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Alhambra resident David Alvarez has been selling jewelry online for more than 20 years. During that time he often sent watches to another local man Victor (Vartan) Kojobabian for repair. Victor is a Swiss trained and certified watch maker and is as adept at repairing watches of the old kind with spinning works inside as he is with the newer battery powered watches.
The two men decided to go into partnership and wanted to open a brick and mortar shop in Alhambra. One day, when David was having lunch at the Diner on Main, he noticed an empty shop across the street. He and Victor rented the shop as co-owners in August 2014 and were in business as Main Street Jewelry and Watches. Two years ago they made a move to the northwest corner of Mission and Atlantic at 1105 W. Mission Road.
With the move, they had a larger space and changed their name to Alhambra Jewelry and Gold. The move has also been good for business, and they brought on another partner, Alvaro Deza,, an expert at jewelry creation and repair. Now the shop specializes in both watch and jewelry repair, battery replacement, ring sizing, necklace and bracelet repairs, pearl restringing, and more. Thanks to Victor’s expertise they are also an authorized Citizen watch dealer.
In addition, they have a significant selection of new and used watches from high-end Rolex and Omegas to Timex and even a Mickey Mouse watch. They also carry some beautiful Tiffany items. Besides their Alhambra-based store, they are still offering sales online. They have an active presence on EBay, Instagram, and Facebook.
Alhambra Jewelry and Gold specializes in vintage and antique jewelry. They can also create many items in house to create unique pieces. Some of their inventory comes from estate sales, and other pieces are acquired from individual sellers. Customers can purchase antique jewelry as is or have Alvaro modify it to their personal specifications. Either way, customers will be pleased with the results.
Call 626-703-4002 for an appointment. Alhambra Jewelry and Gold is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.