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Sarah Graham at Squash Blossom

Caramie Schnell
Vail CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily
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Decayed wood often doesn’t merit a second glance, but for jewelry designer Sarah Graham, it was her inspiration for a new compilation called the Shadow Collection.

“It’s cast from decayed wood we found on an avocado ranch,” Graham said. “There’s so much great design in nature already ” it’s kind of a no-brainer.”

The Squash Blossom is hosting a debut Trunk Show with designer Sarah Graham from 2 ” 5 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday. Graham designs evocative jewelry by applying original artistry and fashions it with the traditional methods underlying old-world craftsmanship. The jewelry is subtly feminine, yet substantial.

Graham’s career as a jeweler began when she made a simple line drawing of a bracelet for her sister as a Christmas present. She took the design to a local jeweler and asked him if he could create it. The two went back and forth getting the bracelet just right and the process got her “jazzed on making jewelry,” she said.

A recent college graduate at the time, Graham had been using her business degree to work at a stock brokerage.

“Much to my father’s chagrin, who had paid for college, I said (to the jeweler) I’ll wash your windows if you teach me how to make jewelry.”

That was 12 years ago, and Graham hasn’t looked, she said. After making other people’s designs for nearly eight years, Graham launched Sarah Graham Metalsmithing in 2000. Graham uses 18-karat gold, blackened steel, diamonds and pearls to create arresting contrasts, she said.

“My jewelry is pretty modern and sophisticated. I like the clean, modern look but I think ultimately what works best with the body is something with softness. That’s why I like the juxtaposition between something like steel, which is industrial and sophisticated, and the organic shapes, which soften the look.”

Her signature combination of black, white, and gold colors immediately identifies the artist. Celebrities such as Sharon Stone and Kim Basinger own her jewelry.

Graham sees her customers as a strong, accomplished women with graceful, natural beauty ” women who want their jewelry to display self-confidence in taste and style and to subtly command attention whether worn with everyday attire or evening elegance.

Please join Graham at the Squash Blossom to view her unique collection on Wednesday, March 21 and Thursday, March 22 from 2 to 5 p.m.

For more information call the Squash Blossom at (970) 476-3129.


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