Jessop’s Rolex repair shop in downtown San Diego can take care of any cleaning or service your Rolex might need. A Rolex self winding watch is a precision machine which requires skilled maintenance to perform at its best. Jessop’s Rolex Master Watchmaker is Swiss trained and Rolex trained, plus he has been servicing Rolex for decades. With over 220 working parts in a Rolex automatic watch Jessop’s watchmaker is just the craftsman you want to handle your fine timepiece.
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Old Mine Cuts, Old European Cuts, single cuts and rose cuts. Jessop's in Downtown San Diego (yes, near Little Italy) can help you figure out which facet fits your antique loving style. We have cases full of antique and vintage rings and would love to show you the differences. The age of the diamond may not always tell the whole story. Sometimes we find older cut stones in modern rings - not too surprising because a diamond may stay in a family and be reset over the years to reflect the styles of the day. We also see vintage rings with newer cut stones in them. This is perhaps a case of someone loving the setting and wanting a different diamond. Sometimes a ring will be taken apart and the diamond remouted leaving the lovely old setting to be fit with a newer cut diamond. So many scenarios and mysteries to try to solve. If only the rings could share their stories.
The cut of a diamond does give a clue to the age of the jewelry. Here are a few brief pointers.
Jessop’s study of EGL diamond reports that have come in to our San Diego store and our American Gem Society accredited gem lab for appraisals showed that time after time EGL reports are not accurate. They always ‘upgrade’ the quality grades. This gives a customer the illusion of a better diamond for the price compared to an accurately graded diamond by GIA or AGS.
Unlike the GIA and AGS, The EGL (European Gemological Laboratory) is a for-profit organization. Not coincidentally EGL is consistently 'loose' in grading compared to the GIA or AGS.
Diamond rings at Jessop's, in downtown near Little Italy, span all the ages - from genuine vintage to custom contemporary styles. How do we define Vintage? to mean genuinely old jewelry, from various past periods over the last 100 years. But it does not mean the recent past - such as the past decade or two. Vintage does not mean fairly new yet simply being resold as used jewelery.
Jessop’s is always happy to fill your diamond dreams, for both antique and new gems in our San Diego shop, but here is one for the records books. On April 16, The Princie, a 34.65 ct. fancy intense pink cushion cut, scored $39.3 million ($1.1 million a carat) at Christie’s New York—making it the most expensive jewel ever sold in the auction house’s 200-plus year history.
The sale price surpasses the previous record of $24.3 million, set in December 2008 by the Wittelsbach.
The Princie now also holds the record for the most expensive jewel ever sold at auction in the United States, the auction house said. The buyer was kept anonymous.
Antique and vintage engagement rings, antique jewelry from many eras and more are found at Jessop Jewelers in San Diego, near Little Italy. We refinish and appraise the antique engagement rings and antique jewelry we offer. This is very important so you know just what you are getting. With a history spanning over 100 years in fine jewelry we are uniquely qualified to help with your vintage jewelry wishes.
Can’t tell if the ring being offered elsewhere is genuine vintage or a reproduction? That’s never a worry at Jessop’s. Our decades of expertise in buying, selling and restoring antique and vintage jewelry as well as antique engagement rings gives us an advantage. We can help you understand the differences from one precious ring to the next. These are the little differences that make one vintage treasure just right for the Jessop’s estate collection and just right for you.
Time changes this weekend for the San Diego landmark Jessop’s clock. It changes for all of our watches too. We know it goes Spring Forward and Fall Back – but not everyone knows how to reset the time on a fine watch if it gets done only twice a year.
If your watch has a screw down crown like a newer Rolex you simply unscrew the crown to release. It may have one to three positions depending on the model. Use the first position to wind, the second to set the calendar if it is a calendar model, the third to set the time. Adjust one hour forward for the spring change. In the fall adjust one hour back to return to standard time. If the screw down crown model has two positions the time is set in the second. You’ll will always know because you’ll see the hands moving when you’re in the correct mode.
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.
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.
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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.