How Ghost Town Metal Works Came to Be

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Charity's Story

Hi, I'm Charity Triplett-Wanechek -- the heart, soul, and single force behind GTMW. I do custom jewelry pieces (planned out with the customer from the very beginning! Starting with stone choice), as well as making pieces that are ready to sell. As far as my style, I mainly work in solid sterling and fine silver that has been oxidized and distressed - made to look old - as if you could have unexpectedly found it buried in the dirt while exploring a ghost town. I am starting to add gold-filled pieces to my inventory also. 

I tend to shy away from “cookie cutter,” copied, or repeat jewelry pieces. Washington and Nevada are my main sources of the rock I use- and I just added Montana since it is like a 3rd home to me (plus, MT Moss Agate and Montana Sapphire are to DIE for!).  I diligently try to buy direct from the mine (most times), from stone cutters (that bought directly from the mine), or from the rockhound that personally found the stone. I pay homage to my hometown of Yerington, NV by showcasing its turquoise- Stone Mountain Turquoise. I also pay homage to my second home of Washington State by showcasing its beautiful stones as well- Serpentinite, Jasper, Rhodonite, Crystals, Obsidian, and agates, especially. I have worked with turquoise, variscite, petrified wood, agate, onyx, magnesite, White Buffalo, even re-purposed salvaged insulator glass, and am steadily adding to the list. Authenticity/origin of my stones is important to me- more and more so all the time, as dishonest overseas sellers peddling dyed and artificial turquoise/stones (intentionally mis-labelled as otherwise) becomes an increasing problem in the jewelry marketplace. I do have the future goal of working in 14K gold and beginning a relationship with diamonds- which will be ethically sourced, and certified as conflict-free.

I officially opened my online Etsy shop in May 2017. I took a beginner’s jewelry class in Spokane in 2004 and hadn’t touched smithing tools since- because the veterinary field tugged at my heart instead. After having my son, I retaught myself to smith in March 2017, and continue with a steep learning curve. Mainly selling online and at occasional WA markets, I have found my second calling, and have put my veterinary career on hold.

I love seeing the parallels of my children growing, learning, getting their bearings, finding themselves amongst this world...and witnessing GTMW doing the same. Thanks for reading!

Rock On (With Love),

Charity

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