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A Custom Engagement Ring: Made from Heirloom Jewelry!

Original publish date: Sep. 7th, 2010

We LOVE making custom jewelry, it gives us an opportunity to work closely with our customers to help translate their love and their story into an heirloom they will cherish!
Here is the story of Bethany and Wade's engagement ring (pictured above). Bethany and Wade are engaged and they came to us with the hope of repurposing a few pieces of family jewelry into one ring.  Bethany is a big fan of etsy and sells her own work on the site. Thus it was only natural for her to search for a ring on Etsy. And through her search Bethany found us!
Bethany wanted a non-traditional ring that would be both comfortable to wear on a daily basis and yet would be classic, lasting a life time.   Bethany also wanted one ring with the look of two bands. In addition, she wanted different textures, various widths, and a combination of different golds- all wrapped into one beautiful ring.  To start, Bethany had her father's yellow gold wedding band which was very sentimental, especially because of its engraving. In addition, Bethany also had a sapphire from her mother that both her mother and grandmother had worn in its original setting, a high traditional tiffany mounting. As with most family jewelry, over the years the stone had received a few "love taps" and therefore the stone's chips needed to be concealed. 
Keeping all these factors in mind, we began brainstorming. We worked all these ideas and materials into one ring with 2 textures, two colors of gold, two widths, engraved with the parents sentiment and a bezel setting for the sapphire to hide the "love" taps!  Bethany now has a ring that incorporates something from her father, her mother and grandmother- what a great foundation to have as one begins their own marriage, to be so blessed. Now Bethany can wear this custom ring for a life time and pass it on to the next generation. 


Bethany sent us these fantastic photos! Here is Bethany modeling her ring.
Above: the preservation of the engraving from her Father's wedding band.
Bethany was a treat to work with and we are so thrilled she is so happy with her ring!
Bethany left us fabulous feedback on our Etsy Shop:
I can't express how much I enjoyed working with Lynda to design our engagement ring. I originally found her through etsy, because I was looking for a jewelry designer who would recycle my parents old wedding/engagement rings. Not only did she spend endless time helping us design the ring, she gave us ideas we wouldn't have thought of--such as saving the inscription on my Dad's ring. The ring came out just as I imagined. And it fits perfectly!! I highly recommend contacting Lynda if you have an interesting idea or you want to recycle/reuse an older piece of jewelry. We were able to create our entire ring from these family pieces. Though my Dad won't be able to attend my wedding--I now have something that will represent him. Thanks again Lynda--for giving these materials a new life.
New Gemstone Rings!

Original publish date: Aug. 22nd, 2010

We are so pleased to share our line of Tourmaline rings in our Etsy Shop- HarvestGoldGallery.
Above: Royal Pink Tourmaline, with diamonds.
Also available, a lovely example of a Maine watermelon tourmaline ring.
Aqua Blue tourmaline, a fun diamond alternative.

Pretty in Pink, tourmaline ring.

To see even more of our Tourmaline Rings, visit our ring section here.
Have Green Beans Year-Round with Bill's Kitchen Tips!

Original publish date: Jul. 26th, 2010

From the garden to the freezer: with this large amount of green beans we'll be eating home grown garden fresh green beans all winter!  It's been a great year for the garden with the early spring and hot sunny days so far this summer, and so we have an abundance of green beans.

Bill's best tip for savoring your green beans year round is quite simple: blanche and then freeze!

1. Pick all your green beans when they are ripe, and wash all the dirt off.

2. While you're washing your beans have a full pot of water heating to a boil.

3. Also be sure to have a full bowl of ice water close by

4. When the water boils carefully add all the beans and bring back to a boil.

5. Once the boil returns quickly remove and strain the beans.

6. Add the strained beans to the ice water and gently toss until cold.

7. Remove the beans from the ice water and prepare the beans either French cut or Julian cut. 

8. Then pack and store your beans in freezer bags in the portions you desire!


9. Store these bags in the freezer until you are ready to use them on that cold winter day! When you are ready to eat your beans, simply place the frozen beans back in some boiling water to reheat.

10. When water returns to a boil your beans are ready to strain and eat!

Stay posted for more helpful garden and cooking tips from Bill!

