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Valerie Demicheva and Anh-Minh Le | August 11, 2016 | Lifestyle Story Shopping

Bling Tone
Shamila Jiwa is a self-professed “globe-trotting gem sleuth.” Her handmade pieces feature Madagascar labradorite, Tanzanian garnet and rutilated topaz from Myanmar. Inspired by omotenashi—Japanese hospitality—Jiwa aims to anticipate her clients’ needs. “I like to create a Cinderella glass-slipper moment,” she says— “when it feels like the piece was made just for you.” Nearly a decade ago, Jiwa—who splits her time between Seattle and Sunnyvale—decided to leave the nonprofit sector to master jewelry design and gem sourcing. Today, her dome-shaped cocktail stacking rings and carved minaret earrings are becoming staples among her Silicon Valley clients. “My all-time favorite is a large London blue topaz cocktail ring,” says Atsuko Kagami, a Bay Area-based Amazon engineer. “I never get tired of looking at the sparkles, and I’ll be loving the jewelry forever.” While Jiwa has a robust e-commerce site, on Aug. 13 and 14, you can marvel at her creations in person: She will be showcasing her signature pieces (from $425) at the Los Gatos Fiesta de Artes.
–Valerie Demicheva

Global Vision
In June, seven months after launching its flagship in San Francisco, St. Frank inaugurated its second outpost, located in Palo Alto. The brand specializes in socially conscious luxury home decor with a bohemian bent. The goods are crafted by artisans all over the world; for example, a set of woven coasters made in Rwanda ($35) and a framed black-and-white Senegalese textile ($2,850). “We have a large number of St. Frank collectors and followers on the Peninsula, and we’re hoping this can be their touchpoint with the St. Frank home that is a bit more relaxed and suited for the suburban/country lifestyle,” says founder and CEO Christina Bryant. Both she and the company’s head of operations, Steph Peng, are alums of the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Their new boutique carries one-of-a-kind furniture, rugs and pillows, along with antiques that are exclusive to the brick-and-mortar. Additionally, there’s furniture designed by Swaystudio and upholstered in St. Frank textiles. Swaystudio handled the interior design of both the San Francisco and Palo Alto stores; the latter is appointed with oak herringbone floors, a custom brass light fixture and wallpaper from St. Frank’s recently released collection. A bar area allows shoppers to enjoy a complimentary beverage during checkout. Town & Country Village, 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto
—Anh-Minh Le

Gem of a Store
The newly opened Kendra Scott boutique at Santana Row marks the jewelry designer’s first foray into the local retail scene. “I have been longing to open a store in the Bay Area for quite some time,” says Scott. “The energy, the friendliness, the warm culture—it all fits so well with our brand’s core values. I have already fallen in love with the charming community.” The shop stocks a range of accessories, from the everyday and fine jewelry to special-occasion pieces (including for brides). The interior is reminiscent of dropping in on a good friend—if that friend has impeccable taste, that is. “I wanted to make sure that entering our San Jose store would be an extension of being invited into my home,” explains Scott. “So this store certainly has a very personal look and feel.” 334 Santana Row, San Jose
—Anh-Minh Le

Originally published in the July issue of Silicon Valley

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