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SILVER KING Malila Dávalos and Miguel Dávalos Jr. keep the legacy going at Silver King. The popular heavy silver "King" ring now boasts a turquoise stone and rope bezel, some with gold roses on the sides. Look for the engraved Silver King logo on the inside. Link bracelets with skulls are still extremely popular, but cuff bracelets here are all the rage, especially melding silver and copper as in the Barbwire cuff, for either men or women. The Rockstar collection is superb with vintage washed silver and bright stars. Better, mix them up and wear them together; three or four together, stacked on one arm, a superb look from designers who make no compromise. (818) 700-1999; silverkingusa.com DOUGLAS MAGNUS Custom jewelry designer Douglas Magnus of Santa Fe keeps diversifying his Heartline Studio designs with new creations — everything from trophy buckles to diamond rings. For bracelet collectors, he's perfecting a series of cuffs in sand-cast silver and is completing a fresh charm bracelet in silver, link by link. "I'm trying to develop some new chain styles so the bracelet will stand alone," says Magnus. "My caviar chain, for example, has a small beadlike embossing." Charms for the bracelet are his many silver (or gold) medallions created to commemorate New Mexico's statehood anniversary and Santa Fe's 400th -year celebration. The look of the charms was inspired by Spanish colonial coinage. The Magnus versions bear the motto "Plus Ultra," descended from the Latin. Spanish history and Mexico have long been at the heart of his celebrated artistic inspiration. (505) 983-6777; douglasmagnus.com LOVE TOKENS Large rings are where it's at for Sunwest Silver, especially cluster rings with multistones, noticeably oversize. Cuffs feature repoussé (overlay in traditional nature-inspired designs), which is selling better than engraving. People are talking about its show- stopping arm wear, like 6- to 8-inch gladiator or gauntlet cuffs in silver, plus similar styles in leather. Charm bracelets are full-throttle, made to the retailer's preference, offering six styles of bracelets and a full line of charms and beads. In business for 36 years and known for the stunning Carico Lake turquoise (its exclusively) shown on cuffs, pendants and other items, Sunwest uses all American- sourced materials, employing 120 talented Native American silversmiths. (505) 243-3781; sunwestsilver.com SUNWEST SILVER SUMMER 2012 Celebrating its second year in the Western market, Love Tokens of Oklahoma City pioneered the rosary-style necklace, making the sacred stylish. Growing up with his mother's Catholic medals, Chris DeGraffenreid's collection grew from there. He and his wife, Stacey, design everything in quality materials. Bracelets are big, especially three- to four-layer wrap styles with different stones, like carnelian, turquoise, and freshwater pearls. The spiral-wire style cuff with three different stones and assorted accents is outstanding, too. DeGraffenreid sees the fall trend as large statement pieces and subdued colors using dyed leathers and pieces of mixed gemstones, plus layering, layering, layering ... show it all off! Watch for a new line of bold rings at fall market. (405) 503-6656; lovetokensjewelry.com LAURA INGALLS Laura Ingalls is known for unusual necklaces with quality materials but also makes amazing bracelets. We love the tubular leather and silver biker bracelets of the Leather 'n Sparks collection, some with a string of silver beads, some just plain, encircling your wrist with bold color. Youthful and trendy, they're perfect for everyday wear; one is good but more is better! Ingalls' charm bracelet with dangling bears is irresistible. A rising star in the boutique jewelry business, she is creating her unique designs with a true commitment to originality and crafting them by hand, one at a time. (262) 949-1330; lauraingallsdesigns.com