San Francisco- Sarah Graham designs evocative jewelry by applying original artistry and fashions it with the traditional methods underlying old-world craftsmanship. She brings her jewelry to the marketplace with client insightfulness and a superb grounding in business and customer service skills. The jewelry is subtly feminine yet substantial; unique yet universal in appeal.
Sarah’s jewelry pushes the boundaries of convention through her use of the arresting contrasts inherent in the juxtaposition of 18 karat gold and blackened steel; of black, white and cognac diamonds; of Akoya and Tahitian Pearls. It carries strong tones of thoughtfulness, attention to detail, quality, and timelessness. Her signature combination of black, white, and gold colors immediately identifies the artist. Celebrities such as Sharon Stone and Kim Basinger own her jewelry.
The inspiration for her originality of design and materials is grounded in Nature as confirmed by the labeling of her major product lines as: Manzanita; Pebbles; Stepping Stones; Oyster; Conifer and her line of Bridal rings – Kyoto, Bamboo, Leaf, and River Rock. Each piece speaks to its name-source. Sarah’s process of design and construction of prototype models (she spends days experimenting with each new design piece) is grounded in one of the cardinal virtues found in Nature – that of patience.
Sarah painstakingly perfected her old-world craftsmanship by serving as an unpaid apprentice for two rigorous years under a master goldsmith in Carmel, California. She then became a bench jeweler for six years until she launched Sarah Graham Metalsmithing in 2000.
Her combination of inspired design and exquisite materials with superior workmanship results in a collection of jewelry that is both bold and daring without sacrificing the elegance and sophistication that assure an ageless quality. The jewelry is calm, serene, and graceful, qualities that together generate feelings of subtle excitement in both the wearer and the viewer.
Sarah sees her prototypical customer as a strong, accomplished woman with graceful, natural beauty – a woman who wants her jewelry to display her self-confidence in taste and style and to subtly command attention whether worn with everyday attire or evening elegance. Sarah’s jewelry delivers just that.
Sarah prepared herself for the marketplace by studying the jewelry of the world in museums, galleries, and stores for two years in North, Central, and South America, Europe, Africa and India. She earned a B.S. in International Business at the University of San Diego. She learned customer service and supported herself as a student and apprentice by being a waitress in tens of restaurants (perhaps the ultimate baptism for customer care) across the country.