What is the mission of Valerie Madison Jewelry?
I strive to create fine wedding jewelry that is affordable, eco-conscious, and beautiful. My jewelry is designed thoughtfully and I pay attention to how a piece feels, how comfortable it is, and how durable it will be. I work hard to source recycled precious metals and Canadian-mined diamonds whenever possible.
What is Valerie Madison Jewelry's origin story?
While working on my degree in Environmental Science & Resource Management from the University of Washington, I discovered jewelry by happenstance and I found that I was very passionate about it. The shift to working in jewelry took some time but I found ways to maintain my love for the environment as well as find ways to apply environmental responsibility to my jewelry line.
What is one of your favorite projects you've ever worked on?
Every customer order is special but my favorite project was a ring that I secretly made for a dear friend as a surprise engagement ring. This ring let me flex my creative muscles and allowed me to show off my design skills. I was able to blend her tastes with my modern aesthetic to create a stunning and one-of-a-kind ring that had emeralds and diamonds, both her and her partner's birthstones.
How are you a wedding space disrupter?
I am a woman of color with a fine jewelry line, not a very common sight in this industry. I offer sleek design that isn't often found in commercial retail settings. I work one-on-one with clients to make them a ring with good craftsmanship and quality materials so that they don't have to worry about flimsy jewelry. When I design jewelry, I try to be different by being as "green" as possible while crafting precious metals jewelry with the highest attention to quality and endurance.
What three ingredients are necessary for a great day at Valerie Madison Jewelry?
Good music, an afternoon walk with my shop dog, Omar, and my customers' thank-you emails.
What are some traits of your ideal clients and customers?
My customers are thoughtful and desire eco-friendly design with a modern aesthetic.
I focus on simple, modern, and elegant jewelry made with eco-friendly recycled metals and quality gemstones. All of the pieces are designed by me, Valerie Madison, in my Seattle jewelry studio where I also work on custom orders.