April Newsletter

May 3, 2014 § Leave a comment

The Unique Craft Of Handmade Titanium Rings

D&H Featured Artisan:
Curtis H. Arima 

A metalsmith and a fine-jewelry artisan, Curtis H. Arima began hand-making titanium rings 10 years ago at a customer’s request. That’s right – HAND-MAKING. If you’re not familiar with titanium, it is a durable, lightweight, and extremely difficult metal to work with. In the jewelry industry, titanium pieces are typically mass manufactured by machine. But, not if you work with Curtis.

“A client asked if I could make a finger-shaped titanium ring after he saw one of my gold pieces. At the time, I remember thinking that it was impossible, but after a few weeks of trial and error, I managed to make it work. Today, I make one to three titanium rings at a time, machining each ring to order, hot-forging them, and painstakingly hand-finishing them.”

 

Check out how Curtis crafts these amazing rings on YouTube and visit D&H to see some of his finished pieces.

D&H Visits Preston of Dry Creek –

An Organic Farm and Winery

            

 

In celebration of Earth Day, we’d like to introduce you to another sustainable business contributing to the well-being of our planet – Preston of Dry Creek. Owners Lou and Susan Preston established this beautiful sustainable winery and farm in the Dry Creek valley, about one hour north of San Francisco. We recently visited their operations and were inspired by their commitment to the land and the elegant wines they produce.

According to their website:  “The essentials of organic growing – and the foundation of our farm plan – are natural growing techniques and a balanced eco-system. This includes the avoidance of genetically-engineered organisms and all synthetic and artificial materials.  This requires reverence for, and practice of, plant and species diversity.”

D&H regularly carries their exquisite wines at our in-store wine bar. Come by and let us pour a glass for you!

 

Hope to see you soon,

Shawn and Lindsay

New D&H Staff Favorites

Here are a few items that we just can’t stop looking at this month…

Platinum Baguette Diamond Eternity BandThese platinum diamond eternity bands feature conflict-free baguette-cut diamonds set in upcycled platinum. Their clean lines make them a perfect compliment to any ring.

 

Forged Cut Diamond BraceletThis oxidized sterling silver bracelet is hand forged and features round, brilliant cut white diamonds in 14k yellow gold.

Etruscan Round Diamond Gold RingThis upcycled 18k yellow gold ring features a conflict free round brilliant cut diamond surrounded with conflict free round full cut diamonds

D&H Sustainable Jewelers

 

2323 Market St, San Francisco CA 94114

www.dnhjewelers.com

info@dnhjewelers.com

415-500-2550

 

M-Sat  11am-8pm

Sun  12pm-5pm

Special Shopping Event with Rebecca Overmann

November 27, 2013 § Leave a comment

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Join us for a special two day shopping event with the highly talented Rebecca Overmann.  Her handmade jewelry has an organic feel and has been featured in InStyle, Marie Claire, Lucky and 7×7 magazines to name a few.   Don’t miss this unique opportunity to get a jump on your holiday shopping, meet the artist and peruse her entire collection.

When:  Saturday Dec. 14th 11am – 8pm  & Sunday Dec. 15th 12pm – 5pm

Where: D&H Sustainable Jewelers
2323 Market St.
San Fransisco, CA 94114

D&H Builds Direct Connection to African Diamond Mines

November 21, 2013 § Leave a comment

 

Recently D & H visited one of Botswana’s operational diamond mines, Jwaneng, which is one of the world’s largest diamond mines by value. Our primary goal is to connect mines and cutting facilities in Botswana directly with the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), and then again directly with our clients. This direct chain of custody will disperse profits to the Botswanan people through their amazing system of government which provides social programs–including a free education through college–to all citizens.

We will be reporting regularly on the progress of this project, but in the meantime, please come and visit us to hear stories of our journey and how these diamonds turned one of the poorest countries in the world into one of the most stable and wealthy economies in Africa.

