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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.

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.

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!

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?

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!

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”.