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Hansen's Jewelry Designers & Manufacturers

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<p>Don't be fooled by the picture framing sign above the awning. Hansen's Jewelry Designers & Manufacturers, in all its Rococo glory, is just inside the door. The design shop has been around since 1989 and has shifted locations several times, but has always remained in the same building. Owner David Hansen, a lifelong Albany resident, will treat you like royalty the moment you walk in. Hansen is a designer and craftsman who emphasizes "panache and pizazz." He works with clients to design custom pieces every step of the way, from the early brainstorming session to the finished product, offering customers helpful sketches, design reference books for inspiration and hand-carved wax models of their finished pieces.</p>
<p>Hansen, who says he's "crazy about gemstones," specializes in colored stones from around the world. He promises fair market prices for diamonds, which he sources from Israeli cutters, and is comfortable designing pieces from all eras. Items don't always have to be created from scratch, either. Hansen works with clients to redesign old jewelry to make it into "something that's extraordinary." The shop is also well stocked with pieces Hansen already has created. "We make fantasy for people," he said. "We never say 'No.' There's always a maybe behind it."</p>
1485 1/2 Solano Ave, Albany, CA 94706
(510) 559-4650
  • Accessibility Details: Street level access
  • Hours: Mon - Sat, noon - 6pm
  • Accessible: yes
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