WELCOME TO ACE OF DIAMONDS
Dealers of Fine Jewelry and Custom Design Est. 1983
We are G.I.A.Graduate Gemologists, A.G.S. Certified Gemologist, Experts in Diamonds, Colored Gemstones and Pearls. We are dealers of fine jewelry in platinum and gold, are able to manufacture dazzling custom designs.
We specialize in offering only the finest cuts in diamonds; AGS Triple Zeros and GIA Triple Excellents.
Expert Jewelry appraisals done while you wait (in most cases).
We are proud members of the American Gem Society, a non profit trade association of fine jewelry professionals dedicated to setting, maintaining and promoting the highest standards of ethical conduct and professional behavior through education, annual recertification of its entire membership.
We are thankful for you to visit our site and see who we are. We hope to meet and look forward to help you with your jewelry needs.
WHAT STARTED AS A HOBBY, BECAME A CAREER AND A DREAM COME TRUE
Bio of Rod and Chris Miyata
As a youngster, Rod collected rock specimens but it was in high school that Rod discovered a real interest in jewelry, taking several jewelry making class. At UCLA, Rod was pursuing a career in Psychology but there was something missing. Rod did graduate from UCLA with a B.A. degree in Psychology but in searching for a new path, he discovered Gemology at the Gemological Institute of America.
Chris worked in at a retail jewelry store for many years, but she felt she needed more expert knowledge so she enrolled at the GIA. As fate would have it, Chris and Rod enrolled in the same class, they both graduated with a Graduate Gemologist degree.
After graduation, Rod and Chris went different paths in the jewelry industry. Rod went into jewelry appraising, Chris went back into retail jewelry sales, armed with a gemological degree. After a while, neither felt satisfied with their direction, decided to combine their skills and knowledge and opened their dream jobs-becoming owners of Ace of Diamonds jewelry store in West LA in 1983. The Ace of Diamonds thrived in business for over 15 years at this location, then moved to an upstairs office in Culver City for over 19 years. Now in their NEW third location still located in Culver City, they continue their pursing their passions and fulfilling their dreams.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
ABOUT JEWELRY REPAIR
We know you may have many questions about your jewelry repair.
We take pride in our repair work and stand behind it. Be careful of some places that will quote a low estimate to lure you into their place only to have a much higher price.
We want you to have a very satisfactory experience, being able to trust us with your precious jewelry and to do the work right.
HOW MUCH TO SIZE MY RING?
Each ring is unique, there is no one standard charge because of a variety of different factors when sizing a ring; if it's going up or down in size, the color and metal type, if there are any diamonds or gemstones that may need their setting(s) tightened, should it get loose in the sizing process.
We need to physically inspect your jewelry to give you a more accurate estimate for sizing.
[Emailing a photo, can help but it's impossible to accurately assess the work until it's physically inspected]
PLEASE NOTE-not all jewelers are equal, it's FAR from this because of expertise. It's not wise to shop for the lowest price since many times a very low price quote may signal someone not qualified to work on your jewelry or will bait you to come in and then quote you the REAL price, much higher.
We always do repairs the right way-we don't cut corners and do work that's just "good enough or cheap."
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO REPAIR MY JEWELRY?
Each repair is unique, some are very easy, others may present more challenges.
Most jewelry repairs will take 4-6 business days from start to finish.
Especially when sizing a ring down that has diamonds or gemstones on it, it may need extra work done because sometimes stones will get loose in sizing; prongs may need to be tightened which will take longer to finish.
DO YOU REPAIR SILVER JEWELRY? OR COSTUME JEWELRY?
We specialize in both Gold and Platinum manufacturing and repairs, also Sterling Silver. Keep in mind-labor costs for repairs can exceed the value of certain Sterling Silver pieces unless it's a very heavy piece, unique, rare or a treasured family heirloom. Repairing a Sterling Silver item may not always be cost effective.
In many cases we can repair broken Costume Jewelry whereas others cannot. With the advancements in laser machines, we can repair with pinpoint soldering instead of a traditional gas torch to repair costume jewelry. Keep in mind, most costume jewelry is not very expensive so the repairs costs will most likely exceed the value of the piece.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
There are many types of jewelry appraisals, the most common are:
Insurance, Estate (when someone passes), and a Fair Market Value (when you want to assess the value to sell)
WHAT KIND OF JEWELRY APPRAISALS DO YOU OFFER?
There are many different types of jewelry appraisals; the most common are-Insurance, Fair Market Value and Estate. An Insurance appraisal is a retail replacement cost evaluation to establish the price, detail the quality and safeguard you when you get jewelry insurance. Your detailed appraisal will guarantee you will get a replacement with the same type and quality in case of loss, theft or damage. A Fair Market Value appraisal is an estimate of what a piece would be exchanged between a willing buy and willing seller. An Estate appraisal is an evaluation when someone passes and a value is needed for tax purposes and or equal disbursement to the heirs.
IF you are shopping for jewelry insurance, we have the perfect insurance company to get insurance from-Jewelers Mutual. They have the best competitive rates, with the widest coverage and the easiest rapid means of getting a replacement. You have the choice of who you deal with and not have to go to a replacement center. Please call us for more details if you're interested in getting the BEST personal jewelry insurance policy.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN YOUR APPRAISAL
A jewelry appraisal will contain a detailed description of the design, the metal type, a quality analysis of any diamonds and or gemstones along with a photograph and a retail replacement value. The appraisal establishes the value and characteristics if the jewelry piece were needed to be replaced because of loss, theft or damage. IF you are shopping around for an appraiser, most insurance companies require the jewelry appraiser to have at a minimum of a GIA Graduate Gemologist Degree. Do not choose a jewelry appraiser just because of a low price. If your appraiser does not have any formal education, you're mostly likely throwing your money away. Always ask the qualifications and what formal education an appraiser has completed.
HOW MUCH IS AN APPRAISAL AND CAN I WATCH YOU DO IT?
Our appraisal fee is $160 per hour with a minimum of a half hour ($80). Our fee is different than most jewelry appraisers who charge a flat fee per piece. We feel an hourly charge is more fair in pricing. Do not use an appraiser that charges a percentage of the appraised price.
ALWAYS purchase a center diamond (0.50 carats or larger) with an internationally recognized laboratory, either the G.I.A., or the A.G.S.
IF you have a diamond with a laboratory report such as one from the GIA or AGS, please make sure to bring it along, it is very IMPORTANT to include it with your appraisal to validate the size and quality and will quicken the appraisal process and thus lower the fee.
5767 Uplander Way #203
Culver City, CA 90232
We are located in a business park, the numbers can be confusing.
Look for the Patio Cafe with the RED AWNING.
Our building is directly across from it, our entrance is to the extreme left.
Our doors are locked on the weekends and after 5pm, please call for door code