Conway, NH Artist Nathan Macomber Featured at Harvest Gold

Original publish date: Jul. 17th, 2010

   Harvest Gold Gallery is so excited to bring you the work of Nathan Macomber, a new and up coming artist from the White Mountains of Conway, New Hampshire. Nathan Macomber first blew glass at Massachusetts College of Art in 1995. He was hooked from his first bubble. In 1999 he received his B.A. in glass from Prescott College in Prescott, Arizona. He has also studied at the Corning Musuem of Glass in New York, the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina and the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine. 
        Nathan has also served as an instructor for the Corning Museum of Glass, the Snow Farm craft school in Massachusetts and he teaches private classes at his studio in Conway, New Hampshire. 
         Nathan spent the first seven years of his career in glass working in Prescott, Arizona where he developed his style and body of work. In the spring of 2002, he moved to his family's old farm in the White Mountains of Conway New Hampshire where he used to come as a young boy to see his grandma and other relatives. There, he has set up his own private studio where he can be found almost every day blowing glass, teaching, or maintaining the hundred year old farm, which has been in his family since 1949. In 2003 he juried into the League of New Hampshire Craftsman with his blown glasswork and in 2005 he juried in his metal work, which he often combines with his glass. Nathan has been serving on the League’s glass jury since 2006. 
       Harvest Gold Gallery features a large collection of Macomber’s work including colorful glass paperweights, glass tumblers, large glass bowls, glass window sun catchers, indoor sculptures that combine large glass discs with artful metal bases, and outdoor sculptures towering five and a half feet tall which resemble his smaller indoor sculpture designs. In addition the gallery also exhibits two of Macomber’s famous metal spiders whose bodies are made of hand blown glass and stretch twenty-eight inches in diameter. These sculptures are a perfect adornment to any home and are sure to catch the attention of any guest. All of Macomber’s work is exquisitely handcrafted embodying bold colors and beautiful details. 

Nathan uses hand blown glass and iron for his sculptures.
NEW in Our Shop! 2mm Wedding Bands!

Original publish date: Jul. 15th, 2010

Our 1mm wedding bands have been very popular on our etsy shop and now we are so excited to bring our customers our 2mm bands! Just like the rest of our wedding bands, the 2mm band is available in yellow, white, rose and green gold. You can also choose your texture! As seen above- beaded, smooth, vertical hammered.

They look lovely and delicate. Seen here in yellow gold with a hammered texture. 

Pair the 2mm bands with our larger and smaller rings for a unique stacking set!
All rings are available through our Etsy Shop!
New Work by Guy Tringali is Now Showing at Harvest Gold!

Original publish date: Jul. 5th, 2010


We are so pleased to exhibit the artwork of Guy Tringali, at our Gallery this summer! Please join us next Friday July 9th from 3-6 for our grand summer art opening.

Guy Tringali, a full-time resident of Wellfleet in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and his new oil painting collection features a beautiful array of North Eastern landscape scenes and views of Kezar Lake in Lovell, Maine. His work combines a realistic style with an impressionistic style often giving an atmospheric glow and beauty to his overall pieces. Much of his inspiration comes straight from his roots, and being the son of a Gloucester fisherman has truly impacted much of his painting.

Tringali graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art and further studied painting at the Museum School in Boston, Massachusetts. Guy also studied advertising art at the Butera School of Art in Boston. His career as an art and creative director in advertising spanned more than 35 years and throughout his career he was the recipient of many industry awards.


Harvest Gold Gallery is pleased and excited to hold Tringali’s exquisite fine art paintings and welcomes all to view his work currently on display. The gallery is open daily and can be reached at (207)-925-6502. They are also available online at www.harvestgoldgallery.com and www.harvestgoldgallery.blogspot.com

Maine College of Art's Alumna, Lisa Ferriera, is Showing her Lamps at Harvest Gold!

Original publish date: Jun. 22nd, 2010



 Color: Red Texture: Lilacs Wood: Spoulted Maple, Birch

Artist Lisa Ferriera, a Maine native, is among Harvest Gold Gallery’s new artists of 2010 and is definitely worth coming to see. Lisa spent her childhood on the coast of Maine where much of her inspiration for her work comes from. She received her Bachelors of Fine Arts from the Maine College of Art in Portland, ME and for over eight years she has been expanding her skills in creating handmade paper lampshades and wooden lamp stems. By combing several different mediums such as copper, wood, enamel, and papermaking Lisa is able to create magnificent lamps that she titles “free-form sculptural illuminations.”  She notes on her use of multiple mediums and several different processes commenting, “I thrive on combining all of these elements into my daily life. My process revolves around creating and developing the elements of my pieces, then building the forms with my handmade materials. I have always loved working closely with nature and with my hands.”

The handcrafted lampshades are designed from a completely organic and handmade paper that is made from natural elements including wildflowers, milkweed, grasses, leaves, seeds, berries, pine needles and natural dies. All of these materials are used to add both texture and color to create her original work. This handmade paper is then added to her unique copper wire formation to complete the lampshade. Finally the shade is added to Ferriera’s natural stem made from a branch that she has sanded down and stained, though making sure to retain all the branches original bends and knots. These lamp bases are made of cherry, maple, birch, willow, exotic and found wood.


