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Best Shops For Custom Jewelry In San Francisco

Covet Boutique (credit: Laurie Jo Miller Farr)

The jewelry you choose to wear tells a very personal story about you, about an occasion, even about the mood you're in. It changes the way you feel when you wear it and helps you make a statement without speaking. Why not design a handmade piece from items that have been passed down to you, work with a skilled jeweler and gemologist, or create your own look on a budget at a DIY jewelry bar? These San Francisco boutiques present several options and price ranges.

Covet Boutique
391 Arguello Blvd.
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 751-1158

Pick up a pretty, delicate handmade bauble by a local jewelry designer who is also the owner at Covet, or create one of your own designs at the DIY Jewelry Bar with all the fixings from $7 to $11, plus your choice of a chain. Most of the collection of bracelets, earrings, rings and bracelets are priced below $60. Fashion, accessories and gift items are also in the curated mix on display to make for fun browsing in the cozy shop at the edge of Inner Richmond. This store carries more jewelry than the second location at 2042 Union Street in Cow Hollow.

William The Beekeeper
55 Clement St.
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 881-8170

Just around the corner from Covet, a thoughtfully curated boutique has an array of jewelry, sustainable clothing, accessories, lifestyle goods, traditional furnishings, ceramics, art, and local organic honey. Half a dozen Bay Area jewelry designers are represented, any of whom can be commissioned to work with you on an original piece. See examples of their styles in the collection of handcrafted ceramic statement necklaces on American-made brass chains. No two are alike. Cuffs, rings, hoop and spike earrings, some with semi-precious stones, are mainly in the $50 to $150 range.

La Bijouterie
1931 Union St.
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 775-6622

Specializing in diamond engagement rings, the third generation California family business is focused on custom design. They intentionally keep the business small in order to work only with local master craftsmen they personally know. Choosing to build the business by word-of-mouth since 2011, they've had such success that appointments are required to spend quality time with an expert, creating your made-to-order engagement ring, wedding bands or other custom pieces. Only ethically sourced diamonds certified by the Gemological Institute of America are used and always come with a certificate.

Derco Fine Jewelers
888 Brannan St., Suite 137
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 626-7442

Known as the Gift Center and Jewelry Mart, the historic building houses more than 100 showrooms presenting wholesale pricing direct to consumers. Many a bride finds an endless selection of engagement rings or comes by to create something unique that's custom made. Derco is a longtime favorite, a family business first established in 1939. Bring your questions, your visions and high expectations. Comparison shoppers may also want to stop in at Chabo's Jewelry, Suite 2135, in the same building. Their reputation is stellar as well.

Hutten Jewelers
Hutten Jewelers (credit: Laurie Jo Miller Farr)

Hutten Jewelers
3603 Sacramento St.
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 346-8897

In her cozy corner shop, a Sacramento Street fixture since 1993, owner Izabella Hutten sells one-of-a-kind estate jewelry. With her in-house studio, another side of the business revolves around the custom side of sentimental heirlooms and re-imagining them for clients. A good number of repairs go in and out on a regular basis, including appraisals, re-sizing, re-setting, re-stringing, re-polishing stones, watches and hand engraving as well. Show Isabella a loose gemstone, a damaged piece, or an idea for something new and modern to be pleasantly surprised with what can result.

This article was written by Laurie Jo Miller Farr via for CBS Local Media

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