I met Steven tonight (Friday night after a simple meal of Cod and Chips at Red Coat Pub, 700 block of Main Street, Pleasanton) at the Studio Seven Arts gallery pre-trunk show — and wow was I was taken back by both his personality and his ample collection of fine stones, pearls, ‘hand made’ jade, fossil carvings and fine silver all processed (and once admired by Swarovski)
I don’t always think of the ocean when imagining the latest in precious jewelry and
unique fossilized carvings, that is until I discovered the works of California artisan Steven Ruse. Local to California, (Alaska, Arizona, and even Bali!) Ruse creates a number of fine jewelry pieces -all one of a kind– His work is inspired by the brilliance, colors and natural wonders of the Pacific coast.
A former sea diver, Ruse began fashioning his vast collection of artifacts and precious stones to create jewelry for his wife, and later, for everyone. Ruse’s work inspires natural appeal, due to the artisan’s use of fine silver and distinct metals, beautifully colored precious stones, and fossilized ivory, polished and fashioned for his carvings.
Fine Silver –Brilliant and Soft: Touching a soft ring is like nothing else. Ruse makes use of fine silver (99.9% silver) for many of his jewelry creations that also are adorned with an array of fittingly colored precious stones and mineral specimens selected by hand, found in stunning colors.
Fossilized Ivory Carvings:
The genesis of Ruse’s unique carving style began with his discovering and dedicating himself to refining an ancient Mesopotamian aging technique. The result is distinctive hand carvings made from fossilized walrus tusk ivory, expertly fashioned and worked by hand. This ivory was discovered at the Berring Strait, and resident in the ground for as many as 30,000 years.
Ruse along with many of his works, including rings, bracelets, pendants and fossilized carvings, will be featured and discussed in the San Francisco Bay Area at a special Trunk Show on Saturday, May 7th 2011 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.