We are staffed full time with the following: G.G. / Graduate Gemologists ( Gemologist institute of America ) C.G. / Certified Gemologist ( American Gem Society ) Master Stone Setter certification ( Stuller inc. ) Training completed by: Independent Fine Master Metal-smiths and Goldsmiths G.I.A., A.G.S., New Approach school for Jewelers, Stuller, GRS. Paul James Jewelers is a registered jeweler with The American Gem Society. (AGS). The American Gem Society is 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, accreditation, re-certification of its membership, gemological standards and gemological research. The Society is committed to providing educational products to inform and protect the consumer and to contributing to the betterment of the trade by creating industry standards to protect the jewelry-buying public and the fine jewelry industry as a whole.
We are nestled in the foothills of the west side of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, in a small mining town called Angels Camp, CA. Our 4500 sq. foot building was built in the early 1930's on the Main Street of historic downtown Angels Camp, and was originally built by the Bank of Italy, soon to become Bank of America, and gradually be the perfect resting place for our family business. We love all three levels of the building, each level is cared for and maintained by our family to preserve the building and maintain its beauty. The basement houses our full manufacturing shop where we love innovation just as much as old world techniques, and our 2,500 sq. foot shop has every tool essential to manufacturing our heirloom pieces. Our main floor has original flooring, and many elements of the original bank building, like the original glass and wood bank door that is inlayed into an existing wall for decor purposes. The original bank vault ( still in use to this day ) respectively, once housed some of the largest gold nugget collections in North America. The mezzanine is a work in progress, but we have big dreams for this space, and can't wait to put it in motion.