Looking forward  to see you at D&H,

Lindsay and Shawn

 

Backroom Brewery Tasting Success

October 31, 2013 § Leave a comment

Guest enjoying Haight St. Hefe

Guest enjoying Haight St. Hefe

Julia Claggett, Beer Brewer Extraordinaire

Julia Claggett, Beer Brewer Extraordinaire

We have events regularly here at D&H and the Backroom Brewery Event was by far one of our most successful. We were packed to the gills with regular clients, jewelry designers and beer enthusiasts. Everyone had a good time catching up with old friends and making new ones.

Our goal is to foster a feeling of community. We want people to feel good about keeping their dollars local. Most of the jewelry artists we feature are local to the Northern California/Bay area. Our bar, The Rose Cut Wine Bar, has become a great place for social networking. Our clients have the opportunity to meet one another and the artists who create their jewelry.

Our venue was perfect for Julia Claggett, the brewer of Backroom Brewery, to debut her “Haight St. Hefeweizen”. She and her partner, Christene Banda, currently brew out of their apartment in the Mission district. Judging by the impressive flavor of their beer and the reaction from the crowd that night, they are going places. A client couple of ours enlisted them that night to brew a signature beer for their wedding.

We also gave Audrey Thompson, a local real estate agent for Coldwell Banker, the opportunity to sponsor the event. It was fantastic networking for her and she provided hors d’oeuvres for us.

Guests enjoying beer at the #RoseCutWineBar

Guests enjoying beer at the #RoseCutWineBar

Backroom Brewery Beer Tasting/Brew Class October 25, 2013

October 22, 2013 § Leave a comment

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Combining her love of beer and science, Julia Claggett initially started brewing as a way to pass time while obtaining her PhD in yeast biology.  After moving to San Francisco last March, she switched her focus to brewing full time.  Along with her partner, she created the Backroom Brewery in the small backroom of their Mission apartment. The only thing she enjoys more than making beer is teaching the process to others; so if you’d like to learn or just fill up an empty growler, please join us!

Sponsored by Audrey ThompsonColdwell Banker

When:     Friday, Oct. 25, 5:00pm-8:00pm

Where:   D&H Sustainable Jewelers
2323 Market Street
San Francisco, CA  94114

Jennifer Dawes Trunk Show October 12th and 13th

October 2, 2013 § Leave a comment

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Our next trunk show features one of the sustainable jewelry movement’s pioneers – Jennifer Dawes. At her Santa Rosa studio, Jennifer creates rings, bracelets, necklaces and earrings with an organic, sophisticated aesthetic. She has spent the last 15 years designing and hand making jewelry while using local artisans and sustainable businesses that use recycled products.

According to her website, her vision…” is to be the go-to jeweler for conscientious, thoughtful people who are making a difference in the world.”

Jennifer will be on hand to discuss her work and answer any questions. Don’t miss an opportunity to meet the artist and browse her full collection!

 

 
When:    Saturday, Oct. 12, 11am-8pm

             Sunday, Oct. 13, 12pm-5pm

 

Where:   D&H Sustainable Jewelers

             2323 Market Street

             San Francisco, CA  94114

 

 

D & H Unveils Original Line of Rings and Bands: The Legacy Collection

September 19, 2013 § Leave a comment

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We are thrilled to announce the Legacy Collection, our first, original line of engagement rings and wedding bands. Creating our own line of sustainable, ethically-sourced jewelry has been a dream of ours since we opened in 2010. Each ring is classically modern with unique twists on traditional silhouettes. The result is a one-of-a kind, timeless piece that celebrates the special love of each couple we meet.

 Our collection is hand crafted from reclaimed platinum, 18k yellow gold, and ethically-sourced diamonds. In addition, every diamond that we use is hand-picked based on our standards of quality and clear chains of custody.

We opened D&H with a commitment to sustainability and the delivery of timeless pieces that leverage antique and modern influences. The creation of the Legacy Collection is a culmination of this commitment.

Come by and see us!

Lindsay and Shawn

 

Stop by, have a look, and enjoy a glass of wine at the Rose Cut Wine Bar. 

Appointments strongly recommended. Book on-line here.