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  • Brooches Revisited!

    A beautiful trend, recently seen on the red carpet and the small and big screen, is the creative, fun way celebrities are accenting their fashion style with brooches. From whimsical to stunning, a brooch adds a “take notice” touch to your hairstyle or a surprise twist to any outfit.

    At Jessop’s, we have a large and ever changing selection of unique, antique and estate jewelry to choose from, spanning many eras.

    Alternative fun and inventive ways to wear jewelry takes just a little imagination. Be inspired by some of our available pieces....


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    Emma Stone adds a sparkling brooch to her chignon hairstyle

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    Bar pins provide a special touch as hair ornaments

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    Keira Knightly chose some feminine sparkle

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    Hayden Panettiere’s “little black dress” is elevated in style with the addition of her brooch

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    Place on a belt or at the waistline.
    Pin to a clutch or purse.

    Jessop’s #16808

  • Edith Tsabetsaye – Master Zuni Needlepoint Jeweler

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    Jessop’s is proud to offer a classic, handmade Edith Tsabetsaye design ring from our Estate Collection. What makes this piece truly unique and rare is that it is fashioned in 14K yellow gold instead of the customary silver often used in turquoise jewelry. When you see the quality and details, you will know you have a very special piece from this master artisan.

    ladydEdith Tsabetsaye is one of the most technically perfect Zuni jewelers of today and famous for innovating, developing, and mastering the style of “needlepoint” jewelry – tiny hand cut and set stones raised up and shaped like little crescent moons. Her work has been sold and collected all over the world by Native American art enthusiasts for its unique and recognizable style.

    Born around 1940 in Zuni Pueblo, New Mexico, Edith’s parents taught her jewelry making at the age of 12. At the time, other Zuni jewelers were using bigger turquoise stones in the style of cluster-work or petit point. In the 1960’s, Edith decided to create something different to make her work stand out. She reinvented her tools and changed her grinding technique to create the smallest needlepoint turquoise stones possible, rounded on top to a high dome allowing her jewelry to be spotted from a distance. Edith hand picks her stones using only top-grade turquoise and her technique is incredibly difficult and time consuming.
    Edith has won “Best of Show” and over 50 Blue Ribbons for “Best of Needlepoint” at Santa Fe's Indian Market and the Gallup Inter-Tribal Ceremonial, more than any artist in her category in the history of the event. She was also given the title of Precious Living Treasure.

    For more details visit here!

  • The Sapphire Engagement Ring - An Expression of Love through the Ages

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    Many young couples tose couples are finding that the modern sapphire engagement ring carries with it a long historical tradition and just may be the perfect, unique way to declare their love.

    During Medieval times, Pope Innocent III established the first official “engagement” period, in 1215, when he officially required a waiting period before getting married. Engagement rings were given as a way to outwardly show the honorable intentions of the groom. The betrothed was given a blue sapphire ring to wear because it was believed to test the faithfulness, sincerity, truthfulness, and purity of the wearer by observing if the stone’s color would fade during this engagement period.

    In the 14th and 15th century, the engagement ring, as we know it today, became popular amongst royal and wealthy families. When diamond prices declined in the 18th and 19th centuries, from Brazilian and African supplies flooding the market, sapphires, rubies, and emeralds were deemed more valuable and rarer than diamonds, and thus preferred by those who could afford them. With a hardness of 9 out of 10 on the Mohs scale, the durability and admiration of sapphires made them the favorite choice.

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    The beautiful sapphire engagement ring given to Princess Diana, that has been passed down to Kate, Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge, has brought a new contemporary spotlight and popularity, once again, to this timeless ring choice.

    So, if you are looking for a colorful expression of your love with a romantic link to the past, a gorgeous sapphire engagement ring or wedding band is not to be overlooked!

    Jessop’s offers custom ring design or view our sapphire collection at https://www.jessopjeweler.com/tag/product/list/tagId/23/

  • Jewelry Must Haves – Back to Basics!

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    It’s a wonderful time of year...graduation season! Many of you may have a daughter who is completing her college education and you’re looking for the right gift idea to commemorate the occasion.

    Just as college has provided a foundation to her life and career, there are wonderful jewelry pieces every young woman would love to have starting out as the foundation for her personal and professional expression. Jewelry accessories really give a finished look to any outfit. It is often true that when you look good, you feel good!

    Every jewelry collection would benefit by adding these classic, timeless pieces that are versatile and perfect for every day wear or a night on the town.

