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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 Additionally, when you work with a jeweler that buys scrap gold, you can profit on outdated looks and broken pieces.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!

Jewelers 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!

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”.