Friendship rings

Friendship Rings – Jewelry Brings us Closer

There is no better way to let the world know you are part of a dynamic duo than with a friendship ring. If you’re like me, you probably found yourself wondering “where did friendship rings originate?”

Ring finger showing allergic reaction

Nickel Allergy and Your White Metal Choices

  Do You Have a Nickel Allergy? Nickel allergy is one of the most common causes of allergic contact dermatitis. Causes of Nickle Allergy A nickel allergy can develop at any time, so you can get the allergy at 5 or 50. It usually develops after constant exposure to something that has nickel in it. Once you develop…

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…

Insuring Your Jewelry: To Insure or Not to Insure

I am Not an Insurance Agent I am Calla Gold, an opinionated (and excellent) custom designing jeweler in Santa Barbara. So let’s talk about insuring your jewelry from the perspective of my not trying to sell you anything. Why Am I Talking About Insuring Your Jewelry? What got me doing this post was when my client Hildy…

Platinum wedding set with hand engraving

Ring Sizing Cost Explained – What do You Pay More For and Why?

Do you wear rings? Silly question, what woman reading this doesn’t. Chances are you’ve had a little ring sizing experience. Unlike shoes and tires, rings in jewelry stores typically don’t come in assorted sizes-at least not rings in Santa Barbara. The Two Methods for Sizing Your Ring Larger 1. Stretching 2. Adding a bridge of gold How…

How To Buy Jewelry For Women, From One Guy to Another

Or maybe like me, you’ve actually walked in one of these jewelry stores only to be blinded by a vast array of rings that, except for minor details, all look the same! Like we’re supposed to know what she likes! Like we’re supposed to know whether she likes round brilliant or princess cut diamonds. Like…