I was really excited to stop by D&H Sustainable Jewelers in San Francisco on my #JewelryRoadTrip! The name of the shop comes from the first letters of both owners’ last names–Lindsay Daunell and Shawn Higgins. Another very important word is in the name–Sustainable–the foundation on which they’ve built everything around since day one. Every facet within D&H Sustainable Jewelers is done with an eco-conscientiousness in mind, and the jewelry is just the beginning! The duo first opened in 2011 and since then, a buzz has been created of how they are doing things differently and doing them right. Case in point, these three aspects of D&H Sustainable: ethical artisan jewelry, custom design, and wine bar! Yes, a wine bar! It was one of the first things I noticed when I visited the store–along the backside of the shop, up a few stairs, a dedicated area to wine and relaxation (a great contrast to how most people visualize jewelry shopping to be like) where the Rose Cut Wine Bar sits in all its glory. D&H is proud to call their wine bar one of the only featured in a luxury jewelry store in the US. And this is where the word “sustainable” comes into play again, because the wine is organic, the actual wine bar itself is made from a fallen sycamore tree and that jewelry case you were just browsing in, also made from recycled materials!
Their shop is located on Market St. and has a great selection of jewelry. D&H Sustainable Jewelers has two large, separate cases for bridal jewelry–one for men’s and one for women’s. There are lots of options, including vintage and antique choices, even custom designs which you can help create yourself during a design consultation. Their men’s selection is one of the most diverse I’ve ever seen–so many really unique and distinctive bands, lots of 18k yellow gold, different finishes and even bands with wood! I really liked their diamond size depiction that is displayed in the bridal jewelry case–the model shows diamond sizes illustrated with various shaped CZs. Not only does it look cool but it is a good reference to use when showing customers who don’t know what a two carat vs. a four carat diamond would look like on a finger in terms of size. I made sure to take a photo of it (shown above).
D&H Sustainable also carries some designer jewelry as well as vintage and antique. Jacquie Aiche is one of their featured designers–pieces that are set with shark teeth, trilobites, and arrowheads are amongst their favorites, including mine! Elliot Gaskin Jewelry is also another featured artist who also happens to be based in San Francisco. As with all antique jewelry, each piece is unique and one-of-a-kind. The selection featured at D&H Sustainable was great–I loved their retro snake ring set with an onyx and their Victorian black enamel ring, shown in a stacked photo above. Their selection of new designer jewelry mixed really well with what they had available in vintage and antique. I was also drawn to their custom made signet rings–the originality of them and the gemstones chosen made them really special. Lapis, turquoise, black jade…some with diamonds, some without; really nice, timeless rings.
If you’re ever in the San Francisco area on Market St., you must visit D&H Sustainable Jewelers and see how this store is changing the way jewelry is made and purchased one ethically sourced item at a time!
2323 Market St.
San Francisco, CA 94114
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