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Birth place or City of origin: Winnemucca
State of origin: NV
Last known City: Lake County
Last known State: OR
Start/Birth date: 1948
Death/End date: 2016

Ricarda Cause was a world class silversmith whose lifetime of work has been featured in books, on public television, and in western art galleries. She sold her pieces at the annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering and the Western Folklife Center has featured her work. As a child who grew up on a ranch in Winnemucca, Nevada, Cause admired her father’s workshop and “loved being out there with all the tools.” Inspired by her mother’s love of silver jewelry, Cause started with silver belt buckles. She later learned how to make silver bits and spurs and how to engrave. Later making more jewelry than bits and spurs, she continued to make exquisitely crafted belt buckles, bracelets, and concho belts. Cause made her home in Lakeview, Oregon

Mostly self-taught, Ricarda also attended school at Miller Bit and Spur, took a gun-engraving course, visited with every artist she met, and read every book she could find about silversmithing. As her expertise grew, so did her reputation as a world class silversmith. Exhibiting at many different western art shows, Ricarda was also featured in Range, Western Horseman, and a televised segment of PBS’s Oregon Art Beat. She especially enjoyed the entire creative process from envisioning a design to making it a reality.


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