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Fires in Santa Barbara clouds.

Fire and Flood, My Stormy Jeweler Life – Part 1

  Our hills burned from our neighbors in Santa Paula, through the hills of Ojai and to the coast in Ventura, with fire taking hundreds of homes as the high winds whipped this way and that unpredictably. Then the winds started pushing the fire into our direction. The march toward Santa Barbara had begun. As…

Jewelry Bids – a Necessary Step to Your Custom Project

About Your Request for a Price for That Custom Ring I regularly receive requests ranging from people asking for bids to size a ring, replace a gemstone or to make custom-designed wedding sets completely from scratch. The more difficult the job, the more time I have to spend figuring out the cost of the job.…

Egyptian Coin in Gold

Why Is Gold More Expensive Than Silver?

Silver and Gold As evidenced by price, gold has been considered more valuable than silver throughout modern history. As I write this blog, an ounce of gold costs over seventy-five times more than an equal weight of silver. Why the huge difference?

tungsten band for a man with two lines in center

Titanium, Tungsten, Gold and Platinum – Pros and Cons

I’ve written a number of blog posts on titanium and tungsten as wedding bands. This post is a compilation of simple  pros and  cons. Just the facts ma’am if you will. Feel free to add your pros and cons in the comments area. My previous blog post “Don’t Buy Titanium and Tungsten Wedding Bands” is…

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Diamond Appraisals from Legit to Toilet Paper – Part 2

By Calla Gold and Guest Writer Tom Seguin G.G. A.S.A. Master Gemologist Appraiser Diamond Appraisals from Legit to Toilet Paper – Part 2 Click Here for Part 1 This in-depth two-part article will make more sense if you at least skim part one before jumping into part two. This was written in response to frequently asked…

Appraiser Tom Seguin at his microscope.

Diamond Appraisals from Legit to Toilet Paper Part 1

By Calla Gold and Guest Writer Tom Seguin G.G A.S.A. Master Gemologist Appraiser Diamond Appraisals from Legit to Toilet Paper In the thirty two years I have been a jeweler, the stickiest upsets I’ve seen come from toilet paper appraisals. These are pieces of paper that say “appraisal” and are masquerading as legitimate legal documents…

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