Vanessa got her start in jewelry design while studying history at the University of California. After completing her degree, she went onto attend the Graduate Jeweler Program at the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts. The artist now lives and works in San Francisco. Vanessa's contemporary, minimal style is reminiscent of Japanese and Scandinavian designs. Asymmetical, yet balanced, minimalist, yet complex, her sterling silver and gold vermeil pieces are "bold, kinetic, and sculptural". Vanessa's use of chain in her designs is unique and creative.