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Silver for the Holidays: All That Glitters Is Not Gold

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The growth in design, style, and appeal of silver belt buckles, rings, and other jewelry items over the years has been exponential. From sources of craftsmanship such as Clint Orms Engravers and Silversmiths in Ingram to New Braunfels’ Lone Star Silversmith in the Texas Hill Country, and the Bohlin Company in Dallas, there’s no shortage of high-quality work in Texas. Whether it’s a personalized gift, made-to-order, or a unique piece to add to a loved one’s collection, remember, all that glitters is not gold.

Silver for the Holidays: All That Glitters Is Not Gold

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The jewelry itself often gets its inspiration from the American West, including history, expansion, and lifestyle. The imagery of both Native American nations and western living – ranching, farming, rodeos – have woven their way into the art form. Some of these have done so over hundreds of years.

Silver for the Holidays: All That Glitters Is Not Gold

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From extremely intricate to classic in style, this precious metal has permeated the jewelry industry making its mark on those also looking at matrimony. Wedding rings, over the decades, have come in all manner of fashions and tastes, and silver is no exception. A piece of jewelry that speaks to the individual’s taste and often exemplifies the strength of their bond, silver rings are an excellent choice for those wishing to make a personal statement.

Silver for the Holidays: All That Glitters Is Not Gold

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The addition of gemstones to the mix ups the game a notch in terms of interest and appeal. For a silver lover, turquoise and coral stones are great options, but growing more in fashion taste and desire are such stones as garnet, opal, ruby, and amethyst.

Silver for the Holidays: All That Glitters Is Not Gold

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The intricacy with which silver jewelry can be decorated and made to look ornate – almost vintage when in fact it’s brand new – is an art form in itself. The design, tools, time, and effort that are invested into making a piece that will appeal to the market are what truly makes a craftsperson great at their trade. When you’re out hitting the holiday markets throughout Texas this season, consider a gift for a friend or family member that’s made in the Lone Star State, made with pride and precision, and made with silver. It’s an expression of love that will truly last a lifetime.