Kal and I met SF jeweler Saara Reidsema totally unexpectedly. We'd been running errands on a Saturday morning, and after realizing we were relatively close to adorable Hayes Valley, we decided to walk through the 'hood, wandering in and out of shops and grabbing a bite to eat.
We were on our way back home via BART when an open shop door caught Kali's eye. We poked our heads in the space and were greeted with a small store, filled with reclaimed wood, gorgeous jewelry, and a super friendly woman who invited us in and offered us wine.
Who knew we were crashing the soft opening party for her new retail space, SR66?
In between the oogling of jewels, cuffs, bangles, earrings, and my personal favorite, her out of control rings, we got to chatting with Saara. Turns out the skillz run in the family - her parents were jewelers as well, and she's been making jewelry since she was young. Her stories were fascinating, and she also tolerated me ooohing constantly and requesting prices on pretty much every item. Plus her dad went to Michigan State, and we're always ones to share the sparty love!
Saara's SR66 includes platinum, gold, silver, and brass jewelry crafted from recycled metal and ethically sourced stones.
We each left with some awesomeness - for me: thin brass thumb and midi rings, for Kal: a pair of pretty earrings. We promptly visited with Saara again the very next day, when we dragged the bf to the Urban Air Market and stopped by her booth. (In all fairness, he left with a cuff bracelet for his mom - Mother's Day shopping made easy). Needless to say, we've sorta become accidental stalkers.
If you like what you see, go visit Saara at her lovely retail space at 66 Gough Street in San Francisco, check her out on Etsy, or do like I do and stalk her on Facebook and Instagram. (But please for the love of all that is holy, don't buy all the things - you gotta save some rings for me and my next paycheck)