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Opal Trunk Show

Posted by Preston on Wednesday, April 12th, 2017 at 3:43 pm

Friday, May 12thandSaturday, May 13th Here at K.Jons, we're famous for our opals. Join us on Friday, May 12th and Saturday, May 13th for a showing of a spectacular selection of loose opal stones an...

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William Henry Trunk Show

Posted by Preston on Tuesday, April 11th, 2017 at 4:37 pm

June 10th, 2017, 10am-3pm We are pleased to present the finest offerings from William Henry. Outstanding performance, superlative craftsmanship, and timeless elegance, these superb collections are...

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Ruby, Sapphire & Emerald

Posted by Preston on Wednesday, March 16th, 2016 at 2:16 pm

Friday, May 20th and Saturday, May 21st ONLY. We will have an impressive selection of loose gemstones and finished jewelry. - Mozambique Ruby - Sri Lanka Sapphire - Brazilian Emerald Meet Frank Far...

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Pamela Maxvill Receives Registered Jeweler

Posted by Preston on Tuesday, March 1st, 2016 at 9:28 am

(LAS VEGAS) Pamela Maxvill has recently received the title of Registered Jeweler of the American Gem Society.  By earning this prestigious title, Pamela has demonstrated extraor...

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Hundreds of Books Delivered in Tanzania

Posted by Preston on Wednesday, February 17th, 2016 at 5:10 pm

Last September, we put on a book drive to collect books to send to a school in Tanzania, Africa.  Our goal at the time was to fill one suitcase with 50 books.  Instead of 50, we were over...

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African Gemstone Event

Posted by Preston on Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015 at 5:31 pm

Award-winning Master Gemstone Cutter Roger Dery is back again this year with his gorgeous collection of spectacular gemstones.  Reserve your spot today for a seat at this year's "Round Table"....

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Book Drive for Kitarini Maasai Children's School

Posted by Preston on Thursday, August 27th, 2015 at 2:43 pm

K-Jon’s Fine Jewelers has an open suitcase for San Luis Obispo's Central Coast to fill with books to support the initiation of a library at the Kitarini Maasai Children’s School in...

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Jewelry Insurance

Posted by Preston on Tuesday, August 25th, 2015 at 4:03 pm

  Jewelry Insurance Is your jewelry insured?  If not, you may want to consider having it insured for loss/damage. Who can appraise jewelry?At K-Jon’s, we have four Graduate Gemol...

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Wine, Women & Shoes - RISE Fundraiser in Santa Margarita, CA

Posted by Preston on Tuesday, August 25th, 2015 at 3:54 pm

Wine Women & Shoes Santa Margarita, CA September 12, 2015, 1-5pm K-Jon's is proud to be the first sponsor for the RISE fundraiser Wine, Women, and Shoes being held on September 12 th at the ...

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Most Remarkable Jeweler of San Luis Obispo North County

Posted by Preston on Saturday, March 7th, 2015 at 11:57 am

Again this year, in 2015, K-Jon's Fine Jewelers was voted Most Remarkable Jeweler! Thank you to all our customers who voted for us.  This is a true contest, where residents of Atascadero, Pas...

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Sharing the Rough

Posted by Preston on Thursday, January 30th, 2014 at 12:13 pm

Roger Dery, expert gemstone cutter and host of our Wild African Gemstone Adventure, has finished filming in Africa!  Read more here.

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Sizing a Platinum Ring with a Laser Welder in Atascadero

Posted by Preston on Wednesday, February 13th, 2013 at 12:47 pm

Ever wonder how a Platinum ring is sized?  It is a complex and involved process.  However, at K-Jon's Fine Jewelers in Atascadero, we have state-of-the-art technology that keeps your d...

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What is a diamond and why do we plot?

Posted by Preston on Monday, August 20th, 2012 at 11:35 am

When leaving a ring or piece of jewelry for repair, an appraisal, or even a deep cleaning, a lot of our customers ask what we are doing when we examine the piece under the microsc...

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What is a Re-Prong?

Posted by Preston on Wednesday, January 18th, 2012 at 12:41 pm

What is the difference between a retip and reprong? Steve answers the question: Retipping is where there is still enough prong from the bottom of the head up to the stone to add...

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When was Synthetic Sapphire Invented?

Posted by Preston on Wednesday, January 11th, 2012 at 12:35 pm

Sapphires, both natural and synthetic, come in all colors of the rainbow! Synthetic (lab-grown) sapphires--along with many other stones--were first created in the late 1930s by ...

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What is an Appraisal?

Posted by Preston on Friday, October 7th, 2011 at 11:34 am

It is a good idea to have your diamond engagement ring appraised and insured. What's the difference between an appraisal price and a purchase/sale price? An Appraisal...

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Why are Diamond Prices Going Up?

Posted by Preston on Friday, August 26th, 2011 at 11:43 am

Why are diamond prices rising? Most of the reason is because of foreign markets--namely, China and India.  These countries are demanding more and more diamonds, and this risi...

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Preston Wallace Receives Graduate Gemologist

Posted by Preston on Thursday, August 4th, 2011 at 11:32 am

Preston poses for the camera, after receiving the title of Graduate Gemologist from GIA Preston Wallace of Atascadero, CA, has just received his Graduate Gemologist degree after...

