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Shiny Silver Jewelry by Colorado Designer Diane Calkins

April 20, 2015 in Art,Art Gallery,Artists,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,jewelry | Comments (0)

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Tired of that black ring around your neck from sterling silver?  Tarnish is natural when silver oxidizes but it can make a black mark on your skin. Good news for silver lovers who want their silver to stay shiny and not blacken. A brand called Argentium® Sterling is an alloy or mixture of silver containing 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper or other metals. Sterling silver is usually alloyed with copper to give it strength, durability and beauty.  But sterling silver tarnishes and needs regular polishing to keep it from darkening or turning black.

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 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 shiny silver that 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 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.

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Going to a Trunk Show?

August 23, 2013 in Art,Artists,Best of the Springs,Events,jewelry,Pendants,Shop Small,ShopSmall | Comments (0)

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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.

 

 

 

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Comfort & Elegant

August 19, 2012 in Art,Art Gallery,jewelry | Comments (0)

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Is it too much to ask for style and comfort in an earring design? I can’t tell you how excited everyone working at Hunter-Wolff Gallery was when D.K.C Designs presented a new collection of jewelry that offered high style and comfort. Many of our customers ask for light weight earrings but they also want volume. For most women who wear pierced earrings, they prefer an earring that brightens their face or compliments their attire, and feels comfortable. One of the problems we have heard over the years goes like this, “Those are so pretty but the stones are too heavy and will pull my earlobes to my shoulders.” Finding the perfect balance of comfort and style can be challenging for the wearer.

D.K.C. Designs is conscience of what women want and design beautiful “airy” earrings with just enough stones to give color and interest without pulling on delicate earlobes.  As an alternative, D.K.C Designs also offers a big look with all silver wire wrap without any stones that can’t be beat for a contemporary look.  You will hardly know you are wearing these earrings and may find yourself checking to make sure they are on your ears.  One of the added benefits is that their custom wires are more generous than manufactured mass-produced wires so many designers use.  Check out these beautiful options that go with everything and see for yourself how elegant and comfortable you feel in D.K.C Designs.

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A Thing Of Beauty

February 20, 2012 in Art,Artists,Color,Custom Art,Fine Art,Hunter-Wolff Gallery,jewelry | Comments (0)

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Velvet Obsidian in Silver by DKC Jewelry

Pendants in Silver or Copper

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!
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