PHOTOS BY PHOTO ARTISTRY BY MELINDA
Whether you’re a wristwatch lover or a necklace novice, there’s always something new to learn when it comes to finding the right piece of jewelry for yourself or your loved one. Why shop for sentimental valuables at a cold commercial retailer in the mall? When it comes to saying “I do” to a quality engagement ring or customizing a piece of jewelry to your liking, stick to Wingo’s Fine Jewelry – Clemmons’s own small-town gem.
Store owner Danny Wingo has been in the jewelry business since the age of 14. Decades later, Danny has only grown a stronger appreciation for jewelry, and an even stronger affinity for providing top notch customer service. Major jewelry retailers in the Triad might have an excellent selection of gold, silver, and precious stones to peruse, but they often lack the warm, welcoming community atmosphere that Danny and his team at Wingo’s Fine Jewelry strives to create for everyone who walks through the shop’s doors.
While customers are able to shop for valuables such as engagement rings and wedding bands, Wingo’s also carries high-end watches, designer rings, pearls, and more. Danny and his team stay busy with fulfilling custom jewelry orders from clients and working hard to find a design that will perfectly suit individual customers’ preferences. If you’re looking to customize a ring but have no clue where to start, Danny’s extensive knowledge of jewelry-making makes him a safe place to fall. Because all of Wingo’s custom pieces start off with a simple sketch, Danny sits down with customers and listens intently to what exactly they’re looking for. He sends sketches off to Wingo’s jeweler, who uses the sketches to create wax molds, which give customers a better idea of what their jewelry will look or feel like as a finished product. Being able to hold and try on a wax mold of a custom piece of jewelry helps customers determine whether they’re pleased with their design, with the helpful expertise of Danny and his team, or if their design needs a bit more fine-tuning before it’s ready for casting. The casting process is where the jewelry-making magic truly begins, followed by the application of hand-set stones, diamonds, and other intricate details.
Danny started fulfilling custom jewelry orders nearly 30 years ago and to him, jewelry making is nothing short of an art – which pairs nicely with the decor found around the store. Lining the walls of Wingo’s Fine Jewelry are paintings for sale by the talented artist Phillip Philbeck, a resident of Marion, North Carolina. Ask Danny about one of Phillip’s paintings, and he will explain the techniques, paint style, and small details regarding each work of art in the shop with ease. If you don’t enter Wingo’s Fine Jewelry with an interest in art, you’re sure to leave with one.
With Valentine’s Day around the corner, Wingo’s is the prime Triad location for showering your spouse or significant other with silver or gold. Head to Wingo’s to shop for men’s watches, chains, and even bracelets. In need of an engagement ring? With 42 years of experience, Danny has seen many engagement ring trends come and go, and has a keen eye for what will be the perfect ring for popping the question. Lately, round cuts with halos have been the most popular pick among customers shopping for engagement rings, with square cuts also becoming more and more popular among prenuptial consumers.
Whether you’re in need of a new piece of jewelry, or you’re looking to size or appraise old items, visit Danny and his team for high quality products, outstanding customer service, and maybe even a newfound appreciation for art. Visit in-person in Clemmons at 2503 Lewisville Clemmons Rd., or call the store directly at (336) 766-8505 to speak to a team member. Check out Wingo’s Fine Jewelry on Facebook and shop online at www.wingosfinejewelry.com.