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Rancho Santa Fe jeweler creates custom pieces

By Kristina Houck

Bibba Winn can finally enjoy her mother’s ring after it sat in a box for 16 years.

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With guidance from Winn and her husband, Rancho Santa Fe Estate and Fine Jewelry used the diamonds from the ring a few sizes too big to create a new piece that fits.

“I not only enjoy it, I love it,” Winn, 79, said. “It’s a beautiful ring.”

The ring features a roughly three-carat center diamond and small diamonds set in an etched 18K white gold band.

Winn and her husband, Donald Winn, gave store owner Coleen Freeman and jeweler Kamyar Zarrabi a general idea of what they had in mind. Zarrabi then worked with the couple to approve his designs before he created the mold.

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“This was the first piece that we tried to recreate on our own, of something of my mother’s,” said the Rancho Santa Fe resident. “I love the way it all came about. The end result surpassed what any of us thought it would be.”

Although she didn’t think it was possible to use all of the diamonds from her mother’s ring, Winn said Zarrabi used all of them because he knew how special the piece was to her.

“I thanked him for his craftsmanship because it could not be better,” Winn said. “It takes the diamonds from my mom’s ring into a setting that we created with Kam. To me, that’s even more special.”

Rancho Santa Fe Estate and Fine Jewelry specializes in a variety of services, including jewelry appraisal, acquisition, cleaning, resizing and repair. In addition to the $1 million in jewelry on display, the store offers customer jewelry design.

“Anytime someone can’t find what they want, we just make it,” Freeman said. “I like taking someone’s idea and giving them a finished product that they’re happy with. I want them to love what they have, feel like they were a part of the process and get what they wanted — not what someone else had in their head.”

Rancho Santa Fe Estate and Fine Jewelry has offered one-of-a-kind pieces for more than 30 years in the community. Freeman, 60, renamed the business after purchasing it from Marilyn Mulloy about four years ago. She had been the manager of Mulloy’s store for six years.

“It was a perfect transition although I never dreamed of owning my own store,” said Freeman, who used to work in the jewelry department at J.C. Penney. “I had already built the clientele. I know the people, and I like the people. I was sad to leave the people.”

Although it has a new name, Freeman said she believes Rancho Santa Fe Estate and Fine Jewelry has been around for more than three decades because the store believes in “good, honest service.”

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“I have tremendous, utmost faith in them,” Winn said. “They are a real asset to the business and to the Village.”

Rancho Santa Fe Estate and Fine Jewelry is located at 6024 Paseo Delicias. For more information, visit

ranchosantafejewelers.com

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