Smith Silversmith Jewelry by Val Smith
Intrinsically soulful stones provide the inspiration for many of my hand fabricated jewelry creations. My work starts with many sketches and leads to sterling silver textured backdrops designed to synergistically compliment uniquely cut designer stones. I have two jewelry lines. Smith Silversmith comprises my “one of a kind” custom designed and hand fabricated silver pieces set with semi precious gem stones. My “Wiggly Couture” line is a whimsical fusion of techniques and materials that incorporate American and Italian blown glass, vintage elements, as well as other unusual items.
This creative passion began in 1970 and continued through college. During which time I began to establish my creative artistic identity, I was studying for a Occupational Therapy career. Becoming a jeweler’s apprentice fueled my enthusiasm and confidence and led me into doing juried shows. I continued balancing both careers taking on customer commissions while doing studio shows for decades. My artistic journey continues. I have participated in and have shown jewelry with the Southern Arizona Alchemists Guild from 2006-2018. Currently, I am a member of the Sonoran Jewelry Metal Arts Guild based in Tucson, Az.