Jewelry Designer Zina Sherman on the “Inviting Glow” of Sterling Silver

After three decades in the jewelry biz, her love affair with sterling is still going strongNow that silver is super-fashionable—not to mention ubiquitous in fine jewelry stores across the country—Zina Sherman could easily say, “I told you so!” She wouldn’t—the Los Angeles–based designer is far too genial and humble—but she could. She saw the appeal of sterling decades ago, long before the prohibitive price of gold began forcing artists to expand their precious metal offerings. When she was first starting out, silver was “really inexpensive,” Sherman says. But a major part of the metal’s allure, she adds, was its “inviting glow.” Zina Sterling Silver now comprises well over a dozen ­collections, including pins, cufflinks, and all-too-rare ­contemporary pieces such as clip earrings. And don’t expect her to go for the gold (or platinum or brass) anytime soon. T

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