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.
DKC Jewelry Made in Colorado with Argentium Silver
Not familiar with Argentium® sterling silver? Silver jewelry is typically made from an alloy of silver containing 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper or other metals to give it strength, durability and beauty. But sterling silver tarnishes and needs regular polishing.
Since the late 1990’s, silver mixed with germanium (not copper) has become more and more popular in jewelry making. It is called Argentium® and it stays bright and beautiful. Argentium® forms a clear oxide reducing tarnishing and contains 92.5% silver and no nickel or copper. At Hunter-Wolff Gallery, Argentium® sterling silver used in designs by Jewelry by Tana and DKC Jewelry is very durable and is easy to clean. You can clean it with a mild detergent and lukewarm water to bring back its shine. To maintain the shine and luster of Argentium® silver, simply wipe away any dust or finger marks with a soft cloth. More intricate pieces worn frequently may require an occasional wash in warm soapy water followed by a rinse and patted dry with a soft cloth to avoid watermarks. An infrequent wipe with a clean silver polishing cloth will help to protect Argentium® silver from finger marks and everyday dirt and grime.
Tip: Never use ‘dip-type’ polishes or electrolytic cleaning processes with Argentium® silver. More info in our March Newsletter.
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!
Colorado Jewelry Designer Ruben Manuel
We seem to find talent just about everywhere but recognizing the cream of the crop takes a careful eye and painful attention to detail.Â Recognized as a top team player and project manager in the high-tech field, Ruben Manuel also wears another hat that showers him with accolades.Â He is one of a handful of truly fine jewelry designers destined for the big league.Â Move over Mr. David Yurman.
Ruben is passionate about many things in life and designing men and womenâ€™s jewelry is at the top of his list.Â After examining a handful of his signature pieces and custom designs, I knew I stirred up the cream of the crop. . .Â and wanted a Ruben for myself.Â If you love elegance, sparkle, brilliant color, and exquisite design, you need a â€œRubenâ€.
A Ruben, aptly named after the designer, is a one-of-a-kind design in sterling silver featuring beautiful, high-quality gemstones and luxurious pearls for a â€œstop in your tracksâ€ reaction.Â Words canâ€™t describe the feeling a woman gets from wearing a â€œRubenâ€ and we invite you to visit our website for a preview of our collection by Ruben Manuel Designs. Stop in to the gallery to feel a Ruben against your skin.Â Itâ€™s delicious.
Faceted Gemstones "Bubbles"
Stay tuned: More about the RubenÂ Manuel DesignÂ collections to unfold over the next few weeks with a major announcement in March 2010.
If you panicked when you learned Calabash was closing, you can relax because we brought the highly coveted Murphy Originals collection from Calabash to Hunter-Wolff Gallery. When the former Calabash gallery owner Sandy Murphy announced she was closing her gallery, it came as a blow to our small business community. But operating a business and working as a full-time Jewelry Designer while balancing family and home is exhausting and challengingâ€”there are only so many hours in the day.Â Sandy is an accomplished jewelry designer and her work needed her full attention.Â Now she focuses on her design and fabrication work and relies on Hunter-Wolff Gallery to reach you.
For those who value high-quality metalsmithing, you will appreciate the innate grace and elegance, interesting shapes, textures, colors and impeccable workmanship in Murphy Originals. Designer Sandy Murphy incorporates clean lines, soft curves, and geometric shapes for sophisticated results. Her pieces often feature 22-karat gold accents, sterling silver, fine pearls and/or one or more gemstones, where the right color combination defines the overall design impact. Even her smallest scale pieces with subdued colors create a â€œhead-turningâ€ reaction.
Do you love glamour and are ready for something special? Then check out her popular silver pieces with druzy, where the tiny, eye-catching crystals sparkle and glisten. Â For more universal everyday wear, many designs are suitable for both casual and eveningwear. These pieces incorporate traditional elements that together create a classic look with a fresh new edge and are meant for the woman who isnâ€™t afraid to have some fun with her jewelry while turning heads. Murphy Originals are engaging and really do turn heads!â€