Fine Metals and Gorgeous Gemstones
An alumna of University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Rachel Wilder works from her home studio in trendy West Asheville, where the creative spirit is abundant. She designs earrings, bracelets and necklaces, and her work can be found on her site, as well as on Etsy, at RachelWilder.com. Folks visiting Asheville can find her work at Grovewood Gallery (a wonderful destination for arts and crafts), and in Winston-Salem, at Old Salem Museums and Gardens.
Ms. Wilder carefully handcrafts each piece, using fine metals and gorgeous gemstones. Her personal favorite is the labradorite, with its soft gray hue and flashes of bright blue.
Rachel and her Mom hiking at Grayson Highlands Park in Virginia.
“I’m fascinated by the forms, patterns and colors I see in nature,” she shared, adding that she loves tiny things and the details within them, which logically attracts her to create jewelry.
“In my designs I strive to emulate and highlight the beauty of nature,” she explained. When she’s not creating, she’s collecting inspiration from being outdoors. “I love being outside among plants and flowers, rocks and trees, and animals,” she said. “It really feeds my soul and keeps me thinking about ways to harness what I see into beautiful creations.”