Richelle Walk / Richelle Leigh Collection
jewelry / gold & silver
Hometown: Harrisburg, PA
"My designs are inspired by the natural beauty I see in gemstones. I like to look at the mineral and echo what I see there in my piece using the inclusions that enhance the stone and give it valuable character. Whether I am looking at a Tourmalated or Rutilated Quartz, a piece of Jasper, or a well-cut faceted gemstone I am using. My jewelry is created out of sterling silver, 14 karat white or yellow gold, and natural gemstones. I personally handcraft each piece from start to finish by using the lost wax cast process. I design each piece in wax by hand. I model the wax by using different gauge wax rods and sheet. Casting is just the beginning. I finish each piece of jewelry individually by using a series of metalsmithing techniques which include filing, sanding, fabricating hardware, soldering, stone setting, and polishing."