Jessop Jewelers Blog

  • Jessop’s has just had the pleasure of meeting & working with USMC Corporal Kionte Storey (retired) at our San Diego shop. Antarctica sure seems a long way from downtown San Diego, but Kionte was there just a few weeks ago on January 18, 2013 doing the improbable: climbing the 16,050 ft Mount Vinson. An epic challenge with frigid, arduous and hostile conditions for anyone to attempt but even more so for Kionte. Why? because he is an amputee. An explosion from an IED while deployed in Afghanistan in 2010 caused the loss of one leg and damage to the other and ultimately brought him to Balboa Navy Hospital here in San Diego.

    The first hurdle of learning to walk with a prosthetic leg seemed a big enough goal. Kionte, however, set his mind to living without self imposed limitations and he dreamed big – aided by his friend and service-dog Koja. With the force of his personal determination and some help from the Wounded Warrior Project, plus the Heroes Project, he has become a competitive athlete and mountaineer of the highest order.

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  • Good news from Jessop’s in downtown San Diego. We now offer financing for new and antique engagement rings, special occasion jewelry, custom designs and anything else your heart desires.

    The American Gem Society Credit Card is an easy and convenient way to pay for your Jessop Jeweler purchases. Enjoy benefits throughout the year, such as:

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  • Jessop’s in downtown San Diego has a Canary yellow diamond that will have you singing its praise. Our gem is a rival to the new fancy yellow diamond that Kelly Clarkson is wearing on her left hand.

    Fancy is the term used for diamonds that fall outside the white range of diamond color. The color must be saturated enough to earn the grade of Fancy. Sometimes a yellow diamond will be called a Canary, but that should only be used for diamonds with a very high degree of yellow color saturation and sometimes a mere hint of greenish-yellow (yep- like the color of a canary). Fancies can come in many colors across the rainbow but certain colors are more rare and valuable than others. Any of these rare beauties should have a lab report from the GIA stating the grade and that the color is natural.

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  • Jessop’s Jewelry Recycling In San Diego

    Posted on: November 5, 2012

    Vintage diamond ring with

    sapphire trim

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  • Jessop’s Knows Sparkle!

    Posted on: October 23, 2012

    San Diego, from nearby Little Italy to far off Fallbrook, relies on Jessop’s for Ideal cut diamonds. And the best of that brilliant bunch earn the AGS Light Performance Document grade of 0. Three Certified Gemologists, graduates of both the GIA and the AGS programs are in the store to help you navigate the fine points of diamond buying.
    The best tool in our tool bag to demonstrate diamond brilliance is the ASET device created by the American gem Society lab. When a diamond is viewed in the ASET the brightest light being produced by the diamond shows up as red, next brightest is green, and contrast shows as blue. Light leaking out shows in the ASET as white, grey or black. Black and white is ok for old movies but not ok in a fine diamond!

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  • Sell gold or sell jewelry and get paid immediately. Trust Jessop’s in downtown San Diego to handle your jewelry selling needs with confidence. We have been doing this for over 100 years. Jim Jessop, fifth generation Jessop in the jewelry business, will work with you directly and discreetly.

    How to go about it? It’s simple: Make an appointment first by calling 619-234-4137. Then bring in your old jewelry to discuss with Jim; he’ll make you an offer and pay you on the spot.

    Diamonds, gemstone jewelry, old watches and gold will all be considered.

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  • Jessop Jeweler was recently voted a top jeweler in town by public opinion poll! After serving San Diego for over 100 years we are happy to keep doing just that – helping you. Located steps from Little Italy and the Gaslamp in downtown San Diego we’ll keep offering Rolex service and Rolex repairs, fine jewelry repair, AGS Certified Ideal Cut diamonds, vintage engagement rings and so much more.

    Jessop’s says “Thank you” for your loyal support over all the years. Let’s keep sparkling together!

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    Jessop Jeweler in downtown San Diego is proud to partner with San Diego Magazine and their Woman of the Year award. The award recognizes dynamic women who work to create positive change and contribute to the community. Celebrate with this year’s inspirational nominees over hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and the 2012 Woman of the Year presentation. Jim Jessop will be there to salute these 130 remarkable San Diego women.

    A portion of ticket sales to benefit Center for Community Solutions.

    La Costa Resort and Spa
    September 18, 2012

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    Congratulations to Ken & Kerry Frazier on the arrival of baby William. We are thrilled for them… and delighted with their announcement photos which show an adorable baby and a Mom adorned with jewelry from Jessop’s in San Diego.

    Kerry’s diamond is a cushion cut, chosen carefully by Ken. The engagement ring setting features diamonds on the band, as does the matching wedding ring. Now just a few short years later, with a new baby coming, Ken thought of Jessop’s. He saw the necklace on the website and knew the circle-of-life design would be perfect for the occasion.

    Ken, Kerry & William Frazier

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  • Historic Jessop’s Clock On The Move

    Posted on: June 26, 2012
    Vintage Jessop's ClockVintage Jessop's Clock

    Time will be up soon for the Jessop’s street clock’s current location. Even though Jessop Jewelers is located at 401 West C St, ground floor of the Emerald Plaza, the legendary clock has been several blocks away, on display in Horton Plaza since that center was built. Now it will make its fourth move in 100 years. The question of where it will go is up in the air.

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