first Place: Nelson Estate Jewelers
2051 S. Dobson Road, Mesa
When David Nelson got his first job at Zale’s as a 15-year-old in Wisconsin, he didn’t know that this was going to become his life’s work.
After attending Arizona State University, he worked for big names like Jared and Kay and prominent independent East Valley jewelers.
Nelson Estate Jewelers, which he opened last year with wife Aubrey, is turning that model upside-down with transparent, everyday pricing and by making one happy customer at a time.
The showroom displays a dazzling collection of late 19th- and early 20th-century vintage estate pieces and modern designs and will work with you to custom design a special ring or pendant. The Nelsons will make sure you get the best price for your old gold, silver and coins.
Second Place: Kay Jewelers
2200 E. Williams Field Road, Gilbert
Third Place: Jared the Galleria of Jewelry
7181 W. Ray Road, Chandler