Big, bold crystal rings made using a labor intensive kiln-casting technique by San Francisco’s Vermillion Graham adorn the worthy fingers of singer-poet-actress-and-all-around-diva Jill Scott.
The rings ($195) are part of a collection of colorful pate de verre crystal jewelry and home accessories handmade by Garry Graham, who recently opened the Mission Street destination for high-end designer vintage women’s apparel, limited edition sculptural objects for the home and design-driven finds with fellow designer Tony Vermillion. Graham’s crystal jewelry stands out not only for its larger-than-life proportions, but also for the way it’s made. Instead of blown glass, the pieces are hand-cast using methods similar to those of bronze casting and then fired in a kiln. The resulting baubles have a milky, rock-like quality that’s full of bohemian appeal.
As for other reasons to visit the shop, fashion fans will find many. Racks of designer vintage apparel in impeccable condition deliver Graham and Vermillion’s handpicked selection of high-fashion finds, including pieces from Ungaro, Yves Saint Laurent, Thierry Mugler and Christian Lacroix. A defining detail behind the clothing on offer is the duo’s commitment to carrying only iconic pieces made during the designer’s tenure at a namesake fashion house.
And crystal rings are hardly the only original jewelry and original works you’ll find in the white-walled shop. If you’re looking for something with a little more edge, head for Vermillion’s punky tops emblazoned with early Vivienne Westwood imagery or Graham’s giant quartz necklaces. And for those looking to, uh, elevate the male member to statement piece status, solid gold winged phalluses should do the trick.
Photography courtesy of Vermillion Graham