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Why is my ring dented and scratched?

Posted by Preston on Thursday, May 26th, 2011 at 11:36 am

Every once in awhile, somebody comes to us with a ring that looks like it has been totally beat up.  Most of the time, they have no idea what happened to do so much damage and are shocked a...

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Preston Awarded Registered Jeweler

Posted by Preston on Tuesday, April 5th, 2011 at 11:17 am

Preston displays his Regsitered Jeweler certificate (LAS VEGAS) Preston Jay Wallace, of K-Jon's Fine Jewelers in Atascadero, was awarded the title of Registered Jeweler of the&n...

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Tungsten Carbide Breaks when Dropped

Posted by Preston on Tuesday, March 15th, 2011 at 11:50 am

Did you know tungsten carbide breaks when you drop it above concrete?  Watch this video for proof!

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Tungsten, Titanium, Chrome, Etc.

Posted by Preston on Friday, February 18th, 2011 at 12:40 pm

What is the difference between Titanium and Tungsten Carbide?  What is a Ceramic Ring?  How is Mokume Gane made?  These are all questions asked by those looking for a wedding ring...

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How to remove a tungsten ring

Posted by Preston on Wednesday, February 16th, 2011 at 12:49 pm

How do you remove a tungsten carbide ring when your finger swells?  If your finger swells too much, you certainly can't slide it off.  Tungsten is too hard to cut off, so you need to brea...

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What is Cobalt Chrome?

Posted by Preston on Monday, December 20th, 2010 at 12:39 pm

Cobalt Chrome wedding band from Lashbrook Cobalt Chrome is perfect for the customer who loves the look of a platinum band, but with a more affordable alternative. Cobalt chrome ...

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Changing a Yellow Ring to White

Posted by Preston on Wednesday, December 15th, 2010 at 12:42 pm

How do you change a yellow gold ring to white gold or silver? That's a question we hear in here quite a bit. There's really no easy answer to that. The only way to keep your ring and chang...

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Melting Point of a Diamond

Posted by Preston on Monday, October 11th, 2010 at 11:43 am

What's the melting point of a Diamond?  That's a tricky question, because diamonds do different things at different temperatures.  The first thing diamonds do in reaction to high heat ...

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How long should my watch battery last?

Posted by Preston on Wednesday, June 30th, 2010 at 3:24 pm

Many people ask the question, "How long should my watch battery last?"  This time varies, from watch to watch, but as a general rule, when a watch is new, it should last 2-3 years, but as they...

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How often should I get my ring cleaned?

Posted by Preston on Thursday, June 3rd, 2010 at 11:36 am

Many people ask us the question: "How often should I get my ring cleaned?" When it all comes down to it, mostly it depends on how beautiful you want your jewelry to be on a regular basis, but w...

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FREE Ear Piercing

Posted by Preston on Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010 at 11:39 am

You have bought 60,000lbs of food for those in need so far!  [learn more] K-Jon's is teaming up with the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo county to provide nutritious...

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Can Tungsten Break?

Posted by Preston on Tuesday, May 11th, 2010 at 3:34 pm

Many people wonder whether tungsten carbide can scratch, and many people think it's unbreakable.  Though it is resistant to scratching, tungsten carbide does scratch, and it can break.  I...

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Free gold value estimates

Posted by Preston on Friday, January 15th, 2010 at 12:35 pm

Don't get taken advantage of! Find out how much your gold is worth before you sell it! With all the gold buyers advertising their mail-in programs and traveling gold-buying shows, it's hard to ...

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Cash For Gold? Think Twice.

Posted by Preston on Wednesday, November 18th, 2009 at 12:41 pm

Many people come in asking about cash for gold. There are many internet and phone-order companies that say you can get fortunes for your jewelry. Even in San Luis Obispo county, there are jewele...

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Diamond Buying Guide - the 4 Cs

Posted by Preston on Monday, October 19th, 2009 at 11:50 am

Buying a diamond can be a significant purchase both emotionally and financially, but it doesn’t have to be intimidating. Here are four basic steps to ensure that the journey to find the perf...

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How much is your gold worth?

Posted by Preston on Thursday, August 27th, 2009 at 3:39 pm

Find out for yourself We get this question quite frequently: "How much is my gold worth?" People want to know. So here it is, laid out for you to calculate yourself. Of course, if you'd rather us ...

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What Does 14kt Mean?

Posted by Preston on Wednesday, August 12th, 2009 at 2:43 pm

14-karat gold--what does it mean? Is it the same as 24-karat gold? Is it real gold? Goodness, could it have something to do with those carats in diamonds? Questions like these plagued my mind ...

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Never Put Gold in Chlorine! Gold's Reaction to Chlorine.

Posted by Preston on Thursday, July 9th, 2009 at 11:44 am

In one of the jewelry classes I took, I heard a story about a lady who tried a new method of cleaning her jewelry: Bleach. With confidence and anticipation, she soaked her ring overnight in a sm...

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Gold Goes Green

Posted by Preston on Wednesday, June 17th, 2009 at 11:42 am

Remember that ring sitting in your jewelry box that you haven't worn in years? You know the one I'm talking about. It's collecting dust alongside its pendant counterpart that's SO last millennium. ...

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