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Vintage Engagement Rings: What You Need to Know

Vintage Engagement Ring

Love the look of vintage engagement rings? Enjoy minimizing your footprint, or giving old items new life? Perhaps you like knowing your jewelry has had a mysterious life before you owned it. Maybe you simply like the look of a bygone era. Whatever draws you to older jewelry, allow us to teach you a few basics before shopping!

Vintage Engagement Rings May Require Special Maintenance

It is very important to pay close attention to your antique jewelry. Because it is an older piece, it may have special details that require care. For instance, if your piece includes foil-backed diamonds, you shouldn’t submerge it in water. Be sure to ask the salesperson for important tips for wear before purchasing.

Victorian Engagement Ring

Pay close attention to the setting of your ring. If you choose an older engagement ring, certain aspects may have been worn down over time. Double check the prongs to ensure they are strong enough to hold stones in place. Also, inspect the shank (underside), as it may have become thin over time. Neither of these should dissuade you from purchasing the jewelry. However, you will likely want to address these issues before wearing the ring daily.

We are proud to carry a wide selection of estate jewelry. While we offer many options for your ideal engagement ring, we can show you even more. Because of our relationship with brokers, we are able to obtain pieces to your specification. Looking for a Victorian engagement ring? We’re on the case! Prefer a platinum art deco beauty? No worries! Let us know your budget and timeline and we’ll do the rest.

We invite you to visit us at our downtown San Luis Obispo jewelry store. We are located at 951 Monterey Street, San Luis Obispo. Or, contact us with any questions you may have, we’re happy to help!

Visit our Downtown SLO Jewelry Store – a One-Stop Shop!

Downtown SLO Jewelry Store Serengeti West

Downtown SLO Jewelry Store

Looking for a Downtown SLO Jewelry Store? No trip to San Luis Obispo is complete without a stop at Serengeti West Fine Jewelers! Why Serengeti West? Because we offer full-service jewelry repair. Additionally, we carry a wide selection of diamond and gemstone pieces. Finally, we stock creative designs from artisans such as Steven Battelle and Michael Jensen.

Nestled among the Downtown SLO Stores of Monterey Street, Serengeti West has been in business for 34 years. In that time, we have developed a reputation for honesty, value, and friendliness. Whether you are shopping for an engagement ring or a small gift, our staff is happy to help. That is to say, we will work with your budget to help you find the best option.

Perhaps you are looking for a Downtown SLO Jewelry Store that offers repair? We are proud to be one of the only stores that offer full-suite jewelry repair. Our expert jeweler will not only mend your jewelry but also diagnose any additional issues. We pride ourselves on transparent work. Because of this, we invite you to ask any questions you may have. It is our goal to ensure that you are educated on your jewelry and its maintenance.

Custom Jewelry in San Luis Obispo

If custom jewelry is what you seek, look no further. Our staff is proficient at the custom design process. To begin, we will work with you to assess the design aesthetic you prefer. Next, we will sketch out the design. From here, the design is rendered in CAD. You will have the opportunity to make any changes you require. Once changes are made, we grow a wax, giving you the opportunity to see and feel the design. You will again have the chance to make changes. After this, when you have approved the final wax, your custom piece of jewelry is cast and delivered.

We look forward to welcoming you to our store, and hope you will visit us at 951 Monterey Street, San Luis Obispo.

Your Jewelry Repair Questions Answered!

Serengeti West Fine Jewelers has been in business for 34 years. In that time, we’ve received a lot of questions. Some of these jewelry repair questions come up again and again, so we’d like to take some time to share the answers with you.

Jewelry Repair Questions

Why is my white gold ring turning yellow?

There’s no such thing as naturally occurring white gold. In fact, all white gold begins as yellow gold. The white appearance is created by adding alloys (other metals) and dipping in a rhodium solution. Because newer blends of white gold are more advanced, these pieces may not need as much refreshing as their older counterparts. If your white gold jewelry seems to be “warming” or appearing less brilliant white, we can help! A small rhodium plating will do the trick and have your piece of jewelry looking like new in no time.

Can you size my ring?

The short answer is yes, we can size your ring. While there are some exceptions to the rule, we provide this service hundreds of times each year. Some things to know: we’ll want to size your finger. If you’re swollen or your finger has been irritated, we may want to measure a few times before settling on your final size. Also, we’ll want to give you an accurate quote as many qualities may impact the price. An example of these may be the metal it is made out of (platinum, 14 karat gold, 18 karat gold, sterling silver), how many stones it has, if it is an infinity ring, and more. Because each ring is unique we must see it in person in order to properly quote the repair.

A stone fell out of my engagement ring! Can you help?

Before you panic, know that this is something we encounter frequently. Because of the small nature of today’s micro pave rings, it’s not uncommon to have very small stones fall out from time to time. It is relatively inexpensive to repair this, so stop in and talk with one of our associates to learn more and get a customized estimate. We are able to use loose diamonds to perfectly match your existing stones. Also, know that professional ring cleanings are free and allow us to spot any issues with your stones or jewelry before they become a problem.

Jewelry Repair Questions Answered: How Long Will my Repair Take?

It should be noted that (like most in the jewelry business) we do not offer on-the-spot repair. Because jewelry is a precise art, we need to have proper time to address any issues and ensure quality work. On average, our repairs take seven to 10 days. It should be noted that some things can impact this schedule. Custom work, complicated jobs, or holiday schedules can cause this time to vary. Additionally, delayed acceptance of an estimate after it has been delivered can cause the process to slow down as well. Feel free to visit us in person at 951 Monterey Street, San Luis Obispo to find out about your specific jewelry repair and ask any questions you may have!

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!