New Jewelry Designer John S. Brana’s premier collections honor old-world artistry and California’s surrounding beauty.

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Bay Area native John S. Brana, former Charles Schwab VP of Finance launches his first jewelry collections for men and women inspired by the Bay Area’s natural beauty. The result is a collection of distinctive and meticulously handcrafted jewelry of the highest caliber.

Nature is my primary source of inspiration,

Bay Area native John S. Brana, former Charles Schwab VP of Finance launches his first jewelry collections for men and women inspired by the Bay Area’s natural beauty. The result is a collection of distinctive and meticulously handcrafted jewelry of the highest caliber.

"Nature is my primary source of inspiration, “ says Brana. “Whether I'm driving down the coast or strolling through a park, the creative combinations of colors, textures, shapes, and symbols are endless, and California is the perfect place to start.”

John S. Brana’s premier women’s collections include:

  • The Monterey, evoking the magic of the sea with hand-forged metal filled with delicate Italian mesh ribbon.
  • The Pacific Heights, featuring comprehensive swirls of 14K gold-filled wire accented with precious gemstones.
  • The Sea Cliff, bold in scale and accented with dramatic sea creatures, unusually shaped beads, and precious gemstones.
  • The SoMa, sleek and contemporary with a surprising bohemian-urban undercurrent.
  • The Sonoma, an epitome of relaxed sophistication.

John S. Brana’s premier men’s collections include:

  • The Redwood, a tribute to the natural awe-inspiring giants.
  • The Reptile, capturing the primal power of all things wild.
  • The Sierra, moved by the formidable Sierra Nevada’s grandeur into a spare, yet powerful abstract.
  • The Tonga, motivated by the remarkable artistry of ancient Pacific island tribes.
  • The Wave, inspired by the soothing lull of the Pacific Ocean and the tranquility embodied in spare, graceful design.

As a child, John S. Brana traveled extensively and learned from his father, an accomplished artist and teacher, how to perfect techniques in metal and resin casting, fabrication, and woodworking. While John had the opportunity to expand his father’s award-winning three-dimensional stained glass business, he chose to pursue a more “practical” career in Finance. After graduating in 1990 from University of Michigan with an M.B.A. in Finance, Brana moved to San Francisco and worked his way up in corporate finance to vice president of The Charles Schwab Corporation. It was his father’s death in 2003 that made Brana re-evaluate his priorities and rekindled his childhood passion for artisan crafts and jewelry.

Bold in scale, unique and precious, John S. Brana’s pieces are perfect for those who enjoy interesting jewelry design and are seeking to make an unusual statement. Brana’s specialty is in fine silver, gold, and gold-filled wire combined with fresh-water pearls, Swarovski crystals, Venetian glass and precious gemstones—all carefully hand-selected during John’s frequent trips to Europe, Asia, and throughout the United States.

Selected John S. Brana’s jewelry is currently available at Residents Apparel Gallery (R.A.G), Porcelynne boutique in San Francisco and Marlowe & Company Jewellers in St. Helena. For online orders, please visit John S. Brana - Distinctive Jewelry

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Monterey CollectionMonterey CollectionThe Monterey Collection evokes the magic of the sea. Hand-forged rings of fine silver, 14K gold, or 14K gold filled provide stunning aquatic shimmer; Italian mesh metal ribbon adds undulating softness; and semi-precious gemstones and Swarovski Crystals add breath-taking depth. Matching sets of necklaces, bracelets, and earrings are available in over 25 different color combinations.Pacific HeightsPacific HeightsThe Pacific Heights Collection is sheer opulence and these ornate pieces are certain to be perennial favorites. Flowing, cascading swirls of 14K gold, 14K gold filled, and sterling silver wire cast a beguiling spell. Citrine, gold quartz, smoky quartz, amethyst, blue topaz, and garnet gemstones add a luxurious crowning touch. Matching sets are available in pendants, rings, earrings and brooches.Sea CliffSea CliffThere is nothing staid about the Sea Cliff Collection. The unique pieces are bold in scale and accented with dramatic sea creatures, unusually shaped beads, and precious and semi-precious gemstones. Because each piece in this line of marine-themed necklaces, rings, and brooches is fashioned from hand-selected elements, no two are alike. The result is striking jewelry that truly makes a splash.SoMa CollectionSoMa CollectionThe SoMa Collection is sleek and contemporary with a surprising bohemian undercurrent. Hammered fine silver, 14K gold filled, or 14K gold give the line a funky urban charm. Semi-precious gemstones, Swarovski Crystals, and pearls add pop to many pieces. The result is that each piece feels like a hidden treasure. This versatile line is as appropriate at swank nightspots as it is at trendy coffee shops. Matching sets available in earrings, necklaces, and bracelets.Sonoma CollectionSonoma CollectionPerfect for opening night at the opera or a stroll through the wine country, the Sonoma Collection is the epitome of relaxed sophistication. Each piece is crafted from sterling silver or 14K gold filled chainmail, semi-precious gemstones, and pearls. Matching sets of bracelets, necklaces, and earrings are available in an array of colors.Redwood CollectionRedwood CollectionThe Redwood Collection is a tribute to the enduring wonder of these awe-inspiring giants. This collection’s richly textured pieces perfectly convey the exquisite, organic beauty found in nature. This collection is available in matching sets of fine silver or 22K yellow gold rings, necklaces, and cufflinks for him.Reptile CollectionReptile CollectionUncannily animalistic, the Reptile Collection captures the primal power of all things wild. This boldly original collection is available in matching sets of fine silver or 22K yellow gold rings, necklaces, and cufflinks for him.Sierra CollectionSierra CollectionThe Sierra Collection translates the mountain range’s grandeur into a spare, yet powerful, abstract. Inspired by the formidable Sierra Nevada, this minimalist style is perfect for rugged individuals who embrace simplicity and seek adventure. This collection is available in matching sets of fine silver or 22K yellow gold rings, necklaces, and cufflinks for him.Tonga CollectionTonga CollectionThe Tonga Collection is inspired by the remarkable artistry of ancient Pacific island tribes. Its unusual blend of primitive motif and intricate carving gives this collection an exotic appeal that is surprisingly modern. This collection is available in matching sets of fine silver or 22K yellow gold rings, necklaces, and cufflinks for him.Wave CollectionWave CollectionEnjoy the hypnotic serenity of the Wave Collection. Inspired by the soothing lull of the Pacific Ocean, these pieces will appeal to those who appreciate the tranquility embodied in spare, graceful design. This collection is available in matching sets of fine silver or 22K yellow gold rings, necklaces, and cufflinks for him.