San Francisco Christmas Gem Tour

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As a little holiday gift, I’m taking you gem shopping in San Francisco. In addition to being a resilience expert, I also am a graduate gemologist and write gem-filled mysteries for teens and tweens.

It’s been a good year, and together we’ve tackled tough topics in life, bringing new insights together for more resilience in the everyday challenges we all face. Especially those of us who’ve walked with loved ones through difficult moments or met a certain hurdle face-on with renewed strength.

While visiting some relatives in the Bay Area, I couldn’t resist taking a peek at what’s new from some of my favorites. Let’s take a break from the mayhem and enjoy some sparkle together.

Bulgari had it’s classic necklace on display. Lots of glitter. Like a starburst flower of gold and diamond fans.


Cartier’s panthers were on alert outside the store, wrapped like a present.


Graff cast it’s magic spell right over me, as always. I was able to see the beautiful butterfly watches in person. One that even had large dancing butterflies in motion with a cascade of white diamonds in movement across the front. I felt like a princess getting a tour throughout the large store in San Francisco. Years ago, my husband and I were able to visit Graff in London. Also very wonderful. So amazing! I’ve got a video treat at the end of the blog if you want to see inside their exclusive salon for high-spending clients.


Another wonder were the delicate gems at Gumps, a San Francisco favorite of mine. Simplicity that reminds me of roman gems was on display, as well as ornately contrived or carved gems, like those of Russell Trusso.



I also loved Buccellati’s more romantic feel, like delicate lace with cascading diamonds. I’ve got a great article by another gemologist at Gemologue below if you want to see more of these spectacular gems.


I loved their gorgeous window displays, with subtle dazzle abounds.


And I definitely did not feel blue at all visiting Gucci.


The view of Union Square reminded me of sparkling gems, too.

Hope you enjoyed this bit of window shopping, to add a quiet moment and a bit of sparkle to your holiday fun!


For more about the wonder of Graff’s private meeting rooms, check out this YouTube video here: Graff Jewelers Tour

For more dazzling gems and in-depth style featuring Bucalletti, see this great video interview from Gemologue here: Gemologue interviews Bucalletti family


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