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Meet the Valerie Madison Team

These are the lovely folks that make VM a wonderful place to work in and serve our clients.

Are you interested in joining our team? Click here to see what roles we have open or send your resume to

Valerie Madison, Owner

Valerie Madison

Owner & Designer

I love my job, especially when choosing gemstones! I hand-select every stone you see in our designs with beauty and quality being my top considerations. I have a degree in Environmental Science & Resource Management making me a great advocate for our planet. I also enjoy shopping for leopard-print tops, collecting fossils and crystals, practicing my Spanish, and tending to my indoor jungle at home.

Liz, Head of Sales Extraordinaire

Liz Ferris

Head of Sales, Store Manager

I lead our Sales Team and am the Store Manager for our charming Madrona showroom. I met Valerie in 2017 and joined her as employee #2 just shortly after, it’s been an incredible experience to see the VM brand grow through the years. When I’m not at work I love reading and cuddling my kitties Theodore & Beatrix.

Lauren, sales associate

Lauren Forbes

Gemologist, Sales Associate

I am the staff gemologist (aka gem nerd) and sales associate who can help answer all your jewelry questions, write your appraisal, or source the perfect stone for your ring.  When I’m not in the studio you can find me teaching fitness classes, making Spotify playlists, writing, or watching the newest episode of Dateline.  

Amara Palmer

Sales Associate

I fell in love with vintage and ethically made fine jewelry in college. To adorn yourself in it marries the stunning beauty our planet provides us with a sentimental meaning you attach. As a sales associate, I am excited to share the craftsmanship at VM. When not at work, you can find me practicing minimalism with maximalist design, lounging with my cat Miss Cleo, collecting tea, and learning how to parallel park!

Nina Hartman

Bench Jeweler

I am quiet, dedicated, and passionate about working with my hands. I wake up every day excited to put all my love and positivity into the things I make. I’ve lived in Seattle most of my life, except for the 4 years I spent at the Rhode Island School of Design. When I’m not making jewelry, I run, bike, knit, play piano, and drink caffeinated beverages. Sometimes I’m a little too serious.

Saraya, shipping coordinator

Saraya Ittidecharchoti

Operations Coordinator

I keep track of inventory and ship your orders! A few things I enjoy include curating my wardrobe, making clothes and plant care. You can find me cutting up my old bed sheet to sew into pants or rotating my begonia collection for maximum sun!

Charlotte, bench jeweler

Charlotte Muller

Bench Jeweler

I make the shiny stuff. When I’m not goldsmithing for Valerie Madison or working in my own jewelry studio, I’m either DIY renovating my mid-mod dream house or in my kitchen testing new recipes. I couldn’t remain at the top of my game in every way without the support of my handsome cat, clever dachshund puppy and my amazing husband to be.

Laura, content creator

Laura O'Clair

Content Creator

I get to take pictures of sparkly things for a living! Each day I wake up feeling blessed, with the intention of bringing more beauty into the world through my work at VM. I focus on contributing in creative and playful ways that add value to the company. After hours, my time is spent going on spontaneous adventures and decorating unconventional cakes for friends and family.

Sue Pess

Operations Manager

I am here to keep things running smoothly and in-step with our growth trajectory. My decades long background in jewelry production, retail, and small business operations make this a great place for me to have a positive impact. When I am not here you can find me thrifting, laughing at my cats, and spending time with friends & family.

Adriana Ortiz

Associate Marketing Manager

I love that my job combines building community through digital media and getting to play with beautiful sparkling things. I’m excited to bring an analytic and strategic mindset to Valerie Madison Jewelry’s digital presence while working alongside such kind humans. Outside of work you’ll find me probably on my couch watching something sappy, reading, scrolling TikTok and/or shopping for shoes online.

Megan Cosgrove

Customer Service Specialist

As the face of VM’s Customer Service Department, I strive to make your experience unforgettable. My sense of humor and colorful personality helps ensure that you will be taken care of no matter what! I love to help individuals find lifelong custom rings or commemorate milestones in gold. When I am away from work, you can find me hunting for vintage clothing, obsessing over my dog or impulsively dying my hair.

Danielle Nielsen

Sales Associate

I love that my job is a combination of connecting with our customers and getting to show case such beautiful, ethically sourced and unique jewelry. Before working for VM, I never pictured myself in the jewelry sales world but I am so grateful that life has brought me to where I am. Working alongside this wonderful group of women has taught me so much in just a few short months. When I’m not selling sparkly pieces of gold, I am either discovering new restaurants to add to my “foodie lovers list”, taking walks to catch the sunset or getting new tattoos.

Omar Little

Chief Morale Booster

I like to visit the office and zoom around looking for snacks and butt scratches. Everyone is always so excited to see me when I visit so I'm happy that I'm able to please!