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Valerie Ostenak

"Feel the passion . . . Live the passion. In wearing my jewelry, women are declaring that they have empowered themselves to follow their passions. Standing in the graceful self-confidence that they are infinitely remarkable and valuable, they inspire others to live passionately. "

Movement and flow are the inspiration in her designs . . . vines and tendrils curling around each other, water in a stream bubbling over pebbles and stones. Like the tendrils and water that flow, neckpieces are formed to flow over a woman's shoulders, resting in perfect harmony on the curves of her body.

The steel Valerie works must be yellow hot to be shaped and formed. In that moment of perfect yellow, the steel becomes soft and sensuous. Sterling silver jewelry is worked cold. Each hammer blow creates the texture and flowing movement in the piece. Valerie leaves the marks from the hammer blows . . . like the facets on a diamond, they sparkle bringing light and life to the silver.

Ostenak's metals training began with jewelry and metalsmithing courses at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff AZ, and continued at California State University Long Beach, CA. She has also worked with interior designers, architects, and blacksmiths designing and creating sculpture, lighting, interior furnishings, and railing. Art and design is her life.

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Neptune's Gift III
Gold, Steel & Pearl Necklace
by Valerie Ostenak
$ 2,000
Window to the Waves
Silver, Steel & Stone Necklace
by Valerie Ostenak
$ 1,850
Neptune's Chariot
Mixed-Media Necklace
by Valerie Ostenak
$ 2,400
Sun Queen
Gold, Steel & Stone Necklace
by Valerie Ostenak
$ 2,600
Old World Vines
Gold & Steel Necklace
by Valerie Ostenak
$ 2,500
Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Saul Bell Design Award Competition: Finalist, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, New Mexico/online, 2017
Wearable Expressions 7th International Exhibition , Los Angeles, CA, Rancho Palos Verdes Art Center, 2017
(Up}Setting the Stone, online exhibition, Society of North American Goldsmiths , 2017
Artistar Jewels, Milan, Italy, Palazzo dei Giureconsulti, 2017
Centurion Show International Emerging Designer Award, Tucson AZ, a major resort, 2011