Originally from Lithuania, New York-based jewelry designer Alex Sepkus has gained quite the loyal stateside following. Take a cursory look at his intricate, 18-karat gold and platinum jewelry pieces--with their signature square block patterns dotted with diamonds and sapphires--and you'll be under his spell, too. Unlike so many generic engagement rings or blinged-out tennis bracelets, once you see a Sepkus, you'll forever be able to spot a Sepkus. And lucky for local Sepkus fans, on Wednesday, April 28, and Thursday, April 29, you'll be able to spot hundreds of signature Sepkus pieces at R. Grey Gallery in BODO.
"This is actually going to be one of the biggest shows that we've done here," said Emily Green, gallery manager at R. Grey. "It's for two days only ... One of the representatives from Alex Sepkus will be coming, and he's going to have over 500 pieces that he's bringing with him--that's a huge amount for a trunk show."
Whether you're in the market for rings, necklaces or earrings, remember one thing: Don't show up to R. Grey without your spectacles in hand.
"His signature is his finishing details that he puts into each piece. It's all done by hand and all of his goldsmiths work under magnification, so it's all the tiny little surface details that really make it," said Green. "They're incredible. It's like looking into another world."
R. Grey will remain open until 9 p.m. on Wednesday to give browsers more time to try on Alex Sepkus pieces. And, according to Green, don't even think about ordering his jewelry from eBay. You have to see a Sepkus first-hand--on your hand--to truly appreciate its beauty.
"It's much prettier in person, and we even have people say it's prettier on, than on one of our stands," said Green. "You really do have to try it on to appreciate it."
Wednesday, April 28, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Thursday, April 29, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., R. Grey Gallery, 415 S. Eighth St., 208-385-9337, rgreygallery.com.