5th Annual Holiday Benefit and Art Show

I am pleased to say that this year marks the 5th anniversary of my holiday art show. In addition to encouraging holiday shoppers to buy local, this event really spotlights local Maine artists and gives us the opportunity to give back to our community. The show has become a boutique shopping tradition for the holidays, and, as always, my fellow artists … Read More

Recently Completed Work: Wedding Rings

Wanted to share these two wedding band projects. They are very different, but both were a lot of fun to work on. And, of course, it’s always fun to be involved in someone’s love story! These hand carved wedding rings are made from 14k yellow gold and sterling silver.   This is a 14K white gold wedding set. The gent’s ring is … Read More

This weekend is the Morristown CraftMarket!

  Now in its 41st continuous year, the Morristown CraftMarket is one of the top juried, longest-running and most successful fine art and fine craft shows in the nation. Each year, about 150 gifted artists come from over 25 states across the country to exhibit in this nationally acclaimed show. Showcased is an exhibition and sale of extraordinary, one-of-a-kind and limited-edition fine … Read More

Find Our Common Ground

  The Common Ground Country Fair is one of the most popular fairs in Maine and one that I think everyone should have on their must-do list for fall. Hosted each year by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA), this fair features demonstrations, hands-on activities, music and children’s activities, along with a huge range of artisans with their handmade goods. … Read More

Join Me at Camp Ketcha This Weekend

Show season continues in September, and I’m looking forward to the Maine Crafts Guild’s 8th annual Scarborough Fine Craft Show, September 16-17. The show will feature a nice range of crafts, including wood, metal, clay, fiber, glass and mixed media. The show takes place at Camp Ketcha, 336 Black Point Road in Scarborough. It’s a lovely setting, and, after shopping, … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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: If you own a ruby, you will live in harmony with all people and be protected from danger (how awesome is that!?). If you dream of a ruby, … Read More

Don’t Miss MECA COLLECT

Hope you can make it to COLLECT: MECA’s annual summer art sale and fundraiser. I’m happy to have five pieces in the show, and I’m thrilled to be featured in this month’s MECA newsletter! I hope you’ll make time in your busy summer  schedule to support aspiring artists at MECA.   The event, June 29 – July 1, is a three-day, salon-style show and … Read More

I’m hitting the road!

For artists and artisans, summer means special events and festivals, and I’ll be hitting the road next week!  It’s a lot of work, but I love meeting existing and new clients and sharing my work. I’m always inspired when I get back. Watch my Facebook page, blog and newsletter for more shows. My 2017 calendar is also listed on my events page. If you’re … Read More

Keeping Your Silver Beautiful

  Did you know that you can avoid tarnish by wearing your jewelry often? The oils in your skin “clean” the silver and keep it looking shiny. Of course, I’m a big fan of this option, but if your silver needs a little touch up, start with a non-abrasive silver cloth to polish your items (paper towels or facial tissues … Read More

What Are Eco-Friendly Diamonds?

As far back as 6,000 years ago when they were used for religious amulets in India, diamonds have been treasured as precious stones. As a result, approximately 4.5 billion carats of diamonds have been extracted from the ground since large scale mining efforts began in South Africa in the 1870s. This means many millions of diamonds are part of the … Read More

Make Your Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day gifts shouldn’t be “one size fits all” (should anything really?). Every mom is different, and our recognition of the mothers in our lives should be as special as she is. If you’re still looking for just the right thing, I think I can help. If your mom loves being on the water, a Sailboat or Anchor necklace or earrings from … Read More

Get Your Shine On: Palladium & Platinum Are Perfect!

  Ever heard of palladium? It is a rare and lustrous silvery-white metal that is a member of a group of metals called “Noble Metals.” It earned that distinction, because it can withstand corrosion and oxidation. It is also hypoallergenic, will not tarnish, and is extremely durable. Most important, it is crazy shiny and makes a piece of jewelry really stand … Read More

We Have Spring Fever!

Happy Spring!! Anyone who follows my work knows that I am inspired by the natural world. Since spring is here, I want to share my recent homage to Mother Nature: the Birch Bark series. The texture is a direct translation of the bark of a birch tree, and this subtle design allows for a lot of variations. For example, changing … Read More

New Beginnings

Need a fresh start? Find some cherry blossoms to see and smell. In much of Japan, flowering cherry trees come into full bloom around the beginning of April, so it is considered a time of new beginnings. For example, April is the month when the new school year starts, when companies start their new business years, and when many new graduates … Read More

Spotlight On: Custom Sketches and Renderings

Almost all my custom projects start with drawings (yes, I still love to use pencil and paper). Using the information provided by each client, I create hand drawings of a minimum of 3 different concepts. Once the design is approved and finalized, I can outline project details and begin production! Below are some samples. Check them out and remember…I would love … Read More

Love, Weddings & Rings

This time of year, spring is in the air, and happy couples everywhere start talking about getting married. Where do you start? With a ring, of course! People often get hung up on wedding ring traditions… matching bands, an engagement ring AND a wedding ring, only diamonds, etc. The truth is that there are no rules anymore, and couples shouldn’t … Read More

CUSTOM JEWELRY DESIGN: HOW DOES IT WORK?

  One of my favorite parts of my work at Chaya Studio Jewelry is custom designs. A growing number of clients are asking me to create something for themselves or someone else. We start with a clean slate and collaborate on their ideas and tastes. At the end, they get exactly what they want, and it is uniquely them. The … Read More

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