On the surface, it could be said that people wear jewelry simply to help them look good in their clothing. But jewelry can do more than pull an outfit together, although the right pieces certainly do make that happen. Well-made, unique jewelry can also tell a story about what the wearer finds important, who they are and who they aspire to become. Best of all, wearing a different style of jewelry can completely change how others see you, and you can change that conception as often as your mood changes. Nothing makes a statement better than gorgeous handmade jewelry, and these Sacramento shops offer many pieces with which to express yourself.
Rainbow Bridge Jewelers
721 Sutter St.
Folsom, CA 95630
Rainbow Bridge is tucked away in historic Old Folsom and the shop includes unique, artisan pieces not carried by the average jewelry store in a mall. Handmade necklaces, earrings, bracelets and rings are available from designers both near and far. Jim Kelly’s striking jewelry, exclusive to Rainbow, is made with materials like Peruvian opals, chalcedony and lavender stone. Acclaimed artist Tabra Tunoa is known for her powerful pieces that often feature semi-precious stones, talismans and sacred symbols; the shop also offers designs Tunoa created for it exclusively. Other handmade and one-of-a-kind pieces are available from artisans including Ayala Bar and Andrea Menghetti.
Article Consignment Boutique
5704 Elvas Ave.
Sacramento, CA 95819
Judging by its name, one could easily expect Article Consignment to carry only previously owned clothing and accessories. In fact, the shop also carries unique handmade jewelry from local designers such as Mortal Coil Jewelry. A collaboration of two Sacramento jewelers, Mortal Coil makes pieces that are not only created by hand; each item is one-of-a-kind. Article Consignment sells a variety of the mixed-media pieces, which can feature semiprecious stones, metals and altered art. While the duo specializes in steampunk, neo-Victorian and fantasy designs, shoppers can also find fun and funky filigreed and floral pieces.