I’m Valerie. I’m a Chicagoland native living in Columbia, South Carolina, but I spend summer in Michigan and good luck finding me in one place anyway. I started metalsmithing years ago as a hobby after work and when life moved me south selling jewelry was going to be something I did while I looked for a “real job” in my new home. Turns out this is a real job.
I love to travel all over the world. I’ve been to enough countries to know that counting how many countries you’ve been to is meaningless. After college I spent a year living in Japan and took the long way around Earth to get home—Tokyo to London by myself without an airplane. I still sneak away to foreign lands when I can, but recently I’ve been having the time of my life finding adventures in my own backyard. Much of my jewelry is inspired by my travels and the great outdoors.