Chicagoland jeweler Graziela Saade Kaufman has been a rising jewelry designer over 20 years. She is GIA certified in Colored Gems, Diamonds and Jewelry Making, all of which make her a fascinating spokesperson for her own fabulous brand of unforgettable jewelry, appropriately called Graziella Gems.
Growing up in Brazil, she learned firsthand about jewelry from her Italian father and grandfather. Brazil itself is a treasure trove of rare mineral mining finds – many of which she discovered in her own backyard.
In Graziela’s intimate showroom, there are so many beautifully crafted and unique rings, bracelets, necklaces and earrings to see, touch and appreciate. Although many of her gemstones have familiar names like aquamarine, smoky garnet, topaz, turquoise, sapphire, emeralds, and, of course, beautifully handset diamonds, there are many stones from far-away places you may never have even heard about. “Brazil is the world's largest producer of colored gemstones and I'm fortunate to have relationships with the miners to secure the best of the best,” Graziela admitted proudly.
And Graziela always has a story or two to share as she describes the stones’ origins, the specific designs of each piece, and how she crafted and branded each of her four collections. Her enthusiasm and knowledge add more sparkle to the buyer’s jewelry selection, as you know she knows each jewelry piece intimately. She even sounds like actress Sophia Vergara when she speaks!
There are four basic collections Graziela has created: Graziela, Mystical, Infinity, The Classics plus her magnificent one-of-a-kind jewelry. From time to time, there’s a holiday sale.
Since her popularity has soared across the U.S., Graziela’s gems are now frequently seen on the arms, necks and fingers of many actresses like Carrie Underwood, Emma Watson, Maria Menounos, Octavia Spencer and Isla Fisher at award and Hollywood industry shows. She advises new clients that, “you don’t have to spend a lot to wear what celebrities wear.” Graziela’s retail jewelry costs depend on which high-quality gemstones she uses and the complexity of each piece. Prices range from several hundred dollars up to many thousands of dollars.
One interesting thing among many about Graziela: she is as beautiful as many of the celebrities who wear her jewelry. Her European looks, beautiful long brown hair and tall stature make her the best model to display her own jewels.
Besides designing and selling her unique jewelry pieces, Graziela is a wife and mother of four sons, two dogs and two cats.
One of her passions is to help homeless animals, so she opened an animal shelter in November, 2011, called, “Tails of Hope” Tails of Hope website. One of her greatest joys is spending time at the shelter with all the amazing cats and dogs. Five percent of all Graziela’s jewelry proceeds are donated to Tails of Hope.
Her pieces can primarily be found at grazelagems website, and at local stores like Enaz in Highland Park, Il. Elements, Chicago and Frances Heffernan in Winnetka, Il. Graziela’s jewelry is worth a trip to your computer or, if in the Chicago area, to one of the jewelry boutiques that carry her brands.
Photos: Barbara Keer