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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!

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!

All About Gemstones: Aquamarine

Like Heliodors and Emeralds, Aquamarine is part of the Beryl family of gemstones. Aquamarine is easily recognizable for its unique pale blue color. The name Aquamarine is derived from the Latin aqua marina, meaning sea water. Associated with truth and clarity, the aquamarine is a strong crystal for healing and for organizing the body and mind.

One of the most commonly found beryls, aquamarine can be found all over the world, with slight color variations from region to region. The color blue has often represented wisdom and enlightenment throughout human history from the modern Abrahamic religions to Ancient Egypt. The blueness of the stone, coupled with aquamarine's often unblemished clarity, has resulted in the idea that aquamarine represents and inspires truth and clarity, and as such often can make the wearer more in tune with their emotions and thoughts. This makes aquamarine a soothing and healing stone, which can help you keep a clear head even in stressful situations.

Aquamarine is believed to inspire truth and understanding in relationships as well. The ancient Romans would exchange gifts of aquamarine between lovers in order to maintain focus on trust and growth as a couple rather than on lust. Aquamarine will help you tune in to your partner's emotions, and so they won't even have to say a word for you to know how they are feeling. Aquamarine will also imbue you with tolerance and understanding so that you will not be easily offended, angered, or annoyed.

   
In non-romantic situations, aquamarine can be given as a token of protection from harmful thoughts or a disorderly and unhappy mind. Aquamarine is said to have a strong healing nature as well, and is thus good for mothers, children, and pregnant women to ward against complications like illness or injury.

Aquamarine is a truly lovely gemstone, and the color has always reminded me of seawaves breaking along a rocky shoreline, or the early morning sky. Stop by Harvest Gold to inquire about a piece made in local aquamarine!

50th Anniversary Fun!

Recently here at Harvest Gold, we've had many couples -- including dear friends of ours Hal and Carol Severance-Taylor -- celebrating their 50th wedding anniversaries! How lucky for us to have so many wonderful couples surrounding us, customers and friends. Did you know that the traditional 50th anniversary gift is gold? If someone you know is celebrating 50 years of love stop by Harvest Gold and find the perfect gold jewelry for your loved ones.

 

The ever-perfect Tree of Life design represents the long years of dedication to each other, and the accumulated growth of wisdom and love that has been created out of such a relationship. One of our oldest designs, this cutout pattern is near and dear to our hearts, and we hope soon yours as well!

   
Sterling Silver Tree of Life Earrings,   14k Yellow Gold Tree of Life Ring
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Another favorite here at the gallery is the White Mountain Interlace Cuff. This bracelet is made of two pieces of interwoven gold, and represents two lives that have been intertwined together in happiness and love. The design was inspired by the interplay between mountains reaching up to the sky and the clouds stretching down to blanket the peaks, this bracelet can be made in any color of gold you would like, and in sterling silver. 

14k Yellow Gold White Mountain Cuffs, shown in both the wide and narrow widths
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A second gorgeous bracelet option is the pair of our Together Forever cuffs. These beautiful wire cuffs look stunning when worn individually, but when paired together they wrap around each other to form an infinity symbol! These dainty bracelets are reminiscent of the streams of life, and the constant flow of time. No matter what though, as the days go by, you know you will always have each other! 
 
The two cuffs entangled, creating a loop of infinite love! 
  
We hope that your years to come are filled with love and joy. Love from Lovell!

 

Plein Air Session #3: Varvara Harmon

Varvara Harmon, a Windham local originally hailing from Russia, is an internationally guilded painter who is now showing new work at Harvest Gold Gallery. An accomplished artist who works in watercolor, acrylic, and oils, Harmon’s art is a favorite of many who stop by Harvest Gold. After a long struggle with immigration and hard work to reach the US, Harmon is now a well respected member of the Maine art scene.

Born and raised in Volzshk, Russia, Harmon began painting in her early childhood, and was later a student at the Volzshk School of Art. After her first years of college, Harmon’s career goals turned briefly from the arts towards earth sciences. She continued on to the Moscow Geological Exploration Academy, where she earned a degree in Geological Studies.After graduation, Harmon worked as a geologist: work that brought her to some of Russia’s most spectacular wildernesses. It was during this time that Harmon returned to painting landscapes.

Harmon immigrated to the United States in 2001, where she moved to Windham, Maine. For Harmon the immigration process was long and difficult, and she worked tirelessly to make her dream of living in New England a reality. Attracted to the beautiful scenery and the way of life here in Maine, Harmon has been a very active member of the both the Maine art scene and the outdoors hiking and conservation communities.

From her initial photo, as seen above

Transformed into a beautiful painting

New England, especially Maine, is a place whose lands, lakes, coasts, and people have inspired many of Harmon’s recent paintings. While the majority of her work is done in oil, Harmon also is skilled in acrylic, watercolor, and pencil. And although landscapes are her favorite subject, Harmon also does portraits, commissioned works, geological illustrