Antique or Inherited Jewelry

Tiny band|Re-engraving done on tiny band ring

Re-Engraving a Boring Old Tiny Band Ring, Or How Re-Engraving Saved This Ring

Sometimes rings fall through the cracks in life. My client Carol inherited a tired looking tiny band ring. It had wonderful memories because it was from her Grandmother. It had never really seen the light of day since she’d  received it years ago. She wondered if there was a way to make it look more…

24" long charm necklace in 14kt yellow gold

Charm Bracelets vs Charm Necklaces

The good, the bad and the ugly of charm bracelets. Charm bracelets are so full of love and memories and cute little jewelry treasures. That’s the good news. The bad news is they catch on things, rip your nylons, wreck your sweaters, (the ugly!) scratch your key board and get in the way. What’s a…

Amazing Antique Diamond Ring Restoration,Carole’s Story

From Business Lunch to Antique Diamond Ring Restoration It was a luncheon on a day of wind that blew a bird into our hotel ballroom.

White Gold Antique Engagement Ring

Restoring Antique Rings with Antique Diamonds for Engagement Rings

  Who do you call when you have an antique ring too worn for everyday wear? Rodney and Taren were referred to Santa Barbara’s Calla Gold Jewelry for antique jewelry restoration after their frustrating experience trying to sort out what to do to be able to wear her antique engagement ring daily.

Gold Plating Jewelry Explained – How Plating Renews Your Old Jewelry

  As the Dear Abby of Santa Barbara Jewelers, I get asked questions about gold plating jewelry all the time. What exactly is the procedure? Can my jewelry be gold plated again? Will it affect my gemstones? Is it worth doing? Cindy’s Ring, Heartily in Need of Plating Case in point: Cindy, a client of…

Wear it Don’t Warehouse it: One Inherited Ring Redesign Makes a New Jewelry Wardrobe

A funny story about an inherited ring redesign. Marcia, (names changed to protect the lucky) inherited a very large, very ‘yesterday,’ super dressy cocktail ring. It sat unworn and overwhelmingly alone in a safe deposit box; an inherited ring’s idea of Hell. Happily she met me, and we had some serious fun with that cocktail…