For over 30 years, Santa Cruz based designer Sarah Borgeson has drawn inspiration from the diverse worlds of art, architecture and nature for her distinctive jewelry line, Salt. As a formally educated sculptor of 52, she is dedicated to the creation of contemporary, sophisticated designs that are bold in their originality. Her pieces spur women of all ages to cast off the expected and seek out that which speaks to their inner self, giving them a tangible way to express their individuality. Sarah revels in the nexus of art and nature—experiencing the world through the patterns, textures and colors around her and shaping those into exquisitely curated, versatile collections that challenge common interpretations.
A native Californian, Sarah grew up with an architect father and artistic mother. “I began making things jewelry-related at an early age,” she says. “Growing up in Mill Valley in the ‘70s, I frequented the Marin City Flea Market and found no shortage of cool junk and excellent people-watching.” She prefers sourcing glass, vintage, found and repurposed materials from flea markets, thrift stores and vintage closeouts over using mass-mined gemstones, lending a one-of-a-kind essence to her work. After she graduated from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 1988 with a BA in Sculpture, she was hired by San Francisco designer David Navarro. She worked under his mentorship in his 3rd Street studio for three years, creating unique, sought after pieces for his line Navarro Alternatives. David inspired her to take risks, tune into customers’ needs and make pieces that were offbeat and distinctive.
When not in the studio creating, Sarah can be found hiking in the Santa Cruz mountains, enjoying the ocean and soaking up the world around her.