Choosing a Jeweler

How to Choose the Right Jeweler For You

At some point in your life jewelry becomes a cherished part of it. For me it was the horse pin my grandmother gave me when I was ten. I really wanted a real horse, but that pin let me know that she understood me and supported my crazy horse love. I cherished that pin and…

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A Real Jeweler vs a Jewelry Counter Clerk for Your Engagement Ring

Marla’s Broken Engagement Ring Story I’m a Personal Jeweler in Santa Barbara, and I get questions daily. Recently Marla came to me with her sad story. Her tanzanite engagement ring had cracked. At first she thought her tanzanite was just dirty. Her fiancé sent her to the jewelry counter where he’d bought it to get…

Carpinteria Magazine Winter Edition

How to Choose a Jeweler – 16 Questions to Ask Yourself

Who’s Going to Be Your Next Jeweler? As a Santa Barbara Jeweler, I’ve asked my clients, “What do you look for in a jeweler?” If I’ve left out questions you feel should be here for more completeness let me know in the comments section. Now it’s time to ask yourself some questions to help you…

Squinty Eyed Girl|Sapphire and Diamond Engagement Ring|Heart Pink Sapphire Ring with Special Finishes

What to Look For in a Good Jeweler; Knowledge, Skills, and Likeability

How do you really know if Cindy, manning the store jewelry counter in the mall, is worth her salt? Does she really know what’s best for your twenty-five year old wedding ring? How Do You Find a Good Jeweler? Can Cindy speak intelligently on the strengths and weaknesses of particular engagement rings? How experienced is…

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No Engagement – What Does the Guy Do With the Engagement Ring?

Severe reality adjustment and serious bummer for a sweet guy. John and Candy had been dating for two years when John finally decided the time had come for him to pop the question. First, though, and with the help of good jeweler, not Calla Gold Jewelry, he designed an engagement ring he thought she’d love.

"Can You Design Jewelry Long Distance?" Ralph’s Ring Story

I get asked often, “Calla can you design jewelry long distance for me?”  Just ask Ralph and he’d say “yes!”