Hi, I'm Sandrine Valentine. I am a child's attorney by trade who found her calling in jewelry design at a jewelry artist show on a trip to Arizona in the summer 2008.
Upon my return to New York City I studied metalsmithing in a private studio and it blew my mind. I have been making jewelry ever since and have continued to learn throughout the years various techniques. In the past few years I have been focusing on the lost wax process whereby making wax models later casted into metal.
I first gifted my jewelry to family and friends. Over time I sold my jewelry through word of mouth. And in the past two and a half years I have been selling through my Etsy shop and at various markets around New York City.
My tag line is "finding inspiration in the land around me." During my walks in NYC and travels oversea I take photographs, draw, and collect discarded objects that I use for inspiration. My jewelry is handmade in my studio in Brooklyn. I use precious metals and semi precious gemstones.
Maker Spotlight is part of a month long series during Maker/National Craft Month, where NY Handmade Collective artists and Etsy small business shop owners are featured. They share a bit about themselves and their craft, helping to create connection between them, the team, and our reader and customer base. We hope you enjoy learning about and seeing the people behind our multi-faceted handmade collective.