Nanz AalundAlthough her fascination with Jewelry Design was evident at the tender age of six, Nanz Aalund's first recognized jewelry piece was a silver pendant that won her a "Gold Key" Scholastic Art Award in high school. She continued her training by serving an apprenticeship in Chicago and receiving her BFA in Jewelry Arts from Northern Illinois University. Aalund completed her MFA in metalsmithing at the University of Washington in Seattle. Throughout her career she has traveled to Berlin, Paris, London, Florence, San Francisco, and New York to study jewelry design and manufacturing.

Nanz Aalund taught jewelry and metals classes at the University of Washington under Mary Lee Hu and at the Art Institute in Seattle. She served as a fine jewelry designer and consultant for Nordstrom, Rudolf Erdel, Neiman Marcus, and Tiffany & Co. and as the associate editor for Art Jewelry magazine. Some of Aalund's many professional jewelry design awards include:an AGTA Spectrum Award, two Platinum Guild International Awards, and two DeBeers Diamond’s Today Awards.


  1. 6/04Masters of Fine Art, Metals, University of Washington,
  2. 6/05Rapid Prototyping Certification, University of Washington
  3. 6/00Graduate Diamond Grader, Gemological Institute of America, Carlsbad, California
  4. 5/83Bachelor of Fine Arts, Metals, Northern Illinois University

Selected Exhibitions & Awards

  1. 20091st Place Earrings, Jewelry Arts Awards, published in Lapidary Journal, September 2009 issue
  2. 2008Wearable Expressions, 6th Biennial International Juried Exhibition Palos Verdes Art Center, Palos Verdes, California, Catalogue Published
  3. 2007Saul Bell Awards, Finalist, Pillow-Form Metal Bead Bracelet
  4. 2006Bench Jewelers Design Passion Award, Honorable mention, Ladies Rings
  5. 2005Artist in Residence, University of Washington, School of Art, Metals
  6. 2004Society of North American Goldsmiths, Juried Exhibition, Florida International Museum, St. Petersburg, Florida, Catalogue Published.
  7. 2003World Titanium Council, Titanium Jewelry Design Competition Award, Design featured in Professional Jeweler magazine August 2003
  8. 2001American Gem Trade Assoc. Spectrum Award, Div. IV, Group exhibit Tucson, Arizona. Winning Earrings featured on the cover of Modern Jeweler magazine February 2001 issue
  9. 1998Platinum Guild International, Two Platinum Passion Design Awards, Group exhibit, Jacob Jarvis Center, New York, NY, Catalogue published
  10. 1998American Pearl Company Vision Award, Award of Excellence, Winning brooch featured in Jewelers Quarterly magazine, Summer 1998
  11. 1997American Pearl Company Vision Award, Two Awards of Excellence
  12. 1996DeBeers Diamonds Today Award, Traveling exhibit originated from the Jarvis Center New York, NY, Catalogue and postcard published.
  13. 1995DeBeers Diamonds Today Award, Traveling exhibit originated from New York NY, Piece featured in Spotlight Manhattan, Jewelers Quarterly, and Women’s Wear Daily magazines, Catalogue and postcard published.
  14. 198920th German Award for Jewelry, Finalist Exhibition, Idar-Oberstein
  15. 1989Excellence of the West, Juried Exhibition, Humboldt Arts Center, Eureka, California, Post card published.
  16. 1989West Coast Invitational, Juried Exhibition, Facere’ Art Jewelry Gallery, Seattle, Washington, Post card published.
  17. 1987Solo exhibit, Goldman’s Jewelers, Seattle, Washington
  18. 1985DeBeers Diamonds International Awards, Finalist Exhibit, London
  19. 1984Bellevue Art Fair, Juried Exhibition, Bellevue, Washington
  20. 1982National Silversmiths Competition, Juried Exhibition, New York


  1. 2009"Masters:Gold, Major Works by Leading Artists" Authored Artist Biographies
  2. 2008“Art Jewelry Today” edited by Jeffery Snyder, Schiffer Books
  3. 2008“The Art of Jewelry: Plastic and Resin” edited Marthe LeVan, Lark Books
  4. 2008“500 Wedding Rings” edited by Marthe LeVan, Lark Books
  5. 2008“Art Buzz, the Book” edited by Allen Rowe,
  6. 2007“500 Vessels” Juried by Fred Fenster; edited by Marthe LeVan, Lark Books
  7. 2007“500 Earrings” Juried by Alan Revere; edited by Marthe LeVan, Lark Books
  8. 2006“The Art and Craft of Making Jewelry” by Joanna Golberg, Lark Books
  9. 2005“Gemstone Buying Guide,” by Renée Newman G.G., (1998 1st edition) and 2nd edition, International Jewelry Publications

Professional Experience

  1. 8/, Designer/Educator/Goldsmith
    • Develop and produce DVDs featuring jewelry making projects.
    • Author articles about jewelry history and consumer education
    • Market my line of Jewelry.
  2. 8/05–8/07Art Jewelry Magazine, Associate Editor, Kalmbach Publishing
    • Author and develop metalsmithing projects, articles, contacts, and new proposals
    • Edit articles by out-of-house metalsmiths for technical accuracy and readability.
  3. 6/01–9/05Art Institute of Seattle, Adjunct Professor, Jewelry & Light-metals
    • Materials & Processes, Portfolio Presentation, and Women’s Studies.
    • Develop syllabus, demonstrations, lectures and skill building projects.
  4. 9/02–9/05University of Washington, Adjunct Professor, Metals
    • “Instructor of record” for Intro to Metals and advanced students.
    • Develop syllabus, demonstrations, lectures and skill building projects.
  5. 6/98–10/03Nanz Designz, Freelance Jewelry Design
    • Clientele: Tiffany & Co., Rudolf Erdel–OE Designs, Albert Asher Pearl, NYC; Egana Pearl, Tokyo, Japan; Kazto Jewelry, Dallas, TX; Diatrends, Mumbai, India; Neiman Marcus, Dallas, TX
  6. 5/89–6/99Nordstrom Fine Jewelry, Designer/Jewelry Production Director
    • Conceptualize and illustrate jewelry designs.
    • Direct and coordinate all aspects of manufacturing.
    • Responsible to corporate buyers with collections in 15 stores across 8 states while providing Sales Associate training and consumer education workshops.
    • Develop and produce models, catalogues,marketing material and promotion planning.
  7. 5/83–5/90Fine Human Decoration, Owner/Designer/Goldsmith
    • Create art-jewelry pieces and a line of jewelry.
    • Exhibited works at galleries in London, England; Pforzheim,Germany; San Francisco, Chicago, and NYC.
    • Freelance designer for local manufacturing firms

Additional Experience

  1. 2007Guest Speaker, CAD/CAM Processes, CLASP Convergence, Denver CO
  2. 2006Guest Speaker, Hydraulic Press, CLASP Convergence, Memphis, TN
  3. 2003-05President/Board Member, Seattle Metals Guild, Seattle WA
  4. 2000Guest Speaker at Professional Jeweler Show, Las Vegas, Nevada
  5. 1997Guest Speaker at Tucson Gem Show, A.G.T.A., Tucson, Arizona
  6. 1994Appointed to Steering Committee, Thundering Seas Metal Arts Program, Oregon State University, Eugene,Oregon