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Holiday Sale, Show and Benefit Starts November 25!

Posted by Jewelry Genuis on November 16th, 2017


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 more– starting at just $2.50.

An extra incentive: a portion of proceeds from the month-long sale will benefit Camp Sunshine, a retreat for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.

And do plan to join us at the customer appreciation party on Friday, December 8, 5-9 p.m. We’ll have complimentary refreshments, silent auction and door prize.



Topaz: The Color for November

Posted by Jewelry Genuis on November 13th, 2017

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 Greeks believed it had the power to make its wearer invisible in cases of emergency. An English superstition held that topaz cured lunacy.

Mounted in gold and hung around the neck, it was believed to be a cure for insomnia, asthma, burns and hemorrhage. Topaz was also said to change its color in the presence of poisoned food or drink. That alone makes it crazy valuable, right?

And, from the “who knew/” files, topaz is the state gem of Utah.

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5th Annual Holiday Benefit and Art Show

Posted by Jewelry Genuis on November 8th, 2017

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 will offer a wide range of handcrafted items—starting at $2.50—including jewelry, specialty food, cards, home accents, fine art and more. Participating artists include M.J. Benson, Ember Grove, Angel Rox, Chart Metalworks, Lola Arts, Andrew Cook, and Mike Libby.

A portion of proceeds from the month-long sale and artists’ reception will benefit Camp Sunshine, a retreat for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.

Here’s the Scoop:

Show and Sale

Saturday, November 25, through Sunday, December 24

The shop will be open Wednesday – Sunday, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.


Artist Reception and Customer Party

Friday, December 8, 5-9 p.m.

The event will feature complimentary refreshments, silent auction and door prize.



Chaya Studio Jewelry

22 Cottage Rd.

South Portland, ME

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Recently Completed Work: Wedding Rings

Posted by Jewelry Genuis on October 23rd, 2017

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 the Tree Branch Ring II, and the woman’s band is a hand-carved Infinity Band with pave set diamonds.

To see more work or talk through a custom project, come visit me, call for a private consultation or visit Chaya Studio Jewelry. Together, we can find just the right thing for you


This weekend is the Morristown CraftMarket!

Posted by Jewelry Genuis on October 19th, 2017


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 arts and crafts in all contemporary media.

This beautifully juried, indoor show is held at the National Guard Armory in Morristown, NJ.

The show is produced and run by the not-for-profit Kiwanis Club of Randolph Township, NJ. Literally thousands of volunteer hours are put into the planning and management of the CraftMarket. All net proceeds from the show benefit local charities.

Show Schedule:
October 20, 21 & 22, 2017

Friday, October 20th – 5 pm to 9 pm
Saturday, October 21st – 10 am to 6 pm
Sunday, October 22nd – 10 am to 5 pm

Daily admission is $10.
Children under 12 accompanied by an adult are FREE.
Senior citizens receive $2 off.

Opening Night Reception – Friday, October 20, from 5 pm to 8 pm



Find Our Common Ground

Posted by Jewelry Genuis on September 19th, 2017


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.

I doubt that any of us is perfect in our quest to be “green” or “environmentally friendly” or to “live sustainably,” but when you walk around this fair, you can’t help but be reminded that there are lots of things you can do to live a bit closer to nature and to decrease our impact on the earth. I find this fair reinvigorating, and it’s delightful to meet people who are already committed to that cause or are just learning how to make little changes in their lives.

No matter what’s going on in our world, I remain hopeful that we can find common ground and work together to live both conscientiously and peacefully.

The Details:

The fair is September 22-24 in Unity, Maine. The gates open at 9 a.m. each day, and vendors will be open until 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m. on Sunday.
I’ll be located in the large craft tent, booth 14. It’s a corner booth facing the Common Area.
Fair Admission Fees:

  • Adults (13-64) – $10.00 Advance/ $15.00 At the Gate
  • Elders (65+) – $8.00 Advance/ $10.00 At the Gate
  • Children (12 & under) & persons with disabilities- free

Buy tickets ahead of time.


Join Me at Camp Ketcha This Weekend

Posted by Jewelry Genuis on September 13th, 2017

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, you can tour Camp Ketcha’s meadows, forests, streams and wetlands!

Show hours and fees:
Saturday, September 16: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, September 17: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission is $5; (under 18, free).

Hope to see you there!


Maine Crafts Guild Marks 42 Years on Mt. Desert Island

Posted by Jewelry Genuis on July 25th, 2017


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

Posted by Jewelry Genuis on July 17th, 2017

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

Posted by Jewelry Genuis on July 10th, 2017

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!