Things to do in San Luis Obispo

Things to do in San Luis Obispo

Planning a trip to California’s Central Coast? We’re excited to have you! Follow along for our guide of things to do in San Luis Obispo.

Thursday Night Farmer’s Market

The Downtown SLO Farmer’s Market is a great way to see a little more of the city. Held every Thursday night on Higuera Street, there’s always a lot to see and do. Furthermore, many of the local restaurants offer booths with limited menu items, so it’s a great way to taste some of what the city has to offer.

Visit the Madonna Inn

Things to do in San Luis Obispo

Quirky. Unique. Colorful. These words all describe the Madonna Inn. Located at the corner of Madonna Road and the 101 freeway, the inn was opened in 1958. Since that time, it’s welcomed hundreds of thousands of people. Each of the 110 rooms has a unique decor theme. Because of this, no two stays at the Madonna Inn are alike. Finally, we suggest making a visit to the Copper Cafe for a slice of Champagne Cake.

Hike Bishop Peak

Located just east of Cal Poly and near highway 1, Bishop Peak offers stunning views of San Luis Obispo. The trail is 3.4 miles out and back. Because it is the highest of the nine sisters (the volcanic mountains spread across SLO), it provides picturesque views unavailable elsewhere.

Looking for More Things to do in San Luis Obispo?

Downtown offers a great opportunity to visit the historic Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, as well as dine and shop the area. Parking is easy if you head to one of the local parking structures. Furthermore, you’ll even have a chance to walk by our shop and say hello! If you ask us, jewelry is the ultimate souvenir from any trip. What other items will you wear with love and keep for a lifetime?

How do I Clean my Engagement Ring?

How do I Clean my Engagement Ring

How do I clean my engagement ring?

When you first receive your engagement ring, it’s as brilliant and sparkling as can be. But, over time the sparkle may dull just a little. While it’s just as beautiful, you may be asking yourself “How do I clean my engagement ring?” We can help! Follow along for some helpful tips.

Firstly, allow us to say that we’ll happily clean and inspect your ring for free at any time. You read right, there’s no charge for a professional cleaning! Additionally, we can ensure that your beautiful ring is always in good repair by inspecting prongs, channels, and other condition issues. By having your ring professionally cleaned and inspected often, you’ll know if there are any repair issues to correct before any damage happens to your ring.

Our first piece of advice: don’t wash dishes or apply lotion while wearing your jewelry. Because soaps and lotions can cause oils to adhere more quickly to your jewelry, they’ll make your pieces look dirty much faster. We also highly suggest having a safe place to put your ring while at home. You’ll always know where it is, even when it isn’t on your finger. Ultimately, you won’t get it dirty while doing housework.

How do I Clean my Engagement Ring: What Not to do

Whatever you do, be choosy about what you use to clean your ring. It’s never a good idea to use caustic or corrosive chemicals to clean your ring. These chemicals can eat away at the precious metals of your ring and cause damage over time. Additionally, it’s very important to use products that are non-toxic and ammonia free. Degreasers are an excellent choice. We suggest using a mixture of simple green and water and gently scrubbing with a toothbrush from time to time. That is to say, when you can’t make it to our shop for a deep clean.

Visit us at 951 Monterey Street, San Luis Obispo, for your complimentary cleaning!

Rings for Arthritic Fingers

Rings for Arthritic Fingers

Finding rings for arthritic fingers can be difficult. Because the knuckle grows and swells over time, getting an accurate size is challenging. Historically, brides have had to do without their wedding rings. Meanwhile, others have attempted to use a butterfly shank. Finally, some have tried speed bumps, but none of these compare to the custom fit of a Cliq ring.

Cliq Rings for Arthritic Fingers

Rings for Arthritic Fingers

A ring with Cliq technology installed has a patented hinge and lock mechanism. This unique approach allows us to size your finger without concern for an ever-changing knuckle measurement. Because of this, we can securely fit rings for arthritic fingers without constant adjustment.

The sizing process for a Cliq ring is different than most. Rather than using a standard sizing tool, we use a series of hinged rings with magnets. This allows us to get the most precise fit possible. No longer will your ring spin or knock around. Because of this, your precious and semi-precious stones will be more secure in your jewelry. Additionally, Cliq owners never have to worry about having their rings cut off again.

