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1102 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 836-6866

Custom Jewelry Design, Jewelry Repair, Jewelry Appraisal Services and more.....

When we say Today’s Cargo is your one-stop full-service jeweler, we mean it. Most jewelry stores today simply don't care to offer all the services we do. But we are committed to providing all the services you’ll need, so you don’t have to run all over town.  We're here for all your jewelry needs.  

Jewelry repair services


CAD/CAM Custom Jewelry Design

Our state of the art custom jewelry design studio makes anything you can dream of by using our highly advanced computer software.  Feel free to email or bring any design ideas or pictures you may have.  You can expect to have the finished piece of jewelry within 2 to 3 weeks.   Here are the steps:

  1. First we work together to make you dream into a real design.  It can start with a simple sketch, or show us that ring that you saw on Pinterest. 
  2. Second we create a computer rendering. We'll email you the file for your feedback and approval. 
  3. Then a wax model is created, and if you choose, may be viewed for your final seal of approval. 
  4. Once the rendering or the wax model is approved, we can proceed to casting.
  5. The final stage is setting any gemstones and polishing the completed piece so it's sparkly and ready to wear. 

Schedule your appointment today.

Custom Redesign and Remounts

The staff offers creative solutions for both custom jewelry redesign and remounts.  Meet with one of our creative staff members or the goldsmith and share your ideas with them or let them make suggestions for an exciting new piece.

Jewelry Repair

Our expert jewelry repair covers an extensive variety of services.  We work on all metals including;  base metal, sterling silver, goldfilled, 10,14, 18K gold, and platinum.  We do all types  of jewelry repair work including; ring sizing, prong re-retipping, chain soldering, clasp replacement, stone replacement, converting clip or pierced and vice versa, and much more.  We also offer top-notch fashion/costume jewelry.  Estimates can be given on all work prior to commencement.  Repairs are usually a 2-week turnaround.  Matching stones can take a little longer.  A $20 rush fee will get your repair expedited for the same or next business day.   

Watch Repair

Expert watch repair on old and new timepieces including; battery, band, and pin replacement, and cleaning.  These basic watch repair services usually can be done M-F, while you wait or go grab a cup of coffee.  More involved watch repair such as a clean and overhaul, crystal replacement, or any work done on the inner movement requires service by our off-site master watch repairman.  It's usually a 2-3 week turnaround for these repairs.  Estimates can be given on all work prior to commencement.  PLEASE NOTE:  WE ARE CURRENTLY TRYING TO LOCATE A NEW WATCH REPAIRMAN FOR SERVICES ON THE INNER MOVEMENT, CROWN, AND STEM.  WE ARE STILL ACCEPTING WATCHES FOR BATTERIES AND LINK ADJUSTMENT.  SORRY FOR THE INCONVENIENCE. 

Pearl & Bead Restringing or Redesign

We have five professional bead stringers that do expert work. Our specialties include pearl or bead stringing and cleaning, and redesign. We can provide extra beads and all types of clasps, including magnetic clasps.  It's usually a 2-week turnaround for these repairs and designs. Estimates can be given on all work prior to commencement.  

Jewelry Appraisal Services

Jewelry appraisals and gem identifications are performed by a GIA Graduate Gemologist and are conducted in-house.  Appraisal services and appraisal consultation appointments are accepted during the weekdays only.  Depending on the complexity, each item requires at least a half hour to evaluate.  You may wait during the appointment and take your items with you once the evaluation is complete. Or you may drop off any items to be appraised during the weekend and pick them up as soon as the evaluation is done (usually by Tuesday).  The appraisal report is mailed/emailed within 2 weeks of the appointment.  Pricing is dependant on the scope of work and quantity of items.   Please contact us for more information on our appraisal services.
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Ear-Piercing

Ear-piercing appointments are accepted during the weekdays only and usually from 11:30am to 4pm.  Our very experienced piercer uses the Inverness system and only 14K gold.  We typically accept children 7 years and above and only pierce lobes (no cartilage).  The price for piercing depends on the earrings you choose and ranges from $50-$80. 
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Jewelry Engraving

Engraving is done by a master hand-engraver or by a laser-engraving machine.  Currently we offer engraving service for items purchased here.  Please inquire for more information.

Complimentary Jewelry Cleaning

We have special liquids, an ionic and sonic cleaning machine, and a steam cleaner available for your complimentary jewelry cleaning. A reasonable fee may apply for large amounts of jewelry.  There is charge if the goldsmith is requested to polish an item using the polishing machine.  This is also a great time for our expert eyes to check for any potential issues.  Watch how your favorite pieces will sparkle plenty after a careful cleaning!

Jewelry Concierge/Special Orders

Can’t find something in our store?  Trying to replace that favorite piece of jewelry?  We can try to locate it for you using our various sources.  Bring in or email us a photo if possible, and we’ll start our search.  Consider us your personal shopper and we'll see it as our mission.

Gold Buying

Yes, we buy gold for melt/scrap value.  Sorry, we do not buy finished jewelry with the intention to sell at our location.  We use licensed estate dealers for curating our antique, vintage, and estate jewelry items.  Estimates for scrap gold purchases are given during the week and most Saturdays.    

Courier Services 

Running short of time? We can select a gift to fit the occasion, gift-wrap it, and have it delivered quickly via a bonded local courier, all at very reasonable rates.  Please contact us for more information.

Complimentary Gift Wrapping 

We take the hassle out of gift giving. Our wrapping paper and ribbons are ideal for every season and occasion.  We even use clear tape.  Sorry, limited to our merchandise only.