Buying fine jewelry or a luxury watch can be a daunting, even exhausting prospect. A quick internet search shows literally hundreds of retail outlets in the greater San Diego area; and online retailing, particularly for luxury watches, puts that number into the many thousands.
For many discerning buyers in the market for fine jewelry or a luxury timepiece, nothing can replace the experience of what is now crudely referred to as “brick and mortar” retail stores. Being able to see, touch, and completely experience the jewelry item simply can’t be replicated in an online experience. And the readily available knowledge of a fine jeweler is a service only the retail experience can offer.
For those buyers who still see value in the tactile experience of the retail environment, we’ll take a look at some of the best places in San Diego County to get a real “hands on” look at watches and fine jewelry—while keeping in mind that when it comes time to sell valuable fine jewelry or timepieces, Diamond Estate Jewelry Buyers is recognized as the best place to Southern California to get the highest cash return.
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CJ Charles Jewelers
Family owned and operated by Vahid Moradi since 1986, CJ Charles Jewelers continually strives to live up to its tagline, “Exceeding the Extraordinary.” Their downtown La Jolla jewelry store enjoys a well earned reputation as a distinguished upscale showroom, and is home to a wide array luxury timepieces and upscale designer and custom jewelry.
Featuring well-known jewelry brands like Cartier, Tiffany & Co., and Bulgari, the jewelry at CJ Charles includes over 25 exceptional jewelry designers, as well as their own in-house, handmade Riviera Collection. They also have an impressive selection of antique and estate jewelry. The master jeweler at CJ Charles has over 40 years experience, and specializes in creating high jewelry items, as well as repairing items of similar quality.
CJ Charles is also a major retailer of luxury watches for both men and women. As an authorized dealer for A. Lange & Sohne, Cartier, Breguet, Bulgari, Vacheron Constantin, and others, CJ Charles can offer their clientele new watches from these distinguished manufacturers. Perhaps even more impressive is their selection of certified pre-owned watches, including examples from Patek Philippe, Rolex, and over twenty other luxury brands.
CJ Charles also offers world class repair service at their La Jolla showroom. Their factory trained watchmakers have over 75 years of watchmaking experience, and the shop is an authorized service center for Cartier, Breitling, Omega, and Panerai. All service work, from routine oiling and cleaning to major repair and overhauls, is done in the back of their La Jolla Panerai Boutique, opened in 2012, next door to the main showroom.
David and Sons Fine Jewelers
Founded in 1980, David and Sons Fine Jewelry is a family owned and operated business specializing in engagement and wedding rings, custom designer rings, and loose diamond sales.
They offer the largest selection of certified loose diamonds in the San Diego area, specializing in fancy and ideal cuts, and their three in-house master jewelers can set the client’s chosen diamond into one of their custom-made mountings, often while the client waits. For something even more personal and unique, the designers can work with the client’s own design ideas to create a truly custom, one-of-a-kind jewelry item.
David and Sons maintains an A+ rating with the San Diego Better Business Bureau, and they pride themselves on working with clients to create a measure of trust and understanding that leads to long term relationships. All of their jewelry is covered by a free lifetime maintenance policy, including checking, cleaning, tightening, and rhodium dipping when necessary.
They also offer a generous diamond “trading up” policy, allowing clients to refresh and renew their styles at a fraction of the cost of buying new jewelry.
Gilmore Family Jewelers
Opened in 1978 in downtown Ocean Beach, Gary Gilmore Goldsmith was the first iteration of what would become Gilmore Family Jewelers, when the husband and wife team was joined by their daughters Alexandra and Vanessa. The family of artisans expanded their business and moved to historic Liberty Station in San Diego, where they offer distinctly personalized service.
Whether assisting clients in selecting from their studio collection of classic engagement and wedding bands or working directly with them to create truly custom jewelry, the staff at Gilmore Family Jewelers strives for a personal connection. Not only do many of their clients invite the Gilmores to their weddings, but they have actually made engagement rings and 25th anniversary rings for the same couple.
Their custom design process combines old world skills with modern technology. Starting with the client’s design, metals and stones are decided upon, and depending on the materials chosen for the piece, hand-drawn sketches, hand carved wax models, or computer-designed drawings are produced.
At this time, any last minute design changes are finalized, and the wax model is cast in metal, or the drawings are 3D printed in wax and finally cast in metal. Depending on the design, the piece may be hand constructed in the chosen metal, piece by piece.
Leo Hamel Fine Jewelry
Established from humble beginnings in 1980 as a vintage jewelry and pre-owned watch boutique, Leo Hamel Fine Jewelry has grown into a full service jewelry facility, now offering the largest selection of vintage designer jewelry and pre-owned watches in San Diego County.
In addition to their ever changing selection of vintage pieces, Leo Hamel also offers a full complement of branded jewelry, from designers like Chopard, Tiffany & Co., and Bulgari, as well as over twenty other innovative designers.
Also available at Leo Hamel is a large selection of new and pre-owned luxury watches, featuring brands from Patek Philippe, Rolex, Breitling, and Omega to Franck Muller, Hublot, and Panerai. Their service department’s Master Jewelers have over a one hundred years of combined experience, and are well qualified to perform both routine maintenance and full restorations on antique and family heirloom jewelry. And with in-house, Swiss factory trained watch technicians on staff, they can also provide routine maintenance and full restorations and repairs to the luxury timepieces they sell, all backed by a one year warranty.
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