Ladies Knight in Knightville…Just in Time to Celebrate Mom!

    Rally your friends and get out on the town on Thursday, May 9. From 5-7:30 p.m., 12 retailers in the Knightville district of SoPo (check out the route map below) will be hosting a Spring Ladies Knight. Businesses will be staying open late so you can stroll around, check out their products and services and maybe find a … Read More

Love Is In the Air

As we approach spring and summer wedding season, this is the perfect time to start creating engagement rings and wedding bands. I LOVE making rings, especially ones that honor the love shared between two people, and I would be honored to work with you! Some people have a clear design in mind; others have an idea but don’t know how … Read More

14 Days Until Christmas!

Our 6th Annual Holiday Pop-Up Shop and Benefit continues!  Thanks to everyone who has visited during our first two weeks and for those we hosted at the artists’ reception. We are enjoying meeting new friends and spotlighting the fabulous work of more than 30 local artists. Shopping local, supporting talented artists and helping Camp Sunshine give special experiences to children … Read More

Holiday Pop-up Shop To Open Saturday, November 24

This marks the sixth year of my holiday benefit and pop-up shop. With the participation of fellow artists, we create a shopping destination where people can find fantastic holiday gifts and support local artists.   Most important, we share proceeds from sales with Camp Sunshine,  a retreat for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.   As always, we’ll have a wide range of … Read More

Greens to Envy

  As you know from this blog, many gems come in a variety of colors. For example, garnets come in several shades of red and green and black; topaz can be found in several shades of yellow, pale green, blue, red, pink, and black; rubies can be yellow, orange, green, brown, violet or purple. Peridot is one of the few gemstones that forms only in … Read More

Happy Birthday Ruby Fans

July’s birthstone is the ruby. I love the deep red richness of the stones, but often, for a bit less money, that beautiful red can also be found in tourmaline, red spinel and garnets. As you know, I work only with previously mined stones, but you might be interested to know that historically rubies have been mined all over the … Read More

Come See Me…I’m on the Road

  One of the things I enjoy most about summer is getting out on the road (see details below) and having face-to-face conversations with customers and new customers. I so appreciate the loyal followers who have supported me over the years, and it is always fun to visit with them and share new pieces. It’s also very exciting to meet people … Read More

Gemstone of the Month: Diamonds

  The official birthstone for April is the diamond. It also marks the 60th anniversary of marriage. As a matter of fact, it’s also my birthstone, so I can’t help but be a little partial! I love the look of colored stones, but I also appreciate the simple beauty of a diamond, and for some pieces of jewelry, it is the perfect … Read More

A Look at Julie’s Garden: A New Collection

In my most recent newsletter, I shared the story of a custom hairpiece I created for a client. When the project was complete, I realized the individual components were strong enough to stand on their own, and so they have evolved into a new collection I call Julie’s Garden. The new line honors a friend of mine who recently lost her … Read More

Custom Hairpiece Inspires New Work and Acknowledges a Friend

  As a gift to his wife, a client asked me to create a hairpiece using a garden theme. Inspired by her love of gardening, I spent several weeks looking at pictures, sketching flowers and plants, and working to create the most beautiful composition. I finally settled on a detailed piece with five different plants that we agreed were perfect for his … Read More

Go for Garnets!

It’s January, and I think garnets are perfect for this month’s birthstone. They are so deep and rich…a wonderful complement to our heavy sweaters and dark colors here in Maine! Don’t have a birthday in January? According to some traditions, garnets are also often given on the second and sixth wedding anniversaries, so drop a hint if you need to! … Read More

Holiday Sale, Show and Benefit Starts November 25!

  We are a little over one week away. I’d love to see you at the sale sometime during the holiday season! We have so many talented artists participating, including M.J. Benson, Ember Grove, Angel Rox, Chart Metalworks, Lola Arts, Andrew Cook, and Mike Libby, so you can select from handmade items–including jewelry, specialty food, cards, home accents, fine art and … Read More

Topaz: The Color for November

November’s birthstone is topaz, which is best known for its golden brown to yellow color (although it does come in other colors). I think it is a beautiful color for fall. The name topaz comes from the Sanskrit word for fire. The Egyptians believed that it was colored with the golden glow of the sun god Ra, and the ancient … Read More

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