Calla Gold Jewelry – Your Personal Santa Barbara Jeweler

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

custom-jewelry-designUnique custom jewelry designed by Santa Barbara Personal Jeweler Calla Gold

“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

jewelry-repairSolving problems for neglected or broken jewelry

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

– Dee W.

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Engagement Ring Design

trinity-engagement-ringCustom engagement rings that express your love.

“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

wedding-ring-designCustom wedding ring design for a lifetime of love and beauty.

“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

antique-jewelry-restorationEstate jewelry and inherited jewelry revitalized or reimagined for a new generation.

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.

Jewelry Organizing Services

jewelry-organizingJewelry organizing services. From containers to inventorying to organizing, making the most of your jewelry collection is a part of our mission.

“I had duplicate items, things I wasn’t wearing and holes in my collection. Calla did an inventory, organized my jewelry so I could see what I had and wrote up suggestions that we are working our way through.”

– Deb C.

Jul 16

How Would you Like to Add Intrigue and Depth to a Piece of Your Jewelry?

Heart Pink Sapphire Ring with Special Finishes, Calla Gold Jewelry

This Fabulous Multi-Sapphire Ring Shows Off Matte, Stippling, Hammering and Oxidizing Finishes

If you’d like a little walk on the wild side with your jewelry, you might like to think about adding the Kiss of Night, (a touch of black), to your precious treasures. Great Jewelers are always experimenting with new ways to add cool finishes to make your jewelry more distinctive.

Because of your interest and your jeweler’s interest in making your jewelry distinctive, this blog will share the jeweler’s secrets about adding the kiss of night to your jewelry. Whether you want little touches or bold black jewelry details, you’ll want to read about the four ways jewelers create these wow effects.

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Jul 2

Die Struck vs Cast Gold Jewelry

Die Struck Coin

When I was a new jeweler, I was asked to size a 10kt company ring for a friend. It was my first experience with die struck jewelry.

I was expecting it to behave like other rings I had sized. Instead it was very tough and took a lot longer to size than I had anticipated. I asked

a mentor jeweler, what was the deal with this class ring? Was it that it was 10kt? Or what?

He said, “It’s die struck, and that is way harder to work than cast gold.” I then asked, why is that. Our conversation led me on a research journey. And questions from my clients with die struck jewelry led me to write this blog post.

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Jun 18

PVD Coated Watch Band

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What’s the Difference Between Electroplating and PVD Coating?

Walter came to me a year ago to gold-plate a silver chain he had. After a year of daily wear, the plating was coming off in places. He came and showed me his watch. He was pretty ticked off. He said, “I’ve worn my watch everyday for seven years and there are only these worn spots on the bottom.” There was a lot of wear on the bottom, but the top still looked shiny and golden. “I had you gold plate my silver chain and I’ve worn it daily and it’s wearing off of the clasp and doesn’t look as shiny as before. Why is that?”

Why indeed? The plating process on your watch band and on your jewelry aren’t the same thing. Let’s look at the differences. Pictured is a PVD coated watch band.

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