Jessop Jewelers Blog

  • April is the month for diamonds. Just ask any woman born in April! Jessop's ideal cut diamonds are the most brilliant diamond any month of the year.  And the ASET Device from AGS is the ideal tool to demonstrate that. Proud to be an AGS affiliate jeweler in San Diego, Jessop's staff take diamonds and ethics seriously. That is why we use the ASET device in the showroom, along with AGS lab reports and GIA reports, to back up the grading of our ideal cut diamonds. But only the AGS grading reports show the detail of the cut and how it directly affects brilliance, fire and scintillation. The ASET device is a tool to show a customer the way a diamond is returning light back to the eye. It also shows the symmetry and the precision of the cut, or lack thereof.

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  • You're pretty lucky to find a four leaf clover. Your luck just got better with the diamond four leaf clover pendant found at Jessop's. In the Little Italy shop, in downtown San Diego, you'll find all sorts of good luck charms. A visit to Jessop's is like finding gold at the end of the rainbow- except at Jessop's the gems are the rainbow and the gold is overflowing from our cases.

    The four-leaf clover is a rare variation of the common, three-leaved clover. According to tradition, such leaves bring good luck to their finders. In addition, each leaf is believed to represent something: the first is for faith, the second is for hope, the third is for love, and the fourth is for luck. This great symbolism is referenced in a magazine publication from 1877.(Letter entitled "Four-Leaved Clovers", St. Nicholas (Scribner's Illustrated Magazine for Girls and Boys).

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  • It is said that wearing your 'heart on your sleeve' means you show emotion easily. Imagine the emotion that will flow if one special heart is on your left-hand-ring-finger in the form of a beautiful diamond from Jessop's! That's a pretty special way to declare your love. Jessop's in San Diego has been helping couples share their love for decades. We can happily tell you all about the fancy shapes diamonds like heart shapes, ovals, pears, and our speciality - the ideal cut round diamond.

    When looking for a heart shape diamond, all the elements of the shape are important. The diamond cutter has made many critical decisions on how to craft the heart from the shape of the original rough gem. Fuller shoulders here, longer point or a deeper cleft there. Whatever the outside outline of a fancy shaped diamond is - it must be pleasing to the eye. Sparkling and fiery, and with a shape that is graceful. Not squatty or too elongated, but just right. All these faceting elements affect the quality, the brilliance and the price of the gem. The gemologists at Jessop's can help to explain the nuances that make one fancy shape a bit blah and another dazzlingly beautiful.

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  • Know someone who is "true blue"? Jessop's has a great way to tell them you appreciate their loving loyalty - with our beautiful blue sapphire heart pendant. Topped by a fancy yellow diamond and surrounded by a tiny row of diamond sparklers, this is one-of-a-kind jewelry at its best. And it's right up our alley. In our custom shop, in Downtown San Diego, we craft special jewelry for your unique gifts, as well as for our showcases.

    The sapphire earned its reputation for steadfastness in love in ancient times. This was due to characteristics of the gem's hardness, and its ability to look lustrous and beautiful over years of wear. In those 'old' days once a sapphire was given to a loved one, it was believed that if the gem was still blue after long separations of the lovers - think crusades and military campaigns- then the lover had been true during that absence.

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  • Hearts and diamonds for your Valentine's day engagement ring? Jessop's knows just how to put that together for you. In our downtown shop we have beautiful loose diamonds, sapphires and other colored gems, and a rare few are heart shaped for extra romance - waiting to become your unique ring.

    The symbolism of the heart has figured in romantic lore for centuries. It was believed that the vein which pulsed directly to your heart was the vein seen running from your left hand's third ring finger. Trace that spot from the hand up your arm and you can see why it was believed that the only place for a ring to denote matrimony was on that finger. 

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  • Phyllis Weeks-Daniel retires after 30 years

    Posted on: January 13, 2014

    Jessop's is losing a gem.

    After nearly 30 years as our manager Phyllis Weeks-Daniel is retiring.  Known to Jessop's San Diego clients for decades as their friendly and capable consultant for all things gems and jewelry, we are sorry to see her go.  She has been an appraiser, diamond and gift advisor extraordinaire, gemstone personal shopper, jewelry restoration specialist and custom designer.

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  • Jessop's in downtown San Diego, near Little Italy, has simplified shopping for antique and vintage estate jewelry. There are so many styles from the past 200 years to be enchanted by it makes  seeing our cases mandatory for jewel lovers. Here is a broad overview of period styles.

    An important thing to keep in mind when considering the styles for vintage jewelry is that the time periods overlap. In older vintage jewelry there is a vague beginning, a peak and a tapering off over many years for specific styles.  There was no strict stop and start to the periods but are more accurately classified by their design styles and their construction methods. There is style overlap also; new changes often incorporated elements from earlier designs. Fashions did not change as rapidly 150 years ago as they do today, thus styles stayed current for longer periods and did not evolve as quickly. Vintage dating of estate jewelry is like trying to see the past through a fuzzy filter.

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  • Once you've searched for and found each other you have only one search left, and that's at Jessop's for your fabulous vintage engagement ring! Antique engagement rings and vintage engagement rings from many decades, are our speciality and ready for you. Our GIA and AGS graduate gemologists have done a full reivew on every ring. We can help you select the perfectly unique ring for your perfectly unique love.

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  • Ritani engagement rings have filled the Jessop's showcases in downtown San Diego. Selection, style, sparkle and more. Did we say sparkle?! There is so much brilliance and fire from dozens and dozens of our new Ritani engagement rings that you will be dazzled by the beauty and thrilled with the options. Ready to get engaged? or is it time to remount an old ring? If so there is sure to be a style to suit you and all at wonderful values.

    The Ritani designer line is made in the USA, from precious metals such as platinum and gold. The time honored methods of wax model making and casting start the creation of each ring folllowed by lots of skilled hands to set the diamonds and finish your final ring.

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  • We all love the summer sun in San Diego; well... really we love the year round sun! Jessop's has a pendant that captures all this sunny cheer in orange and yellow sapphires. Tipped in brilliant diamonds for more sparkle this sunburst pendant is from a new designer we've found. The colors of sapphires graduate from fiery orange in the center to golden yellows. See it on the Jessop's site for a few more details.

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