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Do you ever have the desire to go back in time, to see the jewelry being made and worn by everyone?


Absolutely. The pieces all have a history to them. Engraving sometimes can indicate who [the jewelry] was for, the sentiment behind it. For instance, right now we have a Victorian ring, a memorial piece. A woman died when she was 86 years old and the ring was made in her memory.


Do you have a favorite story or customer that comes to mind?


Once there was a lady in Florida who sent us a ring. She put it in a regular envelope. It was a diamond ring and we appraised it at $10,000. I called her back and she decided to have us sell it on consignment. It sold. She had no idea how much it was worth. She just put it in an envelope ... She didn’t realize it was that expensive.


There are many jewelry stores in Santa Bar- bara and Montecito, some that are more high profile. What attracted you to working in Carpinteria at Peggy’s?


I was looking for a position in the early 1990s. Peggy Euller, the founder, found out that I was available. We held a couple of meetings and I was hired.


In Carpinteria, there are only a few companies compared to Santa Barbara and Montecito. Here we’re well-known for our estate jewelry ... Here, we’re the only show in town.


Any advice for those who may have antique or other valuable jewelry not in use? Bring it to a graduate gemologist. Most of the time people with the same kind of knowledge that I have can help you. They can direct you to create a new piece of jewelry or tell you if [the piece contains] gemstones or synthetics. They will be able to identify their jewelry.


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 The marquise and pear shaped diamonds in this plati- num brooch weigh 2.5 karats. The piece is circa 1950s.


 The origin of these matching 18 karat gold, diamond and ruby rings is unknown. Both have 1888 engraved in


them.


 Baguette and round diamonds encircle the half-karat emerald on this platinum ring. The piece is from the 1960s.


 This man’s ring is circa 1900. It was custom made with a ruby, emerald, diamond, and sapphire and 18 karat gold.


 Cabochon emeralds, diamonds, mabe pearls, and pear shaped sapphires in 18 karat gold make up these dangling


earrings.


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