Each one of a kind piece, that I create, is done with great care, passion and love. There is a certain "alchemy" that happens when I am creating my jewelry. I love history. Each antique & vintage treasure that I use has a story...a story that dates back over many years. All of the "magic" of those stories, together with Mother Earth's beautiful gemstones I choose, create a treasure that is lovingly infused with wonderful mystery & delightful energy. It is my passion to discover treasures, from the past, and give them a new life today...in the present.
My hope is that, when you wear one of my pieces, you will feel everything that I have put into it. I love each piece dearly and have faith that you will enjoy and love them as much as I do! I always strive to create jewels that will bring you great joy upon wearing or gifting them!
Tory Jeen Valach has been creating jewelry since the age of 12. Upon entering a gift shop in Montana, where she was born & raised, a lovely wire wrapped chain of jewels caught her eye. She, at that moment, decided to go home & teach herself how to create a jeweled chain. This was the beginning of a lifetime of passion for jewelry-making & design.
College & modeling came after high school (in New Mexico), then a long career in business management (in the fashion industry), but Tory Jeen never lost her passion for creating beautiful jewelry. Friends & family often received pieces as gifts. People began asking about the jewelry she would design & wear which lead to her collections for sale.
A true love and appreciation for all things possessing history eventually inspired Tory Jeen to incorporate antique & vintage treasures into her work. Most pieces are from the late 1800's through the 1930's. They are combined with genuine gemstones, vintage glass & precious metals to create one of a kind, signed pieces. Tory also specializes in Festoon chain necklaces. Festoon is most commonly used as an architectural term, but can also be applied to design in jewelry. A Festoon necklace or chain would best be described as~ "Chains suspended in curves between points as decoration". This unique necklace design drapes the neckline in a beautiful & flattering way.
Tory Jeen is not only known for her vintage fashion jewelry but also for creating custom & one of a kind rosaries, for 5 wonderful years, for the Christ in The Desert Benedictine Monastery in Abiquiu, New Mexico. These pieces became so popular she incorporated them into her ongoing collections & they are now available in many of the shops & galleries that carry her designs or through custom ordering.
Tory Jeen's designs are sold exclusively in upscale boutiques & galleries around the country & directly through this web site.