Vanessa grew up in Pasadena, California. She attended Sonoma State University with special studies at Revere Jewelry Academy in San Francisco, Mendocino Art Center and Monterey Peninsula College. She moved to Monterey, CA and opened her own gallery. She currently works full-time designing and creating her jewelry in her studio in Monterey, overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
"My jewelry is designed around unusual, beautiful. one-of-a-kind gemstones and freshwater pearls. I hand fabricate the setting from 18KT and 14KT gold. Some of the more sculptured parts are first carved in wax, then cast.
I believe that jewelry is a way of wearing miniature sculpture - a portable and intimate art to be worn and constantly enjoyed. It is an art form that combines the unlimited nature of the future and the magical qualities of our oldest civilizations and will exist forever in one form or another. I love working with sterling silver, 18 k yellow gold, unusual gemstones and freshwater pearls. Because I am drawn to the Asian culture and architecture, I design simple shapes, similar to Asian characters, and accent them with my favorite gemstone and freshwater pearls, which convey the qualities of silk and the ocean. For centuries it has been believed that pearls are the most feminine of all the gemstones and hold properties to calm the mind and balance the spirit. Wear them in good health and harmony."
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