How to Have Your Ring Made

Rings for Arthritic Fingers Cliq/Superfit

Should you decide to proceed with the customization process, Cliq’s team of master jewelers will help us install the mechanism. Some rings are thinner and require the addition of a bridge (for support). Meanwhile, other rings are sturdy enough to forgo the bridge. Either way, you can be sure that your beloved ring will look and feel seamless, Ultimately, it will fit better than ever before.

Or, maybe you’re ready to restyle your wedding set. Not a problem! Cliq also offers brand new semi-mountings with its technology installed. No matter what style you prefer for your ring, the team of Serengeti West and Cliq can make it happen.

We invite you to visit our San Luis Obispo Jewelry Store at 951 Monterey Street to learn more. Or, contact us to see how to get started!

What do I do with my old Jewelry?

We hear it all the time. “What do I do with my old jewelry? I have so much I never wear just sitting in a box.” Not to worry, we’ve got the answers you need!

What do I do with my old jewelry? Resell it!

Have a few pieces of fine jewelry from past relationships? Beautiful necklaces, rings, or other pieces, but because of their origin, you wouldn’t wear them again? You may be able to consign these pieces. Depending on a few factors, including quality and style, we may be able to help you. Consignment is sure way to get the most out of your old pieces of jewelry when parting with them. Check with our gemologist to see if your pieces are eligible for consignment at Serengeti West!

Sell your gold for cash

Selling cash for scrap gold is an excellent way to make extra money. Some styles don’t age well, while other pieces may have broken over time. Because you may not be interested in wearing these designs again, they make an excellent option for scrap gold. Serengeti West is happy to purchase your gold, platinum, and more for cash. We even offer a 20% bonus when that value is used in store, toward a new purchase.

Restyle old sentimental pieces!

what do i do with my old jewelry

We’re all familiar with heirloom jewelry. Perhaps you own something that has been passed down but needs some work. Or, maybe you’d like to re purpose stones from an outdated piece. We can help!

Customer Erin visited us with an heirloom masonic ring.

“The ring originally belonged to my great grandmother’s second husband. The setting had just been sitting around in my mom’s jewelry box since my grandma passed away back in 2001. She came across it recently and asked whether my husband Ken would like to wear it, if we replaced the stone. It originally held a 2+ carat diamond that my uncle used to propose to a long-ago girlfriend, who later disappeared with the stone. Of course, I got excited right away because I knew he would be into the design and history of the ring. Plus, it’s the companion to my great-grandmother’s engagement ring, which is part of my wedding set now (and which you’re currently refurbishing as well!).”

“I wanted to keep the wonderful eagle head prongs intact. Janett came up with the idea of setting a bezel inside them…which happened to be the perfect size for the Chatham ruby from your collection! And a high-quality synthetic stone is totally period and style appropriate for the ring.
It turned out even more beautifully than expected. The bezel looks as seamless as though it had been original to the ring.
Bringing the ring back to life was such a fun experience from beginning to end, and I’m so happy to have a special family piece back in use!”

Visit us and allow us at 951 Monterey Street, San Luis Obispo, and we’ll show you the possibilities with your own jewelry!

How do i care for my engagement ring?

How Do I Care For My Engagement Ring?

how do i care for my engagement ring?
Serengeti West couple Mark and Mikayla were engaged in Banff, Alberta

Maybe you just got engaged (if so, congratulations), or perhaps you’ve had your ring for quite some time. Either way, you may be asking yourself “how do I care for my engagement ring”? Let Serengeti West help you learn some basic tips to keep your ring looking beautiful!

Have Your Engagement Ring Properly Sized

When asking yourself “How do I care for my engagement ring?” It’s very important to ensure that your ring is the right size for your finger. If your ring is too large (even by a small amount), it can turn. As a result, it sustain damage to prongs or channels that hold your stones in place. By having a professional size your finger and double check the size of your ring, you ensure that your ring will wear in the best way possible.

