for a diamond and weight is your first step. Read on. Continue reading →

Mar 11


In the thirty six years I’ve been a jeweler, I’ve been asked, “what is in the alloy mix, (metals mixed into gold for strength and ease of jewelry making,) for white gold and yellow gold?” People have also asked how do the alloys react to skin? The light bulb just went off in my head that I need to blog about this.

Have You Ever Wanted to Know What Makes Yellow Gold White? Or Rose?

Only yellow gold is a naturally occurring gold color. To get other colored golds, such as white gold and rose gold, metals are alloyed (mixed in) with pure gold to create the color the designer desires. I’ll give you formulas for the creation of colored gold.

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Feb 25

 

Ear Lobe Droop, It’s Like an Epidemic!

The other day my phone rang and Danita said one of her earrings looked funny. I went to see her and yup, she had ear lobe droop. It comes up a lot!

Do some of your earrings end up pointing toward the pavement? If so, it’s time to read this post and fight back against this silent Jewelry Enjoyment Killer!

What Is Ear Lobe Droop?

This problem stems from too large and heavy an earring being worn on too thin or too bendable an ear lobe. Or an ordinary size and weight earring being worn on an ear hole that is ripped, enlarged or just bigger than normal. Your earring just points toward the pavement.

It sags, it doesn’t sing. It looks the opposite of pert.

What Causes the Dreaded Ear Lobe Droop? Continue reading →

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