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Michael Jensen

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Meet Michael Jensen Designs

Michael Jensen Designs is comprised of husband and wife team Michael and Catherine Jensen. This duo creates beautiful, unexpected jewelry. Michael is a BFA graduate of the University of Wisconsin Whitewater. While in college, Michael studied sculpture and completed an apprenticeship in metalsmithing. It is easy to see the inclusion of sculpture technique in his jewelry.

Michael Jensen

Catherine was raised abroad. Her international experiences introduced her to the worlds of archaeology and museums. Because of this, she experienced some of the finest jewelry and art. Catherine is a GIA Graduate Gemologist and brings extensive gem knowledge to the partnership. Coupled with Michael’s expertise in metalwork and sculpting, they are a dynamic duo.

Michael and Catherine call New Mexico home. Certainly, the landscape of the southwest inspires them. You’ll notice clean, simple lines in these designs. They prefer to incorporate recycled metals and natural stones. Equally important are their attention to detail, craftsmanship, and originality.

One interesting aspect of their design is the VETUS texture. The sterling silver portions of their jewelry have a unique finish. Specifically, this texture mimics the finish of architectural ruins. This design aesthetic speaks to nature’s presence in the ancient world. You’re unlikely to see anything quite like it from other designers.

Michael Jensen Designs prefers to use natural stones. That is to say, they avoid using enhanced or treated gems whenever possible. Frequently, the jewelry includes crystal, cabochon, or faceted gems. They are certain to disclose any color-treated stones when used.

Now Available in San Luis Obispo

Serengeti West Fine Jewelers is proud to be the San Luis Obispo home of Michael Jensen Designs. Whether you shop our ready-to-wear collection or prefer to custom design a piece, we can help. Visit us at 951 Monterey Street, San Luis Obispo Tuesday through Saturday. Or, contact us to learn how to create your own treasure.

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A Jewelry Store Near Me: Picking the Best

Jewelry Store Near Me: choosing a jeweler

It’s hard to know where to look when searching for a “jewelry store near me”. Looking for a trusted jeweler with experience is the most important factor.

Serengeti West Fine Jewelers has been in business since 1985. What began as a resource for the best in gemstones and fine jewelry has grown to become so much more. We are proud to assist our customers with all of their jewelry care needs.

Engagement Rings at a Jewelry Store Near Me

Shopping for an engagement ring? There is no better place to begin than our store! Our collection of loose diamonds, semi mountings, and wedding bands is second to none. Because we work with a wide variety of suppliers, we are able to source virtually any style of engagement jewelry on the market.

We are happy to offer jewelry in yellow gold, rose gold, white gold, and platinum. Additionally, we offer jewelry in alternative metals when available. Furthermore, we can offer jewelry in a variety of karats- from 14 karat to high karat gold. Your imagination is your only limit.

Additional Offerings

Our jewelry store is also happy to offer full-suite repair. Our jeweler performs repairs in-house and provides work of the highest quality. Whether you need a ring sized, prongs repaired, or something more complex, be sure to consult with our team for all of your repair needs.

Serengeti West also offers fashion jewelry brands such as Waxing Poetic and Pyrrha. These brands are made from materials such as sterling silver, bronze, and brass, making them an excellent value for the price point. Additionally, we are able to order specific pieces from these lines that may not currently be featured within our store.

We also offer estate jewelry. A constantly revolving selection, our collection features a variety of eras, metals, and precious stones. You never know what you’ll find in our estate case! Be sure to check back frequently to see the latest additions.

Selling Your Jewelry

Ready to sell some of your outdated jewelry? We can help! Our store is happy to buy scrap gold and platinum. We pay top dollar for old jewelry, dental gold, broken jewelry, and more. Be sure to ask an associate for more information.

Additionally, we offer consignment services for our customers. If we are confident that your pieces are the sort that our clientele would appreciate, we will happily list them for sale. Our staff gemologist will evaluate your pieces and tell you what we believe we can sell them for. From there, you will know exactly your profit margin (once the piece sells).

Appraisal services are available. Our GIA gemologist will help you understand further detail of your jewelry while providing written documentation. An appraisal is necessary for insurance purposes and should be kept up to date for the best coverage possible.

We are proud to be considered the best jeweler in San Luis Obispo. Whether you live in Nipomo or Paso Robles, we invite you to take the trip to visit us in person and see our selections.

Our store is located at the corner of Monterey and Morro in downtown San Luis Obispo. While we are a small jewelry store, the depth of our offerings is quite extensive. Contact us for more information!

Steven Battelle Jewelry: Shop our Newest Collection

Steven Battelle Jewelry

Serengeti West Fine Jewelers is proud to feature Steven Battelle jewelry. An artisan from Soquel, California, Battelle is a true craftsman. You will find small, historic details throughout his work because he is inspired by ancient cultures. For instance, Steven Battelle‘s rose cut diamond earrings include a dainty twist motif.

Steven Battelle jewelry uses high karat gold, such as 18 karat gold. 18 karat gold is purer than 14 or 10 karat. Additionally, 18 karat gold has a more yellow appearance. Many gemstones look beautiful next to this yellow gold.

Our collection includes black diamonds, rustic colored diamonds, and gemstones. We think aquamarine looks especially beautiful in Battelle’s designs. Moreover, it’s important to know we stock a broad selection of this jewelry. That is to say, we offer earrings, rings, and necklaces.

It is important to note that Battelle also enjoys ancient coins. You can find pieces with Greek and Roman coins in his collection. Please inquire if you would like to purchase a coin piece.

Additionally, Steven Battelle offers wedding bands. Furthermore, we could commission engagement rings from this designer. If you enjoy Battelle’s unique approach to jewelry, allow us to help you customize a ring. Your finished project will surely be just what you want.

Please visit us at 951 Monterey Street, San Luis Obispo, to see these designs in person. Or, you can contact us with any questions you may have.

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!

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!

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!

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”.