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Walt Rush - Gold and Silver Jewelry

Studio Discovery Tour artist Walt Rush: Opal Pendant I am a self-taught jeweler with over 38 years of experience. Being self-taught allows me the ability to create "wearable works of art" because I have no constraints. What my mind imagines, I believe it can be done because no one has told me it just can't be done that way.

I don't like to make a piece of jewelry with straight angles, jewelry that you can pick up in almost any jewelry stores. This is just not creative enough for me.

My inspirations come from having a bird's eye view of the ocean and beaches along Highway 1 in California. My jewelry is created to look as if an ocean wave has just caressed a pearl on the beach and it is frozen in time in a wave. Or perhaps, I will take a blue sapphire (like the color of the ocean) that appears to be caught in a piece of driftwood on the beach. Or, maybe even an abalone shell and create it out of silver or gold adding a diamond, pearl, or some other precious stone which appears to be lodged in the shell to show off its natural beauty as mother earth intended it to be.

Studio Discovery Tour artist Walt Rush: Black Opal Silver Ring Studio Discovery Tour artist Walt Rush: Opal earrings

To obtain the organic natural effects of the movement of surf and waves, I cast molten gold or silver in water. To obtain the look of driftwood, I cast molten gold or silver in straw. I will then add a jewel in an area to give it the appearance of being lodged there by nature as it rolls around in the surf on the beach or caught up in a piece of driftwood.

Studio Discovery Tour artist Walt Rush

Contact Information:

Walt Rush
43751 Cypress Pkwy
Manchester, CA 95459

Phone: 707-882-2441

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