Although I've considered posting reviews on Yelp before, I have never felt compelled to shout from the rooftops about how marvelous a buying experience was until now. My fiance spotted Macchiarini's --a treasure of a shop in North Beach--while strolling down Grant Street. We had been on the hunt for a jewelry shop to custom make our wedding rings for quite some time. Macchiarini's turned out to be the perfect place. We do not consider ourselves "modernists" but Dan, the owner of the shop and creator of a huge and impressive collection of modernist jewelry, didn't mind. He listened to our ideas about the kind of rings we wanted and worked with us until we had exactly what we wanted. He also gave us a great price (half of what another shop in NB wanted to charge us). Not only are the rings gorgeous, but we also have a whole video and snapshots of our participation in the ring making process! Dan took us through the whole procedure--choosing the metals and stones, modifying the wax molds, "pouring" the rings, putting the melted metal in the centrifuge, buffing them out, EVERYTHING! There is no way we would have received this kind of unique experience anywhere else. How many couples can say that they poured their own wedding rings? And they were cast in the same mold, a nice symbol of our future together! Dan seriously made this experience amazing. Five stars is not enough!
I bought my Tacori engagement ring, diamond and our 2 wedding bands at Steve Padis in June 2011. We were very happy with Vic who looked after us on our visit. We were in the store from 11am until 5pm (with a break for lunch) and he was extremely patient, professional, knowledgeable and helpful. He was happy to give an opinion but was in no way pushy. We managed to get our e-ring re-sized on the same day which was useful as we were international visitors on holidays. We negotiated a good deal for the package and have since had the e-ring valued locally for Insurance purposes at over 2 times what we paid for it. After care service so far has been great also I would highly recommend and will definitely be back in the future
I have been a customer for years, and will be a lifetime customer. The quality of product and level of customer service is unparallel in the jewelry world in northern California. The family owned and run business just adds to the reputable people that work there. Everyone I have felt with on my many visits has been nothing but superb, friendly and welcoming.... But most of all honest and knowledgeable. They don't try and sell you up or above your budget, they are realistic and really try to get you the best piece for the person/occasion! Babur and Alexis are my favorite team members at Padis!!!