Bev Mather has taken a life-long interest and created a home based business called Rocky Mountain Trench Treasures.
Mather has been making jewelry since approximately 2005 and was one of the first artists to have her work displayed at the Art Gallery of Golden.
“I started out with a silversmithing class at the College of the Rockies. I wanted to do it for years,” she said.
One of the first things she made was her husband’s wedding band.
“I made it as a ring in class and when I got home it fit him perfectly,” she said. “I do a lot of earrings and other things. I use genuine gemstones and silver,” she said. “I do use copper and other metals that work but for the most part I use silver.”
Mather explained that you do not only have to be creative with your designs but also with where your materials come from.
“If you can find antique or older pieces which maybe you are tired of or they are broken, I can take them and refurbish them with stones,” she said.
Mather explained her interest in rocks started when she was a child.
“I always collected rocks as a kid. I can remember being around five years old, and there being a couple who were rock counters. They had a travel trailer that was set up as a rock shop,” she said. “As a little kid I remember stopping at his trailer to see the rocks and his tumblers.”
Mather also worked with wood with another couple who lived near her.
As the years have gone by Mather continues to work both at home and when she is camping. “I sit at home or when I am camping and I get a lot done. I also like to take a workshop at least once a year so I can stay in tune with what is happening,” she said.
Camping also gives her the chance to find fossils which she collects. “I do also sell some of the fossils and larger rocks when I set up shows.” Mather added.
You get a chance to see what other people are doing and talk about things,” she said.
Having the chance to see her work being worn by locals and beyond is something Mather still enjoys.
“I used to know where all the pieces went but that is impossible now. I have had friends who have gone to other countries for holidays to visit family and took some pieces for gifts,” she said.
If people are interested in contacting Mather about her work they can check out her Facebook site at Rocky Mountain Trench Treasures or go to the Art Gallery of Golden on 516 9th Ave. N.