Ever since she was a little girl, Shahasp Valentine loved making jewelry. She took her first jewelry making class when she was only 13, and has since been producing her own designs. S=Throughout the years, she learned all kinds of techniques of jewelry-making, but it was with the precious metal clay process that she found her true passion and inspiration for her shop, Rock & Rapture Jewelry Gallery.
Precious metal clay is a pretty unique process, which allows the metal to be shaped like clay. Using an organic binder filled with pure silver or gold or platinum, Shahasp then forms the jewelry, adds gems and fires it in a kiln. The binder dissolves completely during the firing, and the jewelry shrinks to its final form. "Each piece that I make is signed and numbered in the back, so no two are ever alike,” Shahasp added.
Rock & Rapture is currently a pop-up jewelry store at the San Francisco Lower Haight area. With the tagline “Jewelry, Rock and Music,” the store offers Shahasp Valentine’s designs, along with other local handmade jewelry.
Rock & Rapture Jewelry Gallery pop-up is located at 289 Divisadero at, inside the Onyx Boutique, in San Francisco, CA.