Featured Artists – Valerie Thomas and Dana Shirley

1 Sep
Valerie Thomas and Dana Shirley of Laguna Blue Studios from ChagrinFalls, OH and Naples, FL, have studied with masters in gold smithing both locally at the Cleveland Institute of Art, and internationally at Alchimia Jewellery School in Florence, Italy.
All pieces are one-of-a-kind and Valerie and Dana use both ancient and contemporary fabrication processes to produce a unique style. With a combined 40 years of experience they have developed varying styles and designs which makes their collaborations most interesting.
The couple has won many awards over the years with Dana winning the most recent international and prestigious award in England for his Chasing and Repoussé techniques.
Valerie is a highly skilled gem carver in both organic and fantasy cut gems.
Dana has demonstrated his art of chasing and repoussé at fine art shows for years.
Their distinguished jewelry starts with Argentium® sterling silver, the best sterling on the market today with more pure silver (.935) and it is tarnish resistant and twice as strong as the older sterling.  18k and pure gold are used to accent their higly textured pieces. The artists fabricate quality, one-of-a-kind pieces that will give years of enjoyment

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