The Aldrich’s were among the first to use gemstones for accenting their inlay. They also revived spiny oyster as a jewelry material some thirty years ago. Valerie and Benny met while attending Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. After a few years of marriage, Benny took a basic jewelry class at a community college. That Christmas with little money, Valerie and Benny made jewelry together for Christmas gifts. As the family grew to include four children, they experimented in bead making and shell overlays. In the 1970s, Valerie and Benny began their full time career as jewelry makers. For the next 25 years, they couple grew their business in Prescott, AZ.