About our Process - custom and bespoke jewelry in San Francisco
Jewelry made in San Francisco by Sharon Z Jewelry - Sharon Zimmerman Designer/Owner
I create beautiful and durable pieces that transcend fashion, season and trend-classics that you will wear a long, long time, with minimum upkeep and maximum joy.
Eco-friendly and sustainable metals and gemstones
I derive peace of mind from working with materials that coincide with my values as an artist and as a human being. My metals are purchased from Virginia-based Hoover and Strong, a reputable supplier that refines and sells 100% recycled gold. Its environmental and waste practices are above industry standards, and I am glad to have a relationship with this family-owned company. When I decided to expand my designs to include precious gemstones and diamonds, I wanted to make an equally conscientious choice about my supplier. Having been a metalsmith for more than 10 years, I have come to understand the issues and complications around conflict-free stones, where they are mined and how laborers are treated. In my opinion, “conflict-free” stones are a dubious ideal and they cannot feasibly be tracked in today’s market. So I have chosen instead to work with laboratory-grown stones from the American companies Chatham and Diamond Foundry. With the exact same composition as mined stones, they are chemically and physically identical-they do not compromise the quality of my jewelry or my modern conscience. I have also added recycled diamonds and antique diamonds to my selection. These diamonds have been pulled from old jewelry and re-purposed. Best of all, no new mining took place to produce these diamonds. I also work directly with custom clients to remake their antique or vintage jewelry into modern-day heirloom pieces.
I am drawn to jewelry-making because it is a process that engages my senses, my creativity, and my love of craftsmanship. My designs begin with a sketch, a word, an ephemeral idea, and when my hands come in contact with the materials, the process continues with an experimentation that organically takes life. I delight in knowing that I am creating a fine piece of jewelry that someone will wear and connect with for life.
I’m at my best when I’m working directly with fine metals - sterling silver, 14 karat gold, 18 karat gold, and palladium. Hammering, forming, embossing, soldering and melting metal are incredibly satisfying processes, and I love the blending of traditional methods with unconventional ideas and designs.
Commitment to Service
With more than 15 years of experience in retail and customer service, I love to discover how people feel and think. My main goal is to ensure that you feel welcome, trusting and heard. Transparency is very important to me, so you can always count on me for an honest opinion.
I also love helping people find solutions - what gift to buy, what would look best on them, or even walking someone through their purchase of an engagement ring. I love talking through your questions. Jewelry is a personal expression and should look and feel good to wear. It is my pleasure to help you discover which pieces work best for you.