Squash Blossom got this exclusive interview with now Colorado-based jewelry designer Sarah Graham.
Sarah Graham has created a unique look combining her love of science and her fascination with nature. Having just moved from San Francisco to Colorado, her natural inspiration varies from the sea to the mountains. The blackened cobalt chrome in her designs pairs well with 18 karat white, yellow, and rose gold to create an industrial color contrast while celebrating natural textures and shapes.
Jewelry by Sarah Graham, available at the Squash Blossom Vail
SB: Was there a turning point in your life that led you to jewelry design?
SG: It was just after my college graduation, and I just taken an entry level job at a brokerage house. I wandered into a jewelry store/pawn shop to inquire about having a piece of jewelry made for a sister’s Christmas gift. The process brought me back to the store a half a dozen times, and by the end I had quit my job to wash the jewelers windows in exchange for jewelry making lessons. Fortunately he moved me to manager within a couple months, and Saturdays were spent learning the basics at the bench.
SB: Is there a piece that you sold that you wish you had kept for yourself?
SG: I used to exhibit alongside Altelier Munstiener, the famous German stone cutter. One year I went a little crazy and bought some truly amazing stones without a clue of what I would do with them. I showed them to one of my best clients and he commissioned me to make a gorgeous cuff for himself and a pendant for his daughter. The stones were both remarkable rutilated quartz, and almost impossible to repeat – the cross in particular – I have been searching for another for years to no avail…but they are in a good home where they are appreciated, so that makes me happy!
SB: What do you consider to be your greatest achievement to date?
SG: Creating a job for myself that I truly love and still feel passionate about.
- Good quality loose leaf green tea
- A pair of earrings to brighten my face and my mood
- My Temperpedic mattress
- A Pilates class at least once a week
- My son’s smile
SB: Finish this statement: When I’m not making/designing jewelry, I am…
SG: Being a mom to my son, Strummer. This involves lots of time at the park and library. On Thursdays we used to go to a place called Spazio Italiano where we learned Italian together…not surprising, his Italian is much better than mine. Kids learn languages so much more easily than adults!