San Francisco jewelry artist Sarah Graham crafts elegant, contemporary statement pieces that appeal to both women and men. Her jewelry is inspired by a variety of sources. The names of her lines – Pebbles, Oyster, Conifer and Bamboo, even Foil and Paper Chain – are clues as to their origins. “What I love about nature is that you get geometry, but then you get mutations and anomalies, too,” says Sarah, who maintains that observations of the natural world taught her the patience necessary for the jewelers’ process.
Combinations of black, white and gold are characteristic of her work, which is comprised primarily of cobalt chrome and 18 karat white, rose and yellow gold, obtained from a Portland, OR refinery that specializes in recycling precious metals. Sarah uses conflict-free white, black and cognac diamonds.
The artist holds a degree in business from the University of San Diego and has engaged in self-directed study of jewelry traditions in museums and galleries all over the globe. After completing an apprenticeship as a metalsmith in Carmel, Sarah spent 6 years as a bench jeweler before launching her own line in 2000. Her work has since been featured in Elle, Allure and Modern Bride magazines.