Your Trusted Family Jeweler Since 1937



In 1931, A.L. Jacobs moved his growing family from Detroit to San Diego and found work managing a local jewelry store. In 1937, Jacobs decided to open his own store, A. L. Jacobs and Sons Jewelers, in downtown San Diego, California. The storefront has moved around the downtown area a few times; once in 1946, in 1960, and again in 1982.

Third generation family member Chris Jacobs joined the family business in 1975 to carry on the legacy of providing fine quality jewelry that fits all budgets. He closed the last downtown location in 1996 and then traveled nationally and internationally, buying and selling estate jewelry for seven years.

A lot has changed since the doors first opened in 1937, but A.L. Jacobs and Sons' commitment to quality and customer satisfaction has remained.




Chris Jacobs Owner


Chris Jacobs is a native San Diegan and a third generation jeweler with close ties to the community. Chris worked in his grandfather’s store throughout high school and went on to receive his Graduate Gemologist degree in residence from the Gemological Institute of America in 1977. He is a member of the American Gem Society, is a Registered Jeweler, Certified Gemologist and was one of the first three Certified Gemologist Appraisers in Southern California.

He is currently a Senior Certified Member of the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers, a Senior Accredited Gemologist with the Accredited Gemologists Association, on the Board of Governors of the Accredited Gemologists Association and has a Certified Gemological Laboratory with the Accredited Gemologists Association. Chris has over thirty-five years of experience in the jewelry industry.


Contact us with questions, concerns, or just drop in and say hello! We are located in the heart of Point Loma Village, between Cañon Street & Upshur Street.