H. Moradi Jewelers in La Jolla offers trend-setting and pre-owned fine jewelry


By Marti Gacioch

Yellow gold is back in style, said Pauline Beausoleil, co-owner of H. Moradi, La Jolla’s go-to jewelers for fine and estate pieces since 1999.

Beausoleil, who recently returned from Miami’s annual convention for antique and estate jewelry vendors, is now showcasing a superb collection of one-of-a-kind pieces in precious metals.

“Yellow gold is really popular right now; we saw a lot of chunky gold bracelets, some with colored stones, as well as pieces that were a mix of yellow gold, white gold and platinum,” Beausoleil said. “We’re now offering some very eclectic pieces.”

Beausoleil finds that long gold necklaces (measuring 16-48 inches) are also trendsetters in the world of jewelry. “We have long diamond necklaces that are a mix of metals and a mix of colors like yellow diamonds, brown diamonds and white diamonds,” Beausoleil said.

Many of Moradi’s recent purchases are colorful stand-outs, such as a yellow and pink diamond cage bracelet and a 3-carat purple sapphire and 1.5-carat diamond ring by Kurt Wayne.

“We also have a beautiful Chopard pavé diamond ring with a happy diamond in a marquis-shaped window that’s a fun little ring,” Beausoleil said.

A stunning strand of certified natural golden South Seas pearls is another eye-catching necklace. “These are very large golden pearls of 13 to 16 millimeters on a 17-inch necklace,” “Beausoleil said.

Moradi is also featuring a platinum pavé diamond ring with an oval diamond center stone by Henry Dunay, a former designer for Cartier, and a pre-owned platinum and fancy yellow gold marquis diamond pendant by Michael Beaudry. “The Diamond is 1.45-carat, and there are white diamonds surrounding it; it comes on a beautiful diamond chain,” Beausoleil said.

Moradi is well- known for its collection of colorful animal pins, too. “We have a yellow gold tortoise pin with shells of peach and green enameling, and the tortoise is holding a bouquet of flowers made from rubies,” Beausoleil said.

A 1.5-inch bumble bee pin sports brown and white enameling for its body with diamonds on its head and eyes made of rubies. Its wings are covered in green and yellow enameling.

• H. Moradi Fine and Estate Jewelers

• Address:

1237 Prospect St., Suite A and 1230 Prospect St. in La Jolla, Calif.

• Phone:

(858) 459-1716

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