    Earrings
    • Classic diamond stud earrings can be worn for all occasions with many sizes to choose from to fit every budget. Who doesn’t like a little sparkle framing their face?
    • Stylish diamond hoop earrings make more of a statement, yet are still appropriate for casual wear.
    • Gold hoop earrings come in a variety of sizes from small hoops that hug the ear lobe to large hoops that hang close to the shoulder. The best size depends on her personality and style with the most popular sizes being up to one inch in diameter.
    • Pearl stud earrings give a look that is polished and refined and can be worn with everything.

    Necklace
    • A pearl necklace, 16” – 18” long, provides added class and dignity to an outfit. For a fun fashion trend, a longer strand may be worn in many imaginative ways or coupled with other various length pendant necklaces.
    • A diamond pendant or gemstone pendant in her favorite color would be the perfect touch to her favorite outfit.

    Bracelet
    • A gold bangle or link bracelet is an everyday jewelry staple worn individually or layered with other bracelet styles for a variety of fashion looks.

  • Facts & Facets Newsletter Spring 2017

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    Click here to read our Spring 2017 Facts & Facets Newsletter!

  • When Not to Wear Your Jewelry

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    Before I went to work in the jewelry industry, I did not give much thought to how I wore my fine jewelry. Like many others, because I loved it, I wore it...any time and any place! But I soon discovered, like a fine automobile, the way I treated my jewelry made all the difference to its lasting beauty and track record of loss or repairs (which can be costly).

    The best advice I have ever been given is, “Jewelry should be the LAST thing you put on when ready to go out and the FIRST thing you take off when you get home”.

    We often think to remove decorative jewelry, but neglect to consider our engagement and wedding rings. Sometimes, the first hurdle is to allow ourselves permission, for the benefit of those pieces we love, to temporarily remove and store them for safekeeping in the same secure place.

    Over the years, our Jessop’s staff has had the experience of listening to tales of woe from many customers. We have seen firsthand the damage done that might have been avoided by following a few good tips.

    Don’t wear your jewelry...

    Doing home improvements, gardening, or cleaning around the house
    Working with rings or bracelets on in tight spaces or around chemicals, rocks and dirt, paint, power tools, etc. is a recipe for disaster.

    Playing sports or pumping iron at the gym
    Rings can be scuffed or scratched on textured handles or bent under the pressure of lifting weights. Stones can get chipped if accidently hit against heavy objects. Necklaces may get caught on equipment or earrings lost during floor exercises.

    While swimming at the pool or relaxing at the beach
    Chlorinated water, over time, can cause damage to metals, and sand is very abrasive and hard to remove from jewelry crevices. It is best to leave your jewelry at home or in a locker. If you remove it once you are poolside or at the beach, it is much more likely to get lost or stolen.

    While cooking or doing dishes
    Many kitchen tasks involve handling raw foods, cooking over heat, or using chemical cleaning products that are harmful. Bacteria and grease can also build up in the cracks and crevices of rings or bracelets.

    While bathing or grooming
    Soap film, lotions and creams, cosmetics, hair sprays, and perfumes can make your jewelry dull and cause a buildup of grime. They can also act like glue making it harder to detect repairs that may be needed or stones that may have become loose.

    While sleeping
    A long night of tossing and turning means jewelry is susceptible to excess body heat, pressure and stress that can break, bend or warp. There is also the possibility for prongs to snag on clothing or sheets which could cause a stone to come loose or be lost in a pile of bedding.

    While caring for small children
    Small children are often interested in sparkly or dangling objects making earrings, necklaces, and bracelets “fun” to grab, pull, yank, or break.

    Jewelry, of course, is meant to be worn and enjoyed! However, by simply being aware of potential dangers and taking some simple precautions, you can minimize the risk of loss or damage and enjoy your jewelry for years to come.

    Jill Mattingley
    Jessop’s Sales Associate

  • Pop the Question in San Diego’s Romantic Outdoors

    With the daylight savings time change, spring has arrived in San Diego, along with spring fever! One of the reasons we pay a premium to live in this beautiful climate and city is the fabulous outdoor venues, views, and adventures that await us at every turn.

    Spring and summer is the perfect time of year for lovers to take advantage of San Diego’s romantic outdoors to finally ask that all important question, “Will you marry me?” We’ve gathered just a few ideas to spark your imagination.

    Get your friends involved setting up a preplanned picnic scene. At the end of an out-and-about day with your loved one, you “stumble” upon your surprise picnic. It could be anywhere that has meaning to you...a park, a hotel rooftop, the beach, or somewhere else unexpected. Your friends can also be hiding nearby to snap pictures or video of the happy moments.

