Well, I’m back with my armchair shopping stroll down MAINE Street with some more wonderful holiday gift ideas from Maine. Once again, my disclaimer is that I have no business relationship with these entities and am in no way being compensated for my mention of their websites. They are businesses that I love as a consumer and want to share these bits of Maine artistry with you for the pure joy of sharing. Today we’re hitting a few Jewelry Stores (heads up, gentleman) with eye for what might please the ladies in the audience.
For those of you who like Nice (with a Capital N) jewelry may I suggest a trip to the Cross Jewelers website. When you get there, focus on 2 areas of the website if you’re looking for truly Maine items – the Maine Tourmaline section and the Jewelry Inspired By The Coast Of Maine section. Maine is known for its highest quality Tourmaline mined in the southwestern area of the state, and Cross Jewelers produces the most exquisite of Tourmaline creations. Like the Watermelon Patch Gold Earrings shown in the photo below. I just love the delicate transition from the pink heart to the green “rind”. The delicate coloring makes this such a feminine set of earrings …dainty and delightful. And like all their pieces, these are also available in white gold and silver.
One of my other favorite Maine tourmaline pieces is Cross Jewelers “Dory” rings. Such a clever creation! They have used the timeless shape of the utilitarian and seaworthy dory to inspire the design. The variety of colors available are amazing but my favorite is the “Earth, Sea, and Sky” (big hint, hint, hint to my darling Bill)! As you can see below it is a stunner.
When you visit their Jewelry Inspired By The Coast Of Maine sectionof the site you will find gorgeous Sea Glass Jewlery like the bracelet below.
And they have a number of gold jewelry designs that scream “Maine” like lobsters, love knots, and of course, their beautiful Compass Rose medallion.
Now the Cross Jewelry is quality, and that kind of quality does come with a price. If your budget is a little on the tight side and you are looking for some more moderately priced pieces with great design and outstanding quality, you might like Lisa Hall Jewelry of Northeast Harbor. She works in both gold and silver, and uses sea glass, Maine tourmaline, and other precious stones in her designs. A native Mainer, she studied design at Sarah Lawrence College and in Italy but brought her artistry home to Maine. After a stint of working on a lobster boat (you can’t get much more Maine than that), she opened her studio/gallery in the charming village of Northeast Harbor on Mount Desert Island. She was written up in Martha Stewart Living Magazine being recognized for the warmth and organic simplicity of her sea glass jewelry designs. She does not polish or reshape the Maine sea glass but instead lets the glass dictate the design.
Aside the beautiful sea glass, her gallery also displays her “Renaissance” line of medieval styled jewelry. In viewing the line, with its strong Medieval, Gothic, and Byzantine influences, one can see the impact of her studies in Florence, Italy on her work.
For our last stop in today’s Maine shopping tour, we’ll stop at Southport and visit Southport Silver, the gallery and studio of Nancy Prisk. You might say Nancy has silver and copper running in her veins. Not because trace elements might be found in the actual blood, but found in her heritage. She comes from a long line of metal workers starting with her grandfather, who immigrated to the United States from Cornwall, England to work in Connecticut tin mines. Together with other family members, they founded the Prisk Pewter Company. Nancy learned a lot of her metal working skills from her father just as he did from his. Living in a coastal town, she derives a lot of her inspiration from the sea as evidenced in her creations such as her “Shell” line that resemble flared scallop shells or her “Sea Star” that remind me of the sand dollars I used to find washed up on the beach, when as a child I combed to New England beaches.
But Nancy Prisk’s abilities as a metal artisan really shine through when you look at her more free form, abstract pieces such as Fine Silver “Relationships” Pendant Necklace and “Relationships” Earrings. This line is also inspired by the sea, letting the silver roll and turn like the swelling waves that crash along the rocky Maine Coast.
Nancy’s elegant line of Kum Boo earrings and pendants utilizes a traditional Korean technique to layer and permanently bond 24-karat gold onto finished pieces of hand crafted Fine Silver creating stunning pieces as shown below. So visit Nancy’s website – www.southportsilver.com and get in touch with her to order by emailing at – [email protected]