The best jewelry boutiques in San Francisco reflect this cities character: unique, charming, and full of individual personalities. While the city has jewelry boutiques all over the city, a savvy shopper needs to do their homework before venturing out in order to not waste large chunks of time sussing out whether a store is worth breaking open your wallet in or not. The truly smart shoppers can line up their targets before leaving the house, and spend a full day enjoying the best designers the city has to offer. Every area of the city has jewelry boutiques, which are stocked with beautiful pieces worthy of your hard earned money.
With a philosophy of showcasing jewelry as fine art, Adorna Bella carries only one of a kind pieces made by independent artisans. The storeowner, Natalee, is a jewelry designer herself, so is extra stringent on quality standards from the other designers she sells in her shop. The mix of jewelry styles is eclectic here, varying from fine filigrees, to bold stones. In addition, they do custom work, so you can be sure to have the perfect accent piece. Adorna Bella, 552 Columbus Ave (between Columbus Ave & Union St), San Francisco, CA 94133 (415) 262-9992
Looking for a Victorian, Edwardian, Art Deco or other kind of vintage piece? Dianne's Estate Jewelry should be your first stop. With a staff that is knowledgeable about everything from time periods, to re-creations, to metals and stones, you will not only get a piece of jewelry, but a piece of history. Their sizing and repair service is also top notch, with speedy service and reasonable prices. Dianne's Estate Jewelry, 2181 Union St, Ste A (between Webster St & Fillmore St), San Francisco, CA 94123 (415) 346-7525
While stores, which have a single proprietor have fewer options that stores featuring multiple jewelry designers, sometimes the work is so fabulous, it deserves to make a "best of" list. This is definitely the case with Claudia Kussano. Her jewelry store/ workshop in the Mission district is where she both works and sells her nature inspired pieces. With lines such as Fern, Dew Drop, and Flower Petal, each piece has an organic feel to it, making the pieces good day to night choices. Claudia's designs in sterling silver can be redone in 18k gold. Claudia Kussano, 591 Guerrero St, (at 18th St), San Francisco, CA 94110 (415) 671-0769
Another jewelry store that looks at each piece they carry as an individual masterpiece, Velvet da Vinci specializes in artist jewelry and metal work. Featuring dozens of independent designers in the store, Velvet da Vinci always has an exhibit on display also. From The Plastic Show, featuring all plastic works of wearable art, to Under the Cloud: jewelry inspired by 18 artists stranded in Mexico City under the Icelandic volcanic ash cloud, Velvet da Vinci is a new take on how to look at jewelry. They specialize in the kind of pieces you will end up building an outfit around, rather than using to accessorize something else. Velvet da Vinci, 2015 Polk St (between Pacific Ave & Broadway St) San Francisco, CA 94109 (415) 441-0109