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Best Jewelry Store (2012)
447 Alvarado St., Monterey
This locally owned business has won this award nearly 20 years in a row since opening in 1989. According to the store’s owner, the secret is “keeping people happy and smiling.” But Gasper’s wide selection of quality designer and hand crafted jewelry might have something to do with it as well. Design your own custom earrings, pendants and rings with platinum, 18K and 14K white or yellow gold, with a variety of gems and diamonds. And of course, Gasper’s specializes in jewelry engraving and repair. For the men currently tuning out, don’t worry: Gasper’s has something for you too! A series of Carl Bucherer, Maurice Lacroix, Bulova and Fendi Swiss watches are also for sale, as well as one of the area’s largest collections of Spain-imported Lladro figurines, making Gasper’s the go-to quality gift store for nearly every occasion.