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Win a Handmade Horse Jewelry Cuff!




We’re kicking off 2013 here at with some beautiful artisan jewelry!

Vanessa at Ristra Ranch is a metal-working, horse-loving, jewelry-making, artist extraordinaire.   Take a look at that beauty above.   This gorgeous horse cuff will go to one lucky winner.   $160 value, made of copper and sterling silver, featuring Kingman Turquoise, Carnelian, and Lapis Lazuli stones — completely handcrafted and created at Ristra Ranch.

Enter to win this horse cuff by answering this question in the comment section below…



Take a moment to find out more about Vanessa and the artistry behind her work…


Tell us a bit about yourself/your art!

My name is Vanessa and I run a one-woman operation called Ristra Ranch. I work mostly in sterling silver and copper. I love taking old, forgotten vintage items like tin tobacco tags, pinbacks, and glass intaglios and giving them new life in modern jewelry.

Are you a horse lover or horse owner?

I am both a horse owner and a horse lover! I have a 10-year-old Quarter Horse gelding named Wyatt, who is the love of my life. I owned and managed a boarding and training farm for many years and competed in Hunters and Jumpers.

How did you become a vintage/metal-working jewelry artist?

I’ve dabbled in jewelry making for most of my life. I’ve always wanted to learn silversmithing, but never had the time because I was too busy running my farm. When I retired from being a horse trainer, I finally had time to take silversmithing classes and I am still learning all the time.

How do your pieces come to life? Do you sketch them out or do you find a vintage ‘bobble’ that just speaks to you and knows what it wants to become?

I spend a lot of time laying out different pieces, combining different stones and vintage components, trying out different combinations”¦I will often get totally absorbed in the process and realize that hours have passed, my studio is a mess, and I haven’t actually made anything! Interestingly, my best ideas often come when I’m lying in bed trying to fall asleep. I’m a total night owl.


Do you have a favorite piece that you’ve created?

It’s really hard to pick just one! When I wear my big Souvenir of the Rodeo necklace I feel like a Rodeo Queen. My horseshoe earrings are a staple of my wardrobe, because they go with everything. The custom horse portrait necklace I made of Wyatt lets me have my favorite boy with me everywhere I go. And my new concho bit bracelets are really cool”¦I must admit, I’m pretty fickle and I change favorites on a daily basis!

How can people get a hold of you, see more of your work, and become a fan?

I have a website,, and am currently in the process of redesigning the site and adding lots of new features and content. I also sell on etsy, I offer specials deals and giveaways to fans of my facebook page, click here to visit. If you enjoy my work, check my sites frequently, as I am constantly adding new inventory. I love making special custom pieces and you can always email me at if you have any questions about anything!



ENTER TO WIN by answering this question in the comments section below:  WHAT HORSE WOULD YOU CHOOSE TO HAVE A CUSTOM-MADE PIECE OF JEWELRY MADE IN HONOR OF?


Good luck!

*We use to choose winners. All entries at are created equal. 😉 Comments close at 10pm (CST) Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14th, 2013). Winner will be announced on Feb. 15th.