This scrumptious piece of jewelry may be found at Estate Jewelers of South Pasadena, which is tucked in a corner across from the ever-alluring but usually saved for splurging Bristol Farms. Stare down the sun in your eyes as your walk south across the parking lot to your car and seek out the floor to ceiling windows. Behold the series of window displays that are like little jewel heavens. A buzz will let you in and suddenly the sun is gone, but treasures twinkle and shine all around you.
Owner Vartan Kazanjian is dressed to match the grade of his goods, greeting us with a warm handshake and offering us coffee, which comes in a beautifully delicate pink china cup and saucer.
Mr. Kazanjian and his employees Melissa and Marcus present a mix of professionalism and hospitality. He wants ladies to feel comfortable and welcome as they peruse his thoughtfully acquired valuables.
Mr. Kazanjian emigrated from Armenia when he was 18 years old and has been in the jewelry business for twenty-five years, initially buying and trading wholesale goods. For the last 5½ years, Mr. Kazanjian has attended estate sales and antique shows all over the country to find unique pieces for his store, searching meticulously for “value buys” in order that he may offer his pieces to his customers at an affordable price.
Estate Jewelers opened in the midst of the economy depression of 2008, but Mr. Kazanjian was confident that with his vast experience and connections, as well as the location of his shop in South Pasadena, that he could offer the right prices in a new economy.
He admits to a penchant for mid-century modern pieces, and especially Art Deco, but we were shown stunning modern pieces as well as ones dating back to the 1840s.
So, whether it’s a Micromosaic cuff bracelet, circa 1880, that you think will match your upcoming holiday outfit or you’re leaning towards a more modern 1920s Art Deco pendant with onyx, jade, and diamonds, come and stroll into Estate Jewelers of South Pasadena. The air is inviting, the pace relaxed and unrushed, the coffee rich and delicious, and the history of jewelry laid out all around you. Enjoy.
Estate Jewelers is a full service jeweler performing complicated and delicate repairs on all of your treasures and we service all types of clocks and watches, from the simplest of quartz watches to the more complicated chronographs. On site appraisals are also a specialty. (Estate-JewelersofSouthPasadena.com)
Estate Jewelers of South Pasadena, 700 S. Fair Oaks Ave., 91030. 626.441.0621. Estate-JewelersofSouthPasadena.com.
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