Valerie and Benny Aldrich

Valerie and Benny Aldrich

A husband and wife team, Benny and Valerie Aldrich started their careers as jewelers more than 30 years ago in a teepee near Prescott, Arizona. Now, with their jewelry featured in galleries across the nation, they maintain the superior quality of their inlayed jewelry by keeping their business small and true to its roots.

The only formal jewelry training the Aldrich’s received was at a community college metal-working course. They experimented with their art by making jewelry for Christmas presents while Benny worked as a carpenter and Valerie raised their family. They also sold pipe stone and serpentine to artists from the Santo Domingo Pueblo, and began to shape beads from the rough stone.

The unmistakable look of the Aldrichs’ style is inspired by nature; from the shimmer of seashells off the coast of Baja California to the turquoise mountains of Nevada, the Aldrichs’ innovative designs combine traditional hand silversmithing with colorful inlay.

Benny and Valerie Aldrich were among the first artists to use gemstones for inlaying. They use only the highest-quality natural raw material for their jewelry. Valerie's creativity and color sense makes each inlaid piece a work of art, and each piece of inlay is completed individually by a single artist. Benny frames the finished inlay designs with beautiful hand-stamped silver or gold to create a one-of-a-kind original.

The married pair of artists feel inspired to create jewelry that captures nature’s beauty in each perfectly crafted piece. Aldrich Art pieces are collected by people from New York to Santa Fe and California, and have been worn by many celebrities over the years.

Sizing

Although the best way to test the size and fit of a piece of jewelry is to try it on in the store, we know that is not always an option. In an effort to help you choose the piece that is right for you, we have included measurements of each piece on the website. Here is how our measurements are defined:

Bracelets

Finding the right size bracelet for your wrist has always been a tricky endeavor, since, unlike rings, there isn't a standardized, universal sizing chart for wrist size. One reason for this is that we all have different shaped wrists, some of us have round wrists, while others have more oval. Bracelets, like wrists, also have different shapes.

So, while bracelet sizing will never be an exact science, we've done what we can to ensure the greatest chance of a comfortable fit. The best thing you can do if you don't know your wrist size is to take a soft measuring tape and loosely measure the circumference of your wrist at the point you plan on wearing it. Try not to have the measuring tape dig into your skin, as this will result in a smaller than ideal size. Once you have the circumference of your wrist, compare it to the chart below to find the correct bracelet size. If your wrist measures in-between two sizes, we recommend rounding up to the larger size. (ie: if your wrist measures 6.375"- you should shop for size "Medium" bracelets.)

 Wrist Circumference

Corresponding Bracelet Size

5.5"

XX-Small

5.75"

Extra-Small

6"

Small

6.25"

Small-Medium

6.5"

Medium

6.75" - 7"

Medium-Large

7.25"

Large

7.5"

Extra-Large

7.75"

XX-Large

8"

XXX-Large

 

You may want to drill down further on the bracelet sizing to make sure the cuff is a comfortable fit. You will notice on our website that we generally list four measurements for bracelets:

Keep in mind that certain bracelets can be adjusted slightly to fit your wrist, but those with inlay or stones all the way around will be damaged if bent. In any case, it is always best to check with with us to see if a particular bracelet is adjustable.

Lastly, have no fear! If you order a bracelet that doesn't fit, send it back for one that does! We want this to be a positive experience, you should never wear something that isn't 100% comfortable. More on our return policy here.

Buckles

Sizing belt buckles is pretty straightforward. The height and width are self-explanatory, and the belt width describes the maximum belt width the buckle will fit on.

Concha Belts

We try to include the height and width for the conchas, as well as the buckle (if different), and the width of the belt they are on. The length of the concha belts can be less important, because these belts are often made quite long to accommodate many waist sizes, and then can be shortened to fit the wearer. If you are concerned whether or not a belt will fit you, just ask. We are happy to size most of our concha belts before shipping.