How many goldsmiths are practicing their craft in San Diego? The answer: not a lot, let alone master goldsmiths who have 50 years of combined experience under their belt. That is why Jewels on 5th is such a treasure to behold. Owner Julie Harris and Emmanuel Himmelberger have been working with gold for the last three decades. It has only been recently that the partners set up shop in Hillcrest’s business complex (the one with the movie theatres on 5th Avenue). Not only does Jewels on 5th specialize in making custom men and women’s jewelry, but they have also converted their small space into a repair station and art gallery, with painting by local artists adorning their walls. Jewels on 5th presents its wares proudly under handcrafted glass display cases, including the gold necklace that won Himmelberger his ninth best in show award at the Del Mar Fair in 2010. As some of the last goldsmiths to be working in San Diego, Harris and Himmelberger have let their imaginations loose when it comes to fashioning custom rings, necklaces, and cuff links. Name the design and they will create a masterpiece based on your needs and accompanied by their spark of creativity. Often the pair can make a customized ring in 2-3 days and have a number of pieces that are $100 or less. Jewels on 5th might be new to the neighborhood yet the store fits right in with the elegance and originality reflected in the work. When you want to give your loved ones a truly original gift made with gold or have a one-of-a-kind ring when you pop the big question, Jewels on 5th is the one place to rule above all others.
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Every jewelry piece of La Sirena Silver incorporates sterling silver. Some pieces are pure sterling silver while others have the addition of different gems and stones, giving each piece a unique look. There is jewelry encased in beautiful wooden cabinets, underneath the lights of glassed-in showcases or hanging from different displays throughout the store. The turquoise with sterling silver pieces remain one of the most popular among customers and different styles that include this southwest trend can be found throughout the store. Each turquoise ring displayed has a slightly different cut or shape making each ring one of a kind for the shopper. The décor of the store is vibrant with high ceiling lighting and multi-colored painted furniture on which the jewelry is displayed. In addition to the necklaces, bracelets and rings that are available, the store carries brightly woven pashminas, home ornaments and wind chimes, many of which are displayed along their outside walls and doors. Employee, Elizabeth, who has been working at the store for two years, says she loves when new stuff comes in, making it hard for her not to want always be buying something for herself.
I have been coming to W&G for over 10 years to get my jewelry repaired, appraised, engraved, or custom designed. They are incredibly affordable. So much so, that you can bring in a piece of jewelry you may not "love" and turn it into something you will. They give you all your options so you can decide how much or how little you actually want to spend. Don't go to the mall to get your jewelry repaired - they will charge you an arm and a leg. The fancy jewelers aren't going to be much better. I have been going to W&G for so long, I had no idea how much money other jeweler charge. A friend of mine was quoted $100 to have a ring rhodium plated (a process that will make yellow gold look like white gold or even platinum). When I took this same ring to W&G they charged only $15! I don't have too many examples of how much you can save... because I always go straight to them. They also do re-stringing for pearl or beaded necklaces. Their appraisals are a fraction of how much other places charge. I am constantly recommending them to people... and bringing in repairs for all my friends and family.