Vail gallery hosts special gold-buying day |

Vail gallery hosts special gold-buying day

Vail Daily staff report
Special to the Vail DailyVail goldsmith Ron Denning

VAIL, Colorado –Cogswell Gallery in Vail, Colorado is pleased to host regional goldsmith Ron Denning, “the Gold Guy,” for a special gold-buying event Saturday.

Bring in your broken, outdated, inherited gold or platinum jewelry, diamonds, class rings, sterling silver flatware, U.S. coins up to 1964, and even dental gold to Cogswell Gallery from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

A high school jewelry course set a career path for Ron Denning 30 years ago. Raised by a single mother who was intent on her son being self-sufficient, Denning was asked to make a decision at 18 about what he wanted to do after high school.

That high school jewelry class had captured his interest more than anything and seemed worth pursuing. So mom set up a goldsmith apprenticeship with Van Dykes Jewelry Store in Des Moines, Iowa, while Ron was a senior in high school and he continued working there for a year after graduating.

He still remembers his mentor, Mr. Van Dyke, after nearly a year at the bench, commenting to Ron, “It sounds like you’re starting to get the feel of your file.” Persistence paid off.

After a move to Denver and then Vail, fate played its hand again. When his construction tool box was stolen off the back of his motorcycle and with no money to replace the tools, Ron answered an ad for a jeweler at the Golden Bear in Vail. He got the job and thus began a 30-year jewelry career in the Rocky Mountains, working later at Hughes Precious Metals at the top of Bridge Street in Vail, and finally taking the leap to being a business owner himself in 1991.

HD Studios, Fine Designs in Gold began as a charm wholesale business with then partner Jim Hagius, who passed away in 1998. Denning remains loyal to the memories of his talented friend and business partner, whose creations are still represented today in Denning’s charm line.

A self-proclaimed ski bum and outdoorsman, the charm line is inspired by Denning’s love of all things in nature and the outdoor lifestyle which he embraces in the beautiful area he lives in with his wife and daughters. He has also mastered the art of hand forging, as well as creating beautiful pieces with elk ivory. His Indian ancestors would be proud.

John Cogswell explained that this is the first type of event hosted by Cogswell Gallery. If the event generates interest, Cogswell Gallery may host similar events in the future, Cogswell said.

For more information about this topic, please contact Steven C. DeWitt, Jr. at 970-476-1769 or

What: Goldsmith Ron Denning

Where: Cogswell Gallery, Vail

When: 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday

Cost: Free

More information: Call 970-479-1769

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