Have your Ring Professionally Cleaned Regularly

Most jewelry stores are happy to clean your ring for free. Because we have professional tools like an ultrasonic machine and commercial steamer, we are able to get jewelry cleaner than most can at home. Additionally, a jeweler will know what cleaning is safe for your ring, and what is not. A jeweler like Serengeti West can also check for wear and tear on your ring (and other jewelry) over time, alerting you if you need any repair work done. Ultimately, fine jewelry requires maintenance over time, just like a car.

Have Your Ring Appraised and Insured

Most would be incredibly sad if something happened to their engagement ring. Whether a small stone should fall out, it is lost, or perhaps stolen, you want to know you’ll be able to replace that ring. Because of this, it’s very important to have a proper jewelry appraisal completed and insurance taken out on your ring. Many homeowners policies have options for jewelry coverage. Or, Jeweler’s Mutual insurance is available; they only insure jewelry.

Come visit Serengeti West Fine Jewelers at 951 Monterey Street, San Luis Obispo and allow us to clean your ring for you. We’re happy to discuss your jewelry care concerns!

why do i need a jewelry appraisal

Why do I need a Jewelry Appraisal? Your Questions Answered

Jewelry Appraisal Services in San Luis Obispo

Serengeti West Fine Jewelers has been serving the San Luis Obispo area since 1985. As part of that service, we are honored to provide jewelry appraisal for your insurance needs.

Why do I Need a Jewelry Appraisal?

When you own fine jewelry, it’s important to make sure you have proper insurance. Because your treasure could become lost, stolen, or incur damage over the years, your insurance agency needs to know the details of your pieces. Without a current appraisal, your agency will have no way of knowing the current replacement value of your piece. That is, what it would cost to recreate your piece of jewelry.

How often should I have my jewelry appraised?

Every insurance agency will require appraisal at different intervals. Some may ask for updated paperwork every five years. Others will need new documentation every 10 years. You should check with your insurance agency to verify their policies to ensure you are compliant.

Why is it important to have an accurate Jewelry Appraisal?

Some jewelers may offer an inflated value of your purchase. We often hear “I only paid __________ dollars, but they said it was worth ______________.” It’s very important that you know the exact value of your jewelry. Because you wouldn’t want to over pay for insurance and you also wouldn’t want to be under covered, it’s very important to have a real replacement value.

How Can Serengeti West Help with my Appraisal?

Call us at (805) 546-8706 to schedule time for your appraisal. We offer appraisals beginning at a minimum of two items, with an ability to handle appraisals for estate purposes, insurance purposes, and more. Or, visit our store at 951 Monterey Street, San Luis Obispo and see for yourself! We’re happy to answer your jewelry appraisal questions.

eco friendly jewelry

Eco Friendly Jewelry: Tips for Shopping

Want to make sure you’re being kind to the environment when you purchase jewelry? Allow us to help with our handy eco friendly jewelry guide!

Estate jewelry is eco friendly jewelry

Eco friendly jewelry

Estate jewelry is one of the easiest ways to be eco friendly when shopping. There’s no better way to reduce and reuse than to give an old piece of jewelry new life. Because we maintain relationships with some of the best vintage jewelry brokers, we can source nearly anything. From mid century jewelry to Victorian, these pieces are a beautiful, sustainable option.

Seek ethically sourced materials

Ensuring materials are ethically sourced is important. We choose to work with companies like Stuller, which recycles up to 100% of the materials used in production. Additionally, they use sustainable refining practices and require their vendors maintain minimum social and economical standards

Everything old is new again

Our customer gave new life to her grandfather’s Masonic ring with a new stone

Have pieces of jewelry that you no longer wear? Is grandma’s cocktail ring simply not your style? Consider resetting your stones or restyling an old piece! Whether they’re precious or semi-precious gems, options abound for restyling your jewelry. Because you’ll be reusing some of the most important parts of your old jewelry, your environmental impact will be much less. Additionally, when you work with a jeweler that buys scrap gold, you can profit on outdated looks and broken pieces.

We invite you to visit our jewelry store to learn more about how we employ sustainable practices in our business!

How to choose a jeweler near me

Jewelers Near Me: How do I Choose?