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Color: Yellow Tint Texture: Milk Weed Wood: Pine, Maple, Stripe Maple, Beech

Ferriera states, “I truly believe that the creative process is an evolutionary one.  I am always discovering new methods, learning new techniques, and translating them through my emotion and vision.  I hope that I have shared this with you in my artistry.  I wish for others to recognize the value of the creative process and have the chance to indulge themselves in the natural elements of my work.”

Harvest Gold Gallery is proud to showcase Lisa Ferriera’s beautifully crafted and truly unique lamps that create an exclusive environment full of color. Her lamps are great for accent and mood lighting and their earthy yet whimsical style are absolutely charming. Ferriera’s work and other fine art may be viewed daily at Harvest Gold Gallery in Center Lovell, ME.    


Color: Yellow Tint Texture: Wild Flowers Wood: White Birch, Spoutled Maple

Rug Hooking Artist Uses Recycled Materials at Harvest Gold
Original publish date: Jun. 17th, 2010
"Ode to Albers" By Constance Old 
Traditional Rug Hooking 
Caution Tape-yellow & black, New York Times delivery bag-blue, Wall Street Journal-orange
Framed 45.5"x 32.5"

Tissue paper, sales receipts, plastic ribbon, caution tape, newspaper delivery bags, and other recycled materials combine to make up the artistic palette used by Constance Old. Constance began her art career twelve years ago by making collages using old magazine paper scraps until she became exclusively engaged with recycled plastic and paper. The underlying theme of recycling that flows through her work grew from her childhood. As a child in the 70’s Constance was able to take part in the first Earth Day, a day that impacted all of her work to come. Being able to reuse materials was the answer for Constance in her struggle to both physically and mentally overcome the materialist society growing around her.

This Connecticut-based artist received her degree in graphic design from Yale University, and her artwork significantly reflects this background. Her work is compositionally arranged with attention to color, medium, shape, and size to form an aesthetic contemporary style of art. A true master of mixed media art, Constance Old, continues to amaze viewers with her use of unconventional materials as she transforms them in to beautiful fine art rugs.

She describes her work stating, “I use the traditional women’s craft of rug hooking to make pieces out of three dimensional ‘found color,’ using in particular obvious symbols of our consumer economy like sales receipts and assorted recycled plastic…I hook any consumer detritus that can be rendered into a fiber…. Living in a time of material excess, it intrigues me to work in a medium that originated from need and a scarcity of materials. I see my work as both timeless and an index of our time. It is inspired by, uses, and elevates the everyday.”

As a contemporary female artist, Old has elevated the traditional “women’s work” of rughooking to the world of high art. Her rugs are non-functional artworks mounted in plexi boxes to be hung on the wall. The combination of a traditional craft technique with contemporary and recycled materials set her work aside from the other fine art collection on exhibit at Harvest Gold Gallery and is definitely worth seeing in person. Because the identity of her materials is not obvious, as they are transformed through her process of rughooking, it often takes a second and much closer look at her work to truly discover the hidden message each piece entails.

This work among a variety of different paintings, sculptures, glass art, and fine gold jewelry from the Harvest Gold collection can be viewed at Harvest Gold Gallery in Center Lovell, Maine. The gallery is open daily. Visit our website at (www.harvestgoldgallery.com) for upcoming events and artist news.


"Exit 42 Sampler, Pamela" styrofoam thread off truck on Merritt Parkway, gift wrapping, & string

Harvest Gold Gallery: Offering a Wedding Venue in Maine!
Original publish date: June 8rd, 2010
We had a couple, a customer,  approach us to host  their small intimate wedding in our lovely yard over Memorial Day weekend!  They loved the view of Kezar Lake and the White Mountains and wanted their wedding bands to reflect their special Day! So they ordered a custom matching set of our Mountain Range ring.  This Wedding venue idea began to blossom last summer as a fun way to market our jewelry and gallery to the wedding community.  We are so inspired by our setting and surrounding landscape we have always felt this would be a beautiful place to be married! And now after hosting our first wedding we are exploring our wedding venue potential. See our Flickr Album for more pictures of this special day. (and click on the individual pictures in this blog to view them larger)

The bride had bouquets of local spring flowers made for the ceremony, and they looked just lovely in the Maine Landscape.

The happy couple!

Their matching mountain range rings.

The Daughter of the Groom poses against our lovely view! Sure to be a picture they will cherish for many years to come. To learn more about having your wedding at our Gallery please contact us through facebook, twitter, or our etsy shops!