Wedding season is in full swing and, as we do with most things, we San Franciscans have put our own twist on that token of everlasting commitment: the ring. Forget conventional diamond solitaires and basic gold bands; a slew of local jewelers are creating rings as distinctive as Bay Area couples.
Carats may be king elsewhere in the country, but these jewelers tell us that in SF, there’s a focus on ethically sourced stones and a noted trend away from the implacable diamond (gasp!) and toward colored precious gems.
From a vibrant engagement ring collection inspired by SF neighborhoods to wedding bands made on a 3D printer, check out our seven favorite nontraditional wedding rings.
1. D&H Sustainable Jewelers, 2323 Market St.
Marquise diamond set in yellow gold featuring hand-engraved mermaid motif (custom design)
2. Partita Custom Design Jewelry, 2235 Chestnut St.
Palladium, 14k rose gold, carbon fiber and diamond, Starts at $1,600
3. RedStart Design, 375 Alabama St., Ste. 100
Neighborhood Collection "Sunset" style, 1.5 carat Montana sapphire set in palladium, price available upon request
4. Partita Custom Design Jewelry, 2235 Chestnut St
Damascus steel, 22k yellow gold and 18k yellow gold, Starts at $1,000
5. Goldberry, 3516 Sacramento St.
3.09 carat G.I.A. Laboratory certified natural powder pink oval sapphire set in platinum, $22,000
6. D&H Sustainable Jewelers, 2323 Market St.
Princess cut diamond set into black jade, reclaimed 18k rose gold setting with hand engraving (custom design)
7. Endswell Collection, 34 Page St.
"Origin No 2" style, 3D printed in rose gold, From $625