166 Avenida Del Mar
By San Clemente Times
For nearly 10 years, Paradise Jewelers and Paradise II Boutique have been providing San Clemente customers with premium selections of jewelry and assortments.
Owner Rick Dunning and his wife, Debbie, have won the Golden Ole at Paradise Jewelers nine straight years as “Best Jeweler.”
“It is an understatement to say we work hard for this recognition,” Rick said. “It takes six days a week and 10 hours a day to make this business what it is. Our staff (Josh, Randy and Eon) work very hard to meet our customer’s needs. Whether it is finding the perfect engagement ring, designing a special piece or repairing a broken ring, we do it all.”
Rick said his collection of watch brands is always expanding and changing.
“We provide full repair services for your current watches and jewelry,” he said. “Watch batteries can quickly be replaced as well as the cleaning and polishing of your jewelry while you wait.” Rick said jewelry repairs are usually completed within two to four days.
“As most of our customers know, Debbie and I have been at this for 35 years now,” Rick said. “We opened our first store in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1980. In 2005, after 25 years in the same location, we sold our business to our loyal employees. We moved to San Clemente that year.”
Rick and Debbie opened their first store in San Clemente in August 2006. That store was located on North El Camino Real. In 2008, the couple opened their second store, Paradise II Boutique, at 210 Avenida Del Mar. In August of 2014, Rick moved the El Camino store to 166 Avenida Del Mar. Debbie runs Paradise II, selling silver designer jewelry she said she obtains from around the world. Rick specializes in diamonds, gold, platinum, watches and coins at Paradise Jewelers, as well as performing all the repairs and custom work.
“From $1,000 bills to Babe Ruth Autographs, our collectibles are also very popular,” Rick said. “Our philosophy in our diamond store is simple: to provide our customers with the largest inventory at the lowest prices. We remain professional, honorable and straightforward in all our dealings with clients.”
Rick said he enjoys working with a diverse collection of customers and that he is privileged to own a business on Del Mar.
“We signed a long lease at this location and plan to be here for many years to come,” he said. “We are very thankful to all who voted for us this year. We also thank the San Clemente Times for providing the Ole Award contest. Thanks again for all of your support and trust. Please come visit us soon.”
Paradise Jewelers is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and is closed on Sundays.
Editor’s note: In the Best of San Clemente People’s Choice Ole Awards, the address of Paradise Jewelers was incorrect. The correct address is 166 Avenida Del Mar. Also, the winner and address of the winner of the Silver Ole was incorrect. The winner was Paradise II Boutique and the address is 210 Avenida Del Mar.