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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.

Steven Battelle Now Available at Serengeti West

Steven Battelle

Steven Battelle is a jewelry designer based in Soquel, California. (Soquel is located in Santa Cruz County). A trip to Southeast Asia in 1987 inspired his preliminary interest in jewelry. Interestingly, he was fascinated by the ancient cultures of Majapahit Java and pre-European Siam. Ultimately, he departed his career in veterinary medicine after this trip.

Steven Battelle uses a variety of materials in the creation of his jewelry. This collection is crafted from materials such as high karat gold and gemstones. His jewelry spans a variety of items. This includes rings, pendants, earrings and more. Likewise, Serengeti West’s history with rare gemstones makes this an ideal partnership. Furthermore, Battelle creates pieces with ancient coins. These pieces are a nod to Greek and Roman civilizations. Most notably, Battelle works with Balinese artisans in the creation of his jewelry. This ensures both traditional techniques and modern technology are employed. Battelle cites a passion for cabochon stones. Cabochon is a term that means “unfaceted”. However, our collection includes rose cut gemstones as well.

For San Luis Obispo shoppers, Steven Battelle’s collection is found only at Serengeti West. Our collection is carefully curated. Serengeti West offers a collection of rings by Battelle. Additionally, we have a selection of earrings and pendants available. We are also able to commission custom pieces. If you enjoy Battelle’s style, you’ll find what you’re looking for. Your piece is sure to be everything you dream of.

Shop Steven Battelle at Serengeti West

Finally, we invite you to join us at our Downtown San Luis Obispo Jewelry Store. Our staff is happy to help you experience this collection for yourself. We are located at 951 Monterey Street, San Luis Obispo. Or, contact us to learn more about this incredible collection. We hope to see you soon!

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 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!

Jewelry Gifts Under $300

The holidays are almost here, and while some people enjoy shopping for everyone on their list, others are at a loss for what to do. Not to worry, we’ve got amazing jewelry gifts under $300 that will make everyone happy!

Jewelry Gifts Under $300

Jewelry Gifts Under $300 Black Spinel Necklace

Photo by Amanda Zippi

72 Inch Black Spinel Chain

This necklace is the perfect gift for anyone in your life that loves the look of layering. 72 inches of black spinel that can be worn short or long, it features four pear-shaped pieces that add additional texture and dangle beautifully. The necklace is connected using gold filled pieces. Above all, it looks great with casual or elegant outfits.

This piece retails for $162.50

Gold Filled Druzy Necklace

Jewelry Gifts Under $300 Gold Filled Druzy Quartz Necklace

Photo by Amanda Zippi

Druzy is what we call sparkly crystals that appear on minerals, much like what you see on the inside of a geode. They’re beautiful and intricate, but not as expensive as many gemstones you may see. This quartz druzy hangs from an intricate gold filled chain that measures 21 inches from clasp to clasp. Certainly, this would make a beautiful gift for someone who enjoys nature, likes to wear unique “conversation piece” type jewelry, or has a bohemian look.

This necklace is available for $125.00

Earrings

Labradorite EarringsThese custom labradorite earrings are an incredible statement piece. Wrapped in black silver, they feature large faceted pear-shaped labradorite pieces that measure roughly 27 millimeters by 16 millimeters. They’re versatile and can be worn with jeans and a sweater or a cocktail dress and perfectly complete the look.

They retail for $195.00

Additionally, a pair of sterling silver hoops would make a great stocking stuffer. Ranging from 1″ to 2.25″ in diameter, these earrings start as low as $27.00

Rose Quartz Ring

Rose Quartz Ring in Sterling SilverRose quartz is a beautiful pink stone that has been worn for ages. One of our favorite affordable gifts is this rose quartz ring in sterling silver. Because it is a light pink, it will pair brilliantly with nearly any outfit. It’s available for just $80.00.

Join us this holiday season to see more of our great jewelry gifts under $300. We are located at 951 Monterey Street, San Luis Obispo. We look forward to meeting you!

18 karat yellow gold grey diamond engagement ring

Beautiful Engagement Rings under $2,500

Shop Our Collection of Engagement Rings under $2,500

In these times of mortgages, student loan payments, and rising costs of planning a wedding, spending three months’ salary on an engagement ring may not be practical for everyone. Lucky for us, anything goes in engagement rings these days, meaning two things for you when you’re ready to pop the question: your options are nearly limitless, and creativity can help you get the most bang for your buck. Follow along as Serengeti West helps you check out stunning rings under $2,500.

Natural Colored Diamond Rings

Rose cut rustic grey diamond engagement rings

Rose cut rustic grey diamond engagement ring

Natural colored diamonds are a great option for couples who are a little less mainstream, but still want the lasting symbolism of a diamond. Rustic grey diamonds have a gorgeous body color that wears well in gold, and looks great with nearly any wardrobe. In this instance, we’ve set a 1.07 carat rose cut diamond in 18 karat yellow gold with a slight hammered finish. This beauty is a statement all its own.

More is Less

Natural Brown colored diamonds rose cut engagement rings

Natural bourbon colored diamonds. Photo courtesy of Jeffrey San Juan

Focusing on a few stones (as opposed to centralizing all of the carat weight in one stone) can help keep costs down. Our bourbon colored five-diamond ring boasts a whopping 1.73ctw of rose cut diamonds. Each diamond is bezel-set in 14 karat gold, giving each stone its own place to sparkle.

Halo Engagement Rings

White Gold Engagement Rings San Luis Obispo

.33 carat round brilliant halo engagement ring

Find yourself more of a traditionalist? Not to worry, there’s a lot that will appeal to classic styles. Halo-style engagement rings are incredibly popular, because they add a little extra sparkle to any solitaire. Take our .33 carat round brilliant cut diamond, enveloped by .22 carat total weight diamond halo; priced at just under $2,000 it gives tremendous sparkle without breaking the bank.

Estate Engagement Rings

Engagement Rings Under $2,500

Edwardian engagement ring

Estate jewelry can be a beautiful value. Maybe you’re ready to have an heirloom piece cleaned up and sized for the next generation. Or, perhaps you would prefer to purchase an estate piece to start new traditions. Whatever your motivation, we’ve got just what you need. Our 18 karat white gold Belle Epoque engagement ring features delicate filigree details and a .31 carat diamond in the center. This beauty would have nearly anyone saying “yes”.

Ready to pop the question? Stop by and talk with some of our staff and let us help you navigate the path to your own “I do”.