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    One of the most romantic restaurants with a commanding view of downtown San Diego is Bertrand at Mister A’s on Fifth Avenue. Enjoy a late afternoon cocktail on the wrap-around balcony before taking in the evening city lights during dinner. You will surely get a “YES!” to your dessert proposal. http://www.asrestaurant.com/

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    Surprise your loved one with a private gondola proposal cruise through the enchanting waterways of the Coronado Cays along San Diego’s Silver Strand, courtesy of The Gondola Company. Experience the traditions and romance of Venice, Italy right here in San Diego. http://www.gondolacompany.com/

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    Take a beautiful drive to the end of Point Loma for views that will take your breath away. Experience the hiking trails, ocean tide pools and the historic Point Loma Lighthouse, all part of the Cabrillo National Monument Park. Why not ask a passer-by to take your picture together against the San Diego skyline only to drop down on one knee, present the ring, and catch it all on camera ready for your next Instagram reveal! https://www.nps.gov/cabr/index.htm

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    With views that are spectacular, Torrey Pines State Reserve in La Jolla offers walking trails with steps leading right to the beach. Take a backpack picnic to enjoy when you reach the shore and linger for a while taking in the coastal beauty! https://torreypine.org/

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    Create a memorable proposal and check another thing off your bucket list with a hot air balloon ride over San Diego County. Experience the beautiful back country, the flower fields of Encinitas, or the coastal landscape while high up on cloud 9.

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    For a more thrilling proposal adventure, charter an open cockpit, vintage biplane ride. Bundle up together for high flying fun. Several San Diego companies offer a variety of flight packages to choose from.

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    The San Diego Summer Pops concert series along the Embarcadero exudes romance. What’s better than great music under the stars, a sunset over the San Diego bay on your left, beautiful nighttime city lights on your right, topped off with fireworks? A proposal, that’s what! http://www.sandiegosymphony.org/bayside2016/

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  • Re-Inventing Your Jewelry

    Have you ever asked the question, “What am I going to do with this old jewelry?”

    Sometimes when looking through our own fine jewelry collection or at fine jewelry we have inherited, we may find pieces that are no longer in good condition, usable, or attractive to us. With just a little thinking outside the box, new ideas and ways to re-cycle, reuse or re-invent elements of a piece can freshen and update your collection.

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    This customer’s gold watch bracelet had been mended, soldered, and repaired several times in the past and, once again, sustained more cracked and broken links. Rather than continue spending money on more repairs to a problematic bracelet that keeps breaking, we suggested some changes to brighten up and modernize the look of the watch.

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    The watch movement, the outdated diamond leaf motif embellishments, and the damaged bracelet were first removed. We were then able to locate another estate watch bracelet to use for the repair. Now the watch has a beautiful, newer, and brighter bracelet with a look that can be worn for every day or a dressed up evening out. The customer was also able to reuse the removed diamonds in another piece of jewelry.

    Bring us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses of jewelry yearning to be reborn. Jessop’s can help!

  • Looks Worthy of the Red Carpet!

    Part of the fun of awards season, currently in full swing, is seeing the jewelry and fashion trends on the red carpet.

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    Mandy Moore, currently starring in the television show, “This Is Us”, looks stunning in big and bold color gemstone & diamond earrings.

    This big and beautiful, kunzite and diamond pendant, custom made by Jessop’s in-house master goldsmith, is sure to turn heads! Click here to view.

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    Emma Stone, recently starring in the movie “La La Land”, dazzles wearing a feminine, vintage look.

    Jessop’s new jewelry collection includes these beautiful vintage-inspired earrings and pendant. Click here to view earrings; or pendant.

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    Connie Britton, star of the television show “Nashville”, showcases the trend of layering bracelets, and in this case diamond bracelets!

    Circa 1920, our Art Deco inspired, vintage platinum and diamond bracelet sparkles with old European cut diamonds. Click here to view.

    Circa 1925, our Art Deco ruby and diamond bracelet is a beautiful example of superb style and craftsmanship of bygone times. Click here to view.

    Jessop’s has an extensive estate jewelry collection that is ever changing as we acquire new pieces. We invite you to stop by the store and feast your eyes!

  • Customer Spotlight – Marilyn and Jim

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    On a trip to Tanzania, Marilyn bought two very special tanzanite gemstones. We came to Jessop’s to have rings designed for these stones and are thrilled with the results! Jessop’s created a custom, handmade ring for Jim and customized a ring mounting we found there for Marilyn. We will cherish these rings and the memories they hold for years to come.
    Marilyn Henry and Jim Callahan

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