Since 1984, GIA Gemologist Gina Watson has served the Orange County communities with her retail stores in Laguna Hills & Aliso Viejo and has been a second-generation Jeweler since 1969. She has been working with clients 2nd and 3rd-generation families to buy, sell or consign their treasures.
GINA 'S EARLY DAYS
My story started when I was 22 with my first jewelry business as a young bride and mother. Forty-two years ago, my husband handed me his Inheritance of only $10,000 and told me to go open my jewelry shop. I was from a family of jewelers and worked behind the counter during holidays, so I repainted some old showcases & chandeliers to create my visionary store to buy and sell jewelry.
I first started buying and selling estates and later incorporated an Auction Company. Later, when the economy dictated a change, we helped thousands of our clients by loaning out money. By 2001, we opened a second store location and became a leader in manufacturing, and designing engagement rings and statement jewelry. Through the last 40 years, we have adopted a full scope of business for our client's needs.
As a Jewelry Estate Buyer, my passion is to assist families by sorting through valuables,
finding hidden treasures or items of lesser value to donate.
Legacy & Gina
Working closely with the elderly and their estates, Gina expressed concerns that heirs did not want the family jewels after loved ones passed and instead sold valuables. Hence, she advocates for elders to organize their estates and consider selling and using the money for themselves. By doing this, it becomes less burdensome to the heirs.
Legacy Jewelry Appraisers & Buyers believes in helping individuals sort through their family heirlooms so better decisions can be made for themselves and their loved ones. If the unwanted jewelry is sold, elders could use that money, especially when most are on fixed incomes. We believe in discussing with the elderly different options of appraisals which determine the selling or consigning choices for themselves and their loved ones.
Many of the estates are unwanted items passed down & may burden Loved ones! Through 40 years of experience, my passion is to assist families without confusion or strife between each other by sorting the valuables. I come to families with CHOICES of what to sell, give to loved ones, re-design as a momentum of the memory of a loved one, or donate.
Gina Watson has devoted decades to serving hundreds of Charity Fundraising groups in Orange County and continues today with numerous groups helping them raise money for good causes. I created the LEGACY PROGRAM, which prompted me to write my magazine column called GemCorner to educate consumers with jewelry tips. I was a Television guest on the local channel 6 to discuss family awareness and Estates while building a name in the community.