In an age of national banks, chain restaurants, and big-box retailers, Orange County's jewelry scene remains stubbornly local. Although some old favorites like Galt's are gone, many of Orange County's most respected jewelers are family-owned shops. Many of the owners have gems in their blood: Their fathers or grandfathers taught them the business. It helps that these stores aren't fly-by-night, because the key to buying jewelry is finding someone you trust.
The jewelers listed below, from our research of the Orange Country independent jewelry stores, have been providing some of the best service and product selection to the local communities they serve for decates. They are solid competitors to the online stores and in fact you will not find the majority of the products found in these stores online. And of course the service will not be even close.
At Simone & Son every piece of jewelry is truly a family affair - from theirs to yours! With a team of master craftsmen with decades of experience, GIA certification and CAD/CAM design they can pretty much build everything you dream of and more. Commitment to the highest standards is ingrained into every piece and whether you want an appraisal, have a question about a gem, or need just the right information about jewelry, you’ll find a knowledgeable member of the trade at Simone & Son ready to help.
Princess Bride Diamonds is a family owned jewelry store unlike any other. Husband and wife, Trans and Lisa Baca, started their business in 1984. They believe that clients should be treated as a family and these relationships should go beyond the sale. This idea has become the foundation supporting the comfortable and inviting atmosphere that we strive to provide at Princess Bride Diamonds. They specialize in making engagement rings and fine jewelry that are handcrafted with no less than colorless and eye clean diamonds. It is Trans Baca’s first priority to make diamond buying an enjoyable experience for all customers.
In the summer of 1900, jeweler Arthur William Ballard moved his family from the plains of Omaha to the growing city of Los Angeles, where he opened a small retail shop. Setting up in what would become the Jewelry District of downtown Los Angeles, Ballard and Ballard became Southern California trailblazers. In 1997, they realized the Jewelry District in downtown Los Angeles had gone downhill in relation to overall quality and reliable integrity. Wanting to do better for their customers in a safer environment, the Ballard brothers chose to make a historic move to Orange County. Today, Ballard and Ballard’s super showroom is located on Brookhurst Street in the City of Fountain Valley. The Ballard brothers have become known by their clients as the Mayors of the Jewelry District in Fountain Valley and Huntington Beach.
Family-owned and operated for three generations, Fredric H. Rubel Jewelers offers only the finest luxury brands of jewelry in Southern California. Founded in 1928 by Fredric's parents Rose and Barney in San Bernardino, California, the Rubel family established a reputation of offering exceptional jewelry, timepieces and giftware with professional and courteous service. The Rubels are proud members of the American Gem Society and five of their associates hold the coveted title of Certified Gemologist Appraiser. Fredric H. Rubel Jewelers is noted for classic hand fabricated designer jewelry in platinum or gold, Ideal-cut diamonds, and fine timepieces.
Traditional Jewelers is located at the Fashion Island shopping center in Newport Beach, CA. Founded in 1975, Traditional Jewelers was purchased by Hyde Park Jewelers in 2012. The store recently moved to a new location within the shopping center, doubling its size and upgrading its brand presence. The store features four unparalleled shop-in-shops, including Rolex, Patek Philippe, Cartier and Officine Panerai. This new jewelry store developed with great success and became the first "Cartier Corner" on the West Coast. As the Half Acres continued to add high-end lines to their collection, their business grew rapidly, necessitating expansion. In 1991, Traditional Jewelers moved to Fashion Island, where they remain today. Here, Traditional Jewelers showcases 20 of the top timepiece brands and the finest jewelry designer names of the world. These brands include Patek Philippe, Rolex, Audemars Piguet, Cartier, Breitling, Chanel, Shamballa, Roberto Coin and Kwiat Diamonds and many more.
Twila True Fine Jewelry is a unique destination nestled within the glittering enclave of Newport Beach, California. Inspired by its namesake, the boutique specializes in marrying time honored traditions of the past with jewelry and gifts for today’s luxury connoisseur. With a team of jewelers practiced in old world craftsmanship and Twila’s vision for the future, Twila True Fine Jewelry is a place where modern jewelry fantasies come true. Whether seeking an heirloom masterpiece destined to last through generations or custom creations akin to works of art, they strive to provide an experience that is nothing short of magical.
Quality, Value and Expert Advice are the cornerstones of their business. They believe on remaining as transparent and genuine as possible with their customers. Since 2005, Brax Jewelers has built relationships with thousands of customers and served their jewelry shopping needs. Whether you’re an experienced jewelry shopper, or need some assistance, you will find exactly what you are looking for, at a great value and at the highest quality.
Liberty Diamonds was established by David Lob in 1982 when David relocated his young family to the States from South Africa. After 40 years in business you know you'll be working with a team that has been through the ups downs and has thrived thru providing excellent service to the community. David is still cutting diamonds and helping customers choose beautifully cut diamonds. Liberty Diamonds started in the industry as a diamond wholesale and cutting firm and slowly moved into retail through referrals.