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About Heather

Heather Oleari is a private jeweler from Chicago, Illinois, who specializes in custom designs and fine jewelry that are captivating, unique, graceful, and luxurious. Her designs encompass exquisite stones and precious metals that translate into wearable art fit to tell its own unique story.

Heather Oleari’s artistic vision in jewelry began in high school as she quickly took on the role as both student and teacher to her peers. While Heather chose to pursue her love for wildlife through a Bachelors of Science degree from Colorado State, she then realized that she could utilize both her intrigue by science and passion for jewelry to create wearable art. It was then that Heather accepted an apprenticeship for a private jeweler in Denver, Colorado, and later went on to complete her Bachelors in Fine Arts in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from Metropolitan State College of Denver.

Inspired by the rich cultures that surround her as well as an extensive background in Art History, Heather’s return to Chicago has really pushed her creativity in both designing jewelry for her personal clients as well as designing custom family heirlooms for a successful diamond house serving most of Chicagoland. In 2007, she completed Graduate level courses in filigree and engraving at the SACI school in Florence, Italy and was asked to stay and assist in teaching the Summer jewelry course at Fuji Studios where she taught everything from beginning to advanced techniques to her students. An avid traveler and outdoor enthusiast, she draws upon her interactions with the rich cultures of Africa, Italy, Australia and Mexico as well as the landscapes of the United States, to influence her designs. A believer in the strong sentimental value of jewelry as heirlooms, she draws upon personal stories and precious details to make custom pieces much more intimate and meaningful for her clients. It is a very interactive process when working with Heather Oleari and the end result is a piece of jewelry that will hold memories for a lifetime.