Isabel Jewelry: West Coast + Wild West

Natural jade, sky blue turquoise, sparkling crystals, hammered metal...mix it all together and you have me: West Coast + Wild West. I spent many of my formative years in the San Francisco Bay Area and Oregon and found my way to a small Wyoming town in 2003 where I have grown roots. When I came out here I figured I would stay a year or two but good things happened.

I first started metalsmithing when I was going to college in Eugene, Oregon. Since then...about two decades later...I have become a fully formed silversmith and owned a bricks and mortar store in Pinedale, Wyoming. I work on jewelry every workday and have honed my skill to a place that brings me pride. I guarantee absolute quality for life on all of my jewelry. Each stone is set with care; each hammered piece is hammered by me; and now I am cutting stones, especially the beautiful jade found in Wyoming.

As much as possible I spend time in outdoors. My husband and I backpack in the summer and cross country ski during the long winter. In the summer I like to jump in our mountain lakes or lie in the hammock on our porch. In the deep dark winter I enjoy that I can walk home under the Milky Way.

Each piece is one-of-a-kind and a small piece of art. I use 100% recycled sterling silver and gold whenever possible and have begun seeking out local and conflict-free gems. Interested in keeping my jewelry fresh, I avoid big production lines, instead concentrating on one-of-a-kind, small-run and custom jewelry designs.

Wyoming Jade: In 2015, my husband and I began cutting and polishing our local gemstone: jade. Jade is Wyoming's official "state gemstone" and it is found in the heart of the state in the desert and mountains between Lander and Casper. Wyoming's jade comes in a variety of greens as well as grey and black. Each piece is totally one-of-a-kind, handcut and hand set in my custom designs.

About the recycled metals: Isabel Jewelry purchases precious metals from a mill that specializes in using only Earth’s existing metal supply, meaning that this mill does not buy metals from mining companies. When it is necessary to obtain metals from other sources, they are bought from other earth-friendly refineries that only use recycled metal. Any secondary refinery is required to provide in writing full disclosure of its metal sources.

Custom Work: I am currently taking a break on custom orders while I focus on designing new jewelry.

Isabel Jewelry Store: I had a retail storefront from 2010-2016. In the winter of 2017 I decided to reorganize my business and switch to online and other retail oulets. While I loved having the store and chatting with my customers it was too time consuming and took away from jewelry creation. An especially fun aspect were the gallery walls where I showed over 30 contemporary Wyoming artists: Pinedale Art Gallery.

Social Networking: I am on Instagram (@isabeljewelry), Facebook (Isabel Jewelry), Pinterest (isabeljewelry) and Twitter (@isabelrucker). I'd have to say Instagram is my favorite social network so I tend to post there the most. You can find behind the scenes photos of my workshop, artwork in progress and my Wyoming life. Facebook I announce specials and events. Twitter I mix in a lot of my drawing, painting and sculpture projects.

Other Artwork: Besides jewelry making, I paint, draw and sculpt. Recently I have been working on a lot of crystal inspired paintings and sculptures. Creating large sculptures is newer to me and my years of creating small sculptural jewelry helps; I recently installed a public sculpture on Pinedale's main street, you can visit my personal artist website for photos www.isabelrucker.com.