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Hoops Weeks: Clip Ons and Hoop Alternatives

Hoop Alternatives and Clip Ons: And don’t think we forgot about all of you who maybe are looking for an alternative to the traditional hoop! Lynda and Bill both love making chains, and so in turn like to make earrings with similar circular designs. Shown below are a variety of circle earrings that make fantastic alternatives to the basic hoop! Plus, we can add a little extra spunk and pizzazz to a piece -- and make it unique to you -- by customizing the color of 14k gold, the hammered texture, or even by adding pearls or gemstones!

   

And if you don’t have piercings but still want a classic piece of jewelry to wear, look no further than our synclastic clip on earrings! This pair using the strength of opposing curves to keep the earring tight -- but not painfully so! -- on your ear. The earrings have been rigorously tested for comfortability and the ability to stay on throughout the day. These earrings can be made in a variety of sizes and styles, so contact us to learn more about the possibilities that could await you!  

Hoops Month: Loop-d-Loops

Loop-d-Loop Hoops: A fun twist on a classic style, Loop-d-Loop Hoops can be made in both the synclastic and anticlastic style.  

   

These quirky hoops add a bit of pizzazz to any outfit! Available in both sterling silver and 14k gold, these earrings can be made in a variety of sizes to best suit your style! If you are looking for a gift that a jewelry lover may not already have, look no further than these fascinating earrings. Made of one piece of metal that has been twisted into form, these earrings will be a talking point on every outing!

A Family Wedding Is Coming Soon!

Harvest Gold it thrilled to announce that Carley, Lynda and Bill's daughter, is getting married to the love of her life Jake here in the back yard of the gallery! With the wedding only three weeks away it is growing very hectic here at the gallery... but we are loving every second of the chaos! Carley's engagement band and both of their wedding bands were, of course, made by Lynda and Bill.

Wishing everyone love and joy in these midsummer months!

Rockhounding Around Lovell

Did you know that Oxford County, ME, is one of the most densely populated in the US with gemstones? From tourmaline to quartz, to beryls and micas, gemstones and minerals are so abundant that you can find them even in your local gravel pit or in your backyard!

Looking for stones can be a fun family adventure, where your kids can get outdoors and learn about an aspect of the landscape that they perhaps hadn't studied before! Check out the Greater Lovell Land Trust's website to see if any guided walking tours are being offered soon on the geology of Lovell!

Summer Garden Update

Bill has been hard at work keeping the gardens looking gorgeous as always! Filled with Rudbeckia, Bee Balm, Milkweed, Phlox, Golden Glow, Clover, Queen Anne's Lace, and so much more, the front gardens got a good clean up today.    

The backyard gardens, filled with fruit trees and vegetables, are also doing well. With the recent sunshine and rain, the gardens are more verdant than ever!

 

Hoops Month: Wire Forged

Wire Hoops: Refined and minimalistic, these are everyday hoops at their simplest. Hand forged, these wires often feature wider and thinner edges, to add a bit of intrigue to the profile of the hoop.

  

These earrings make great gifts for both young and old, as they look fun and laid back. That is not to say thought that they cannot be dressed up: add a string of pearls around your neck and swoop your hair up, and voila! A simple but beautiful glamorous look.

Hoops Month: Synclastic

This month on the Harvest Gold Blog is Hoops Month! Hoop earrings are a classic piece of jewelry that will never go out of style, and are a staple in any jewelry lover’s box! Here at Harvest Gold we carry a multitude of hand-forged styles of hoops, ranging from classic synclastic gold hoops to loop-d-loop hoops and even thin, elegant wire hoops. Stay tuned for the rest of September as each week we showcase a different style of hoops! Happy hoop hunting!


Synclastic Hoops: Bill’s hand-hammered synclastic hoops are a favorite amongst customers for their classic shape. Light reflects off the planes left by the hammer, and so they glisten and glow no matter how you wear them! These hoops can be easily dressed up or down and so can transition from daytime casual to evening wear in a snap!

  

Plus, most of the synclastic hoops have posts that hook back into themselves, and so you will have no backing to fiddle with and the hoop will look like one smooth continuous loop around your ear. And finally, an added plus built into many of the designs is a small tab at the top of the hoop. This tab is where the post is soldered to, and can be customized to suit your ears! Do you have unevenly placed piercings? Or has one piercing hole been stretched? By slight adjustments on where the post is placed on the back of the tab, we can make these earrings sit evenly on your ears. And further, if you dislike the way most hoop earrings sit against your face, we can adjust the angle of the post so that the hoop sits as you like it.

Maine Magnets

Here at Harvest Gold Gallery we celebrate and enjoy all types of arts and crafts, from all sorts of folks! And one product that we noticed we hardly ever showed online were the little hand-cut magnets that celebrate all things Maine!


These magnets make perfect souvenirs and gifts to remember your time in Lovell. With designs ranging from loons to lighthouses, and lakes to lobsters, there is a pattern and cut here to suit every kitchen fridge … or wherever you like to place your magnets!

Stop by the Gallery to pick one up. Hope to see you soon!

Tom Merriam - Local Whiskey Watercolorist and Limner

One of the first artists to show at Harvest Gold Gallery, Tom Merriam is also one of the most prolific! An accomplished painter in both acrylics and watercolor, a woodcarver, storybook author, song writer, and storyteller, Merriam is a central figure in the local art scene. His carvings and paintings are now on display at Harvest Gold Gallery, in Center Lovell.

A Maine native, Merriam began carving at the age of 12, and worked in the family business carving log benches. He graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music as a Piano Technician, and began working as a piano repairman and tuner. Continuing to carve in his spare time, Merriam began creating commissioned carvings for local clients. Merriam turned to carving full-time in 1982, when he went to work for a sign company in North Conway, and won six national awards for Dimensional Sign Design.

        A self-taught water colorist, Merriam went on to study under George Carpenter. Carpenter was the last surviving member of the Whiskey Watercolor Association, and he passed many of his techniques on to Merriam. Often beginning his work plein air (working outside, painting what is seen in that moment), Merriam begins by painting small, quick studies of his subject matter. In these studies he captures those variables that swiftly change in the outdoors: the wind, light, and movement of a scene. He then returns to his studio in Bridgton or Portsmouth to complete a larger final piece based off of the study.

 

Merriam is well known for his miniatures. These paintings range in size from 4” x 4” squares, all the way down to the size of a postage stamp! At one plein air painting session, Merriam showed up to paint with only an Altoids can in hand. He opened it up and used the top as an easel for his tiny paper, and used the bottom section as a palette! Often capturing the likenesses of birds, gardens, or houses in these miniatures, Merriam’s eye-catching watercolor style plus the tiny size of these paintings make them truly unique and fun.

 

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