Few careers date as far back as the jeweler. From Egyptian headdresses to the wedding charms that decorated Henry VIII's bracelets, jewelry has been a sign of opulence and beauty that transcends generations. At the California Institute of Jewelry Training, instructors teach classes for all skill levels in a variety of disciplines. The institute's classes cover the skills needed to become a jewelry designer, gemologist, or stone setter or to forge a different professional track. For casual students and hobbyists, instructors lead one-day workshops that touch on specific facets of jewelry making ranging from wire wrapping to enameling to blacksmithing.
With bras made of candy and an entire section devoted to bachelorette-bash party favors, Kiss N Tell often takes a lighthearted approach to erotic goods. However, it doesn't sacrifice classiness to be crude. Since its inception in 1995, it has advocated for positive and healthy sexual expression, and it has an expert staff on hand to answer questions in a comfortable store setting. Plus, all of Kiss N Tell's products are on display for guests to inspect.
The offerings include We-Vibe couples' vibrators and personal massagers such as the Mini iVibe Rabbit, a smaller version of the popular Rabbit toy, as well as rose petals, Kama Sutra massage oils and candles, and other romantic accessories. Even Kiss N Tell's handcuffs selection is impressively varied—classic metal bracelets contrast with soft, feathery cuffs and the glow-in-the-dark plastic versions favored by policemen who patrol past midnight.
Fay Jewelers is Sacramento's one-stop shop for great prices on diamond rings and jewelry. We buy, sell, and trade all fine jewelry, and also offer in-house repairs and custom design. From bridal sets to earrings and pendants, we have a comprehensive selection of diamonds, surely something for every occasion and budget.
Located just west of Marshall Park, Cuffs stocks one of a kind vintage finds alongside independent and local designs, offering everything from tops, bottoms, and shoes to one-piece rompers and hand-made accessories. Suit up for summer in the color-splashed old-flame sundress ($48) or pay homage to childhood in the sand-and-sun romper ($46). Cuffs' chunky faux-leather, zip-back in-the-nude heels in taupe ($48) will match every color in your wardrobe or suitcase, and the vintage time-tested pocket watch ($32) will add a touch of Victorian class to your finest hooded gowns. Cuffs caters to the body-covering needs of both men and women, so update your beau's clothes with a long-sleeved day-one shirt ($38), or liven up a languid relationship by adorning the familiar face with chunky walk-this-way specs ($22).
Alister Oliver started taking photographs as a curious four-year-old—primarily of the worms in his garden. It’s been a while since those grub-hunting days, and in the intervening years, Alister discovered human subjects and a deep admiration for the work of Mary Quant, the iconic British fashion designer. His current work glimmers with flashes of the designer’s ultra-mod aesthetic, making for delightfully unexpected portraits and fashion photos.
At his current studio, Alister Photography, he specializes in eye-catching, magazine-quality portraits. Though he’s adept at creating traditional shots, his work shines when he’s reimagining icons such as Charlie Chaplin and Willy Wonka as women, or exploring the play of light and shadow on a subject in an otherwise unremarkable hallway. That same wellspring of creativity flows into his wedding photography, which chronicles nuptials more effectively than cutting the bride’s dress in half to count its rings.