Jeanine PayerPoetry hand-engraved onto precious metals is how San Francisco-based jewelry designerJeanine Payer creates her collections of emotionally engaging yet subtle jewelry. Thereare few things as intimate as wearing poetry against your skin, as many of her clients canattest. Her international following includes Jessica Lange, Susan Sarandon, Mick Jaggerand Johnny Depp. Payer has also worked closely to design custom pieces for Meg Ryan,Seal, Sheryl Crow, and Debra Messing.Growing up in Southern California, Payer was surrounded by an artistic family whoencouraged her to pursue creative expression in all its forms, whether it was keepingjournals or studying sculpture and drawing. "I believe in pieces having a wonder aboutthem. I like making things that are at once both powerful and private" says Payer.One of Payers first creations was designed as a gift: a tiny book engraved with a belovedpoem by Rainer Maria Rilke that only the wearer knew was there. Today, Payers designscontinue to be graced with the words of both contemporary and ancient voices such asEmily Dickinson, Rumi, Lao Tzu, Jane Hirshfield, and Ovid. "Each person brings theirown particular meaning to the jewelry, therefore each piece becomes highly endowed"says the designer. These pieces become talismanic as they are chosen to mark emotionaland philosophical moments in each persons life.Payer and her highly-skilled team of fifteen metalsmiths craft three collections a year in abustling atelier in the historic Phelan Building, San Franciscos original jewelry center.The jewelry is on display in her retail store, located just a few floors below the workshop,as well as in over 250 specialty stores worldwide including Fred Segal in Los Angeles,Barneys New York and Japan.