Jewelry Stores Near Me: choosing the right one

“Jewelers Near Me” is a term frequently searched on the internet. Any shop that does a little search engine optimization can make sure they are seen. But how do you know which jeweler to pick? Allow us to help you get to the bottom of this very important topic!

Choose a jeweler with experience

When searching jewelers near me, it’s very important to choose a store that has a lot of experience. Jewelry is a very intricate industry, and a lot of specific information goes into the creation of a piece. Serengeti West Fine Jewelers has been operating in downtown San Luis Obispo for 34 years. We pride ourselves on enduring relationships with suppliers and customers alike.

Find a jeweler with a GIA Gemologist on staff

The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) was founded in 1931 and is a nonprofit organization dedicated to research and education in the field of gemology. GIA offers technical education for jewelry professionals, including their Applied Jewelry Professional, Gemologist, and Graduate Gemologist programs. As a result, a Gemologist receives training in identifying precious and semi-precious stones. Additionally, a Gemologist can provide appraisals for insurance purposes if they have received additional training.

Full-service jewelry repair

When choosing a jeweler, we suggest picking one that offers full-scale jewelry repair services. A jeweler that also offers repair will know your pieces better than anyone else. Because they know how these pieces were crafted, how they are wearing over time, and how you wear your jewelry, they’ll be able to help ensure the jewelry is properly maintained.

Custom Jewelry Design

A jeweler that offers custom jewelry is versatile. Because they can create pieces from scratch, they can match any idea you have. If your beloved uses Pinterest, you can have a piece made to match a pin.

Pick a Jeweler that buys gold

It’s always a good feeling to clean out your closet. The same thing goes for your jewelry box. Therefore, it’s good to choose a jeweler that will buy your scrap gold and platinum. You can trust them to pay top dollar for your old, dated pieces.

Still not sure who to choose? Stop by Serengeti West Fine Jewelers and meet our team. You’re sure to feel right at home!

Four tips for engagement ring shopping

Engagement Ring Shopping is Scary… or is it?

We hear it every day: I’ve never done this before, so I’m not sure what I’m doing. We get it. People don’t often buy a lot of engagement rings in one lifetime, many will only buy one. So where do you start when it comes to engagement ring shopping? How do you know you’re making the right decision? Come along with us as we give you some of our best advice to ensure you pick the piece that will make their eyes light up.

Determine your budget before engagement ring shopping

The least exciting part of the process is the first step- decide how much you can spend on your engagement ring. Will you want to pay cash? Perhaps you want to rack up some airline miles for that impending honeymoon? No matter how you want to pay for your engagement ring, everyone has a price point that they will be comfortable at. Think about your bills, savings, and any upcoming expenses you may have. Will you be funding your own wedding post engagement?

Take a look at the jewelry they already wear

One of our best pieces of advice is to take a look at the jewelry they already own. Is most of their jewelry yellow gold? Maybe everything they wear is a silver color? You can tell a lot about their preferences by looking at the pieces they already wear, so use that information to inform you as you shop for your engagement ring.

Ask their friends if they know anything

Engagement ring shopping is easy at Serengeti West!Everyone has a friend that they trust with top secret information- like “if I ever get an engagement ring, I hope it…” or “my ring size is…”. While that friend may not initiate a conversation with you about that information, they’ll typically spill the beans when asked. Even if your partner hasn’t said much about jewelry tastes to her nearest and dearest, friends are often excellent wing-people when it comes to getting the necessary information.

Buying a diamond? Learn about the Four C’s

Color, cut, clarity, and carat weight (known as the four c’s) are the how the jewelry industry categorize diamonds. Once you figure out where you’d like to be on the spectrum of each of these, you’ll be ready to start viewing a selection of diamonds. Some like a colorless diamond, while others may prefer a touch of body color. Others find the size of the diamond to be more important, while there are some that don’t particularly care. Before you begin shopping, have an idea what your beloved likes, what your budget will be, and be ready to learn a lot more about diamonds.

No matter what you want in an engagement ring, the trustworthy, experienced staff at Serengeti West Fine Jewelers can help you find the ring of your dreams. Call us today or visit us at 951 Monterey Street to learn more!