Maine Crafts Guild Marks 42 Years on Mt. Desert Island

 

If you’re looking for a reason to go to Bar Harbor (like you really need one), the Mount Desert Island Maine Crafts Guild Show is the only excuse you’ll need.

Often referred to as the most outstanding, most successful, and longest-running craft show in Maine, the MCG is celebrating the 42nd anniversary of this incredible show.

Held at the Atlantic Oceanside Event Center on Eden Street, a prime location just outside of downtown Bar Harbor, approximately 60 of Maine’s finest craftspeople will fill the recently renovated ballroom and tent.

Admission is $5 for adults; children under 18 free.
Hours are:
Friday, July 28: 5-8 p.m.
Saturday, July 29: 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Sunday, July 30: 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Mining for Color

I love adding stones to my pieces to add a splash of color. We’re lucky that in Maine, we have access to large stores of tourmaline. In fact, tourmaline is Maine’s official state gemstone. Mt. Mica in Paris is famous the world over for tourmaline, but there are several mines across the state, including Mount Apatite in Auburn. Emmons Quarry in Greenwood, Bennett Quarry in Buckfield and Whispering Pines Quarry in Paris.

Tourmaline can be found in green, pink, blue, watermelon and more. Citrine, aquamarine, amethyst, smoky quartz and rose quartz have also been mined locally, so I have a ton of colorful, local options for my lines and your custom projects. What’s your favorite color? Let me know, and I’ll create something just for you!

              

Repurposing: Bringing New Life to Old Jewelry

As most of you know, I am committed to being environmentally friendly and using ethically sourced materials. For all of my work, I use recycled precious metals and Fair Trade gemstones. Another way I stay environmentally friendly is by working with clients to repurpose stones and metals for their projects. Here’s how it works:

Many people find that over the years, their jewelry no longer suits their personality or their lifestyle. They have pieces with sentimental and monetary value but no connection to the style of the piece or pieces. They like the metals and stones they have; they just don’t like the way they come together.

Repurposing is a popular option because you can look at a new ring or necklace or bracelet and still feel the sentimentality, because you know where it came from and that your old pieces gave life to your new piece!

This piece was created using only the client’s gold and stones.

 

When we work together to repurpose your jewelry, I’m fulfilling my commitment to being environmentally friendly, and you are participating in that. It’s one of those “full circle” things that is extremely rewarding!

Want to talk through your options? Contact me or call me at 207-221-6552, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. EST or make an appointment with me for a FREE consultation!

Four Reasons to Love Rubies

 

According to the Farmer’s Almanac, The July birthstone, the ruby, was regarded by ancient Hindus as the “king of gems” and symbolizes love, passion, energy and success. Here are some more fun legends about rubies:

  1. If you own a ruby, you will live in harmony with all people and be protected from danger (how awesome is that!?).
  2. If you dream of a ruby, you will have good luck.
  3. The ruby and the related sapphire are the second hardest natural gemstones; only diamonds are harder.
  4. The gem was once thought to protect warriors if worn on their armor or embedded in their skin.

And in case you’re interested, The July birth flowers are the larkspur and the water lily.

I wish you all a happy July!