This blog post is brought to you by Julie of Juler's Row who recently visited Corona del Mar in California and did some Gem Gossip Correspondent work by visiting two local jewelry stores in the area. Let's take a look at what she found:
William Harold & Sons
From the moment I saw this store’s Instagram feed I knew I had to make a trip; it was well worth it. Located in the heart of Newport Beach, William Harold & Sons is walking distance from the beach, marinas, and some of the best restaurants. William Harold and his brother started a jewelry repair and manufacturing business in 1946 in St. Louis, Missouri. After a vacation to Southern California in 1960, William Harold decided to move his company to “The Golden State” where his repair business continued to grow, including clients such as Robinsons, Sears, and Zales. The storefront calls The Balboa Peninsula home where William’s son, Tim Harold is the store owner and William’s grandson, Tim Harold Jr. is the store manager. William Harold & Sons has the expertise of William Jr., a master gold and platinum smith with over 45 years of experience. The store has an absolutely amazing selection of estate pieces; a favorite from the trip was a stunning Tiffany & Co., Tsavorite Garnet and Diamond ring.
Corona del Mar Jewelry Consignment
When I came across Corona del Mar Jewelry Consignment I had very high hopes for what was in store. The shop is located on the side of Highway 1, which runs the length of the California Coast and provides some of the best scenery you can imagine. Max Gilland, the shop owner, has been in the jewelry business for over 35 years, starting his career selling gemstones across the U.S. under the name Gem World Inc. and then opening Corona del Mar Jewelry Consignment in 2004. The shop provided a great selection of estate jewelry ranging in period as well as price point. I was completely taken by the two Retro, ruby and diamonds rings as well as a yellow gold horse bracelet that I had a very hard time leaving behind.