What is a Trunk Show? At Hunter-Wolff Gallery, we host an annual Trunk Show to feature a specific jewelry designer and offer customers a chance to meet our designer and discuss the materials used in the featured jewelry collection. On August 24, 2013 DKC Jewelry by Colorado Springs designer Diane Calkins will be featured along with her one-day only 2013 Signature earrings. Hunter-Wolff Gallery’s staff will model DKC Jewelry design throughout the day and preview the DKC collection before it is made available to the public.
Customers will have the opportunity to participate in a special drawing for attendees only and win free gift giveaways. At this annual Trunk Show, we also have an exclusive buy 3, get one free offer as a gift to clients.
Although Hunter-Wolff Gallery is open year-round and purchases can be made at www.hunterwolffgallery.com any time, this is the only time of year, you can stock up on gifts for the future at a special trunk show prices. Get the same top quality for slightly less! And, be sure to say “hello” to Diane Calkins!
History Lesson: Trunk shows are so named because dresses used to be transported to these events in trunks.
Jewelry by Tana
Just when you figured out all you needed to know about Sterling silver, someone comes along with a new improved version called Argentium®. Sterling is an alloy or mixture of silver containing 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper or other metals. Sterling silver made in the United States, except jewelry, is marked .925-.999 and silver is 99.9% pure and generally too soft for producing functional objects; therefore, the silver is usually alloyed with copper to give it strength, durability and beauty. But sterling silver tarnishes and needs regular polishing.
Although it costs slightly more than Sterling Silver, Argentium® is a welcomed discovery by Peter Johns in 1996, a professor of silversmith at the Art and Design Research Institute (ADRI), School of Art & Design, Middlesex University in England. The project began in 1990 with research on the effects of germanium additions to silver alloys. Johns discovered that by reducing the copper content in traditional silver and adding germanium (discovered in Germany nearly 100 year earlier) to silver, it stays bright and beautiful. Can you imagine silver jewelry, hollowware and sculpture that rarely needs polishing? Argentium forms a clear oxide reducing the tarnishing and contains 92.5% silver and no nickel. If you love the look of silver only needs an occasional wipe with a soft cloth to remove a smudge or finger mark, look no further.
For thousands of years, we’ve worn sterling silver bracelets, earrings, cuffs, rings, and necklaces. This shimmery white metal can be worn day or night and is a very popular in everyday jewelry. Sterling silver jewelry is far more affordable than white gold or platinum. Hunter-Wolff Gallery offers Argentium sterling silver in designs by DKC Jewelry and Jewelry by Tana which are very durable and easy to clean. Even better, if you have a nickel allergy, you can wear sterling silver earrings and other pieces made with Argentium because there is no nickel. Made by hand in Colorado, Argentium sterling silver jewelry is designed for everyday wear.
Make a Note: TRUNK SHOW featuring Argentium sterling silver by DKC Jewelry. Select from a large collection and have the option to collect DKC Signature earrings specially priced for this event on Saturday, August 24 at Hunter-Wolff Gallery. We look forward to seeing you there from 1-5 pm.
Gallery Exhibits Change Monthly
Whether you are hungry or not, its hard to resist a sumptuous smorgasbord. Normally, you won’t find food at Hunter-Wolff Gallery but you will find a tempting smorgasbord of art to sample.
Can’t decide what to sample first? With dozens of award-winning artists’ artwork to indulge in, expect a full course meal of art ranging from giftware to heirloom collectibles. Can you imagine dozens of chefs whipping up your smorgasbord? Visitors always find something that appeals to their unique tastes. Soup to nuts, you can pick from a variety of two- and three-dimensional art confined to an area not much bigger than a volley ball court. In spite of limited space, the curator displays and interprets the gallery’s collections to help inform, educate and inspire every visitor.
Not familiar with kiln-formed glass? Raku? Drusy? Then you are in for a treat, because the staff is prepared to share as much detail as you want and have handouts to help you learn more about the pieces you find interesting.
Hunter-Wolff Gallery has a dozen painters, each with their own unique style and appeal. Before stepping away from the buffet of paintings, consider all the three-dimensional art made from wood, glass, bronze, clay and more. For extra sweet treats, the jewelry cases are filled with beautifully designed and fabricated silver pieces and necklaces, bracelets and earrings in colorful gemstones, pearls, etc., to satisfy today’s contemporary woman.
Hunter-Wolff Gallery has one extra bonus. No calories! And, when you can’t find what you want from this smorgasbord of delights, ask the staff to check its sources to find what you’re craving. Hunter-Wolff Gallery’s artists are happy to whip up a new recipe to satisfy your hunger for art. What are you craving?
Jewelry by Tana, Pyrite Pendant
Pyrite is said to resemble gold with its yellow-amber color
. As a matter of fact, gold found throughout the world often include small inclusions of Pyrite. Did you know that gold is found in most pyrite deposits around the world? Like gold, Pyrite is traditionally the symbol for money and good luck and we hope it brings both to those who purchase our pyrite pendants.
Where is it found?
Although it is mined throughout the world, in the US, Pyrite is mined in Illinois, Arizona, Colorado, Missouri and Pennsylvania to name a few. It is also mined in Peru, Russia, Spain, Germany, and South Africa. Rainbow pyrite drusy, like in the pendant made by our Colorado designers “Jewelry by Tana
” are stunning and make beautiful heirloom pieces. One place rainbow or iridescent pyrite is found is in the river banks of Russia’s biggest river, Volga.
Some believe that pyrite offers many benefits to the wearer as it offers a mysterious energy shield, blocking out negativity from various sources. It is said to:
- Overcome inertia and feelings of inadequacy
- Energize the area where pyrite is placed
- Overcome lethargy and fatigue
- Increase the oxygen levels in the blood stream and improves the circulatory system.
- Benefit the lungs alleviating bronchitis and asthma.
Whether you believe in these metaphysical qualities or not, it is a beautiful stone. At Hunter-Wolff Gallery, we know you will feel beautiful when wearing rainbow pyrite drusy pendants made by Jewelry by Tana
- Only At Hunter-Wolff Gallery
If you love glamour and love jewelry, we have the perfect answer for you: Naweeya Designs! Whether looking for something casual or something outstanding and stunning, Naweeya Designs are here. Designer Naweeya Omer painstakingly spends hours sorting stones and finding the perfect color matches to create her unique pieces. No two are alike. She strings as many as 10 strands of beads and creates a garden of pearls and stones that are almost too beautiful to wear.
I like to describe Naweeya Designs as a symphony. Naweeya starts with her supplies and materials, sorting and planning, making decisions on the type and size, or color of stones–faceted, polished, raw chunks of stones or pearls, abalone, silver, etc. Upon deciding on a theme, keeping in mind color, size, shape and other elements to bind a concept together for movement and purpose. Should the design be formal, casual, or something in between? It’s like making music. All the elements need to come together in some type of order and make sense upon completion.
Her pieces dazzle the wearer and turn heads of admirers. Naweeya Designs are always unique, no two alike, and difficult for other designers to copy because of her intricate detail. We love Naweeya Designs and think you will too. You don’t have to be a celebrty to feel like a celebrity–and you can find pieces that don’t break the bank. Her new summer collection is here and make perfect gifts for the woman who has everything and the woman who doesn’t mind buying herself a special reward.
Silver or Copper Pendants by DKC Jewelry
John Keats said it best, “A thing of beauty is a joy forever: its loveliness increases; it will never pass into nothingness.”
I believe this is why woman understand a good piece of jewelry doesn’t just feel good now, but will last a lifetime, and it will increase in its loveliness through time. And, if the piece is handed down to a daughter or granddaughter, the feeling of giving a good piece of jewelry to someone you love is just as important. Remember, whether your piece is from Tiffany’s or made by a local artisan, you should love it and the piece should be the best quality you can afford. It is much better to have several good pieces that you can wear with nearly everything, than dozens of costume jewelry that will someday end up part of a kid’s Halloween costume.
Check out the exclusive line of wearable art by DKC Jewelry now at Hunter-Wolff Gallery. The intricate designs and wiring around the stones are delicate and tasteful. Women, who love style, will enjoy the look of these pieces whether in their jeans or evening gown, and how they make a lady feel special!
Naweeya (4th from L) is a Passionate Designer
Can you imagine a 4 year old working for food? That’s exactly what Naweeya Omer and her six siblings had to do to survive growing up in a small village in Northern Thailand. Today, however, this Khmu woman from Northern Thailand helps feed the people of her village. She came to America 11 years ago and worked in Colorado as a designer/artist and entrepreneur. With her can-do spirit she started Naweeya’s World with a dream to help the small village she left behind. She knew she could help make a difference just by doing what she does best . . . create beautiful wearable art.
In addition to operating a day care center for working parents, she designs stunning jewelry and other wearable art. At Hunter-Wolff Gallery she offers stylish, one-of-a-kind jewelry created from natural gem stones, shells, wood, seedpods, and other organic elements for an exclusive look.
Because life has not changed much since she left Northern Thailand, and there is little opportunity for work, she and her husband try to support a village in dire need. Naweeya buys as much materials from Northern Thailand tribal villages as possible. Her creations are sold in the US and profits are returned to her much-loved homeland. She knows the hardships first hand and is driven to help make a better future for the Khmu children. She returns 100% of the profits she earns through her sales.
Her success as an artist for the past decade has fed many families and helps provide supplies for educational and health care purposes. Last year she contributed $1,200 worth of rice and $4,000 for medical supplies and education materials to the Khmu children. All this was made possible through Naweeya’s World and your support. It’s our goal in 2012 to keep Naweeya’s dream alive and give the Khmu children a brighter future so little children never have to work for food.
Beautiful Chunky Floral Design by Naweeya Omer
There’s no getting around “Bold and Bulging” jewelry trends with over the top chunky features. Forget understated
. Go for the Bold dripping in a bucketful of colorful stones. Turn any outfit into a head-turning, runway run-away. Not too long ago, we called these pieces “wearable art”. But it seems all the department stores, boutiques and gift shops are jumping on a trend that isn’t ready to fade.
If you want those one-of-a-kind American made quality pieces with real stones, real silver and long-term wearability, then you need to buy from a reliable source. Do you really think you can find quality at festivals and boutiques where they depend on volume sales? Can you imagine finding something this gorgeous in a local mall boutique? No way. This piece took our designer long hours (and hours), after spending hours carefully planning unique designs. Stop in and see for yourself.
If you really can’t see the difference, then let us show you.
Fresh Water Stick Pearls by Ronee DelBianco
It only takes 30 minutes in a day to make life more enjoyable. Set aside 30 minutes every day and play with your kids or your dog outside. Enjoy the fresh air with some physical activity like walking, cycling, hiking, or exercising to boost your self-esteem and feel alive. Be sure to take time to relax after a busy day by reading a book, scheduling a vacation, enjoying and learning about original art. After your workweek is over, once a month, go to a great event like ArtWalk in Old Colorado City. It is free, relaxing and there are always fabulous people to meet! This month, November 4, you can get a jump on your holiday shopping and see some spectacular art, fine jewelry, and learn about new techniques. Get started with: 1. Play Outside and Exercise 2. Book A Vacation 3. Read A Book 4. Learn and Buy Art 5. Clear Away Clutter on Your Desk 6. Flip Your Mattress 8. Meet An Artist at ArtWalk
Happy people are always doing things. Be one of them!