Malibu to Palisades Lifestyle Magazine

Article Sharon Levinsohn | Photography Molly Posey

Pacific Jewelry Watch Appraisers & Buyers Combine Expertise, Ethics & Exceptional Customer Service

Paul Shikhvarger turned his love for watches and jewelry into an enjoyable and thriving business. As the owner of Pacific Jewelry Watch Appraisers & Buyers in Pacific Palisades, Paul has assisted a multitude of clients since 2001, performing appraisals for those who would like to learn the value of their jewelry or who need appraisals done for insurance and/or estates. He also purchases a wide selection of pocket watches and wrist watches—Rolex, Cartier, Patek Philippe and Omega are some of the popular brands that he often deals with, along with a wide range of jewelry, silverware and coins.

Many of Paul’s clients come to him after inheriting watches and jewelry, silverware and tea sets or coin collections that don’t quite match their needs. Paul can purchase the pieces and his clients can use the money to buy other pieces of jewelry or take a vacation. Whether clients wish to see him for appraisal purposes or to sell their watches, jewelry, coins or silverware, Paul prides himself on providing excellent, personalized customer service. He is a very genial, low-key fellow who strives to make every client happy and he holds himself to the highest ethical standards.

“Reputation is everything,” says Paul. “I have grown my business by sharing my knowledge and experience with my clients and providing them with expert appraisals and competitive prices. It is quite gratifying to receive so many referrals.”

Paul meets with clients at his Palisades office or at clients’ homes, offices or bank vaults. Always extremely discreet—whether with celebrities or other clients—Paul will never reveal anyone’s name or the provenance of any watch or piece of jewelry. In a business that often gets a bad rap, Paul has succeeded by treating clients fairly and operating with integrity. It is not surprising that his reviews on Google and Yelp sing his praises. He has built his business through word-of-mouth referrals and says he is quite pleased to have worked with three generations of many local families.

While most of his clients reside in the Palisades, Brentwood, Bel Air, Malibu, Topanga, Venice and Santa Monica, Paul has also worked with clients from Orange County and Lake Tahoe, as well as from other states and in Europe and Asia.

Paul’s talent and expertise have been honed over the past 20 years by apprenticing to expert watchmakers and jewelers, working in the industry and studying. A Graduate Gemologist (G.G.), Paul studied for two years at the Gemologicial Institute of America in Carlsbad, California. He is also a member of the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers and the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors.

A Jeweler’s Journey

A native of the Ukraine, Paul earned a master’s degree in Engineering there. After working as an engineer for two years, he opened his own business servicing electronic machines for banks. Concurrently, he apprenticed with a watchmaker for four years in the Ukraine, before moving to Los Angeles with his wife and daughter in 1993. After working as a radiology technician for three years, Paul went on to work as a certified computer network engineer and as a research and development consultant, designing fiber channel switches for Nortel Networks and Gadzooks Network. When his former employer went out of business, Paul decided to change direction and go to work in the jewelry and appraisal industry. Paul initially worked for an online jewelry business, first evaluating and then appraising watches and jewelry for several years, before launching his own business in 2006 in downtown Los Angeles. As his reputation grew and his clientele expanded to include many residents of the Westside, he decided to move his office to the Palisades in 2012. Drawn to this dynamic, family-friendly community by many of his clients, Paul truly enjoys the village.

When he is not working, this Mar Vista resident enjoys spending time with his daughter, a social media coordinator, and hiking, swimming, bicycling and fishing. Paul is also an avid sports fan and has fun attending Lakers, Clippers and Los Angeles Kings games.

Pacific Jewelry Watch Appraisers & Buyers, located at 845 Via De La Paz, Suite 5, in Pacific Palisades, is open Monday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., by appointment. Same-day appointments are available.

For more information, call 310.684.2862 or visit pjwappariser.com

Shabana Khan Shah, MD

left us a 5 star review

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Shabana Khan Shah, MD
Rated 5.0
April 18, 2024

Efficient and excellent expertise

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Nadia T.
Rated 5.0
April 17, 2024

I purchased a used Cartier watch and bracelet on line then discovered that the bracelet is not Cartier and tried to return it but vender refused to refund...

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Nina Fox
Rated 5.0
April 16, 2024

My husband and I went this place several weeks ago. We had visited two different gold buyers before so we had an idea how much our jewelry worth..... (I was looking for the jeweler that charge only 10% or so, but they charged 15~30% depends on the jewelry, so I was thinking that I should take them to Japan where I am from, or sell at eBay so this place was our last jewelry buyer we tried!) well, Paul (didn't know his name though) was very honest, and let us know eBay would charge 15% for jewelry and gold....and he charges about 10%. (i did the math, actually he charges a bit more....maybe 12~13%? it depends...) My husband was amazed and happy that we came in and sold his mother' jewelry and coin to him. I also sold some of my jewelries and thinking about coming back to Paul after I compare it is sold in Japan lol. I highly recommend this place to sell your gold jewelry! He buys 14 carat and 10 carat gold not only 18K gold;)

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Reed S
Rated 5.0
April 15, 2024

Paul and Pacific Jewelry were fantastic. Pleasant, professional, helpful. Delightful. The gave a fast, fair apprised amount and quickly N smoothly gave me cash. Excellent experience all around. Highly recommend! 5 stars!

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James H.
Rated 5.0
April 5, 2024

I recently had the opportunity to sell some Silverware with Pacific J&W. I found them knowledgeable, fair, and helpful. I shopped around to different...

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Cynthia Smith
Rated 5.0
March 24, 2024

Wonderful experience, thanks to Paul! We had some jewelry and watches that we wanted to sell. Paul was very knowledgeable but most of all very honest with us. He explained all the options and was extremely fair and helpful. We will happily recommend this business to friends.

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Cynthia S.
Rated 5.0
March 24, 2024

Wonderful experience, thanks to Paul! We had some jewelry and watches that we wanted to sell. Paul was very knowledgeable but most of all very honest with...

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Kendal K.
Rated 5.0
March 21, 2024

Paul is knowledgeable, honest, and courteous. Sold a bunch of my jewelry and gave a great price. I highly recommend.

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Todd I.
Rated 5.0
March 16, 2024

The owner Paul Shikhvager of Pacific Jewelry - Watch Appraisers & Buyers in Los Angeles, California is one of the most honest and nicest person I've met in...

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V Jones
Rated 5.0
March 16, 2024
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Todd Isaacson
Rated 5.0
March 12, 2024

Paul Shikhvarger of Pacific Jewelry - Watch Appraisers & Buyers is truly sensational! As an appraiser and buyer, Paul's expertise in the world of jewelry and watches is unparalleled. His passion for his craft shines through in every interaction, as he meticulously evaluates each piece with precision and care. Paul's professionalism and integrity are unmatched, making him a trusted advisor for anyone in need of appraisal or looking to sell their valuables. With Paul's guidance, navigating the intricate world of jewelry, watch and silver appraisal becomes effortless. If you're seeking top-notch service and unparalleled expertise, look no further than Paul Shikhvarger. He's a gem in the industry, and I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone in need of his services!

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Lola Del valle
Rated 5.0
March 10, 2024

I found Pacific Jewelry & watches on line while searching to do an appraisal .Talk to Paul ,met him and the next day end up selling my jewelry with him. Paul is such a professional, knowledgable, and honest person .I will definitely recommend if ask .Pleasure to do business with him.

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jerome smith
Rated 5.0
March 6, 2024

I was extremely impressed by not only the professionalism and timely response. Was upfront with any concerns and questions. Before making a reply to any of my questions, was attentive. Listening is key in providing excellent customer service. This was my first encounter with PacificJewelry.

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Lori Isaacson
Rated 5.0
March 2, 2024

We found Paul while searching online for a local establishment to finally sell some silver pieces from our childhood. Paul was not only professional, but extremely patient and polite while informing me and my big brother of the value of our “treasures.” Needless to say we learned a lot and left with enough money for coffee and a nosh! We highly recommend Paul!

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Maureen M.
Rated 5.0
March 2, 2024

I recently went to Pacific Jewelry and Watches with some estate jewelry to show Paul the owner. Paul is extremely knowledgeable and willing to share his...

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Lisa H.
Rated 5.0
March 1, 2024

Paul is professional, courteous, and very easy to work with. I highly recommend his business.

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Nils Jakobson
Rated 5.0
February 27, 2024

Looking for a company of integrity to sell some estate jewelry and watches my aunt had inherited. Found Paul of the Pacific Jewelry & Watch on Google local business page. We were very satisfied with our transaction. We definitely will use them again in the future. Go to see this man for all of your jewelry selling needs, you won’t regret it.

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Mr I.
Rated 5.0
February 24, 2024

Place was great. Super honest and helpful, he even looked at our pieces without an appointment. Make sure you book one though! Definitely will be coming...

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Milano Allison
Rated 5.0
February 23, 2024

Came here after days of lowballs from different shops - finally came into “pacific jewelry & watches” I was finally given a fair offer by Paul - HIGHLY RECOMMEND

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Momento B.
Rated 5.0
February 22, 2024

Came here after days of lowballs from different shops - finally came into "pacific jewelry & watches" I was finally given a fair offer by Paul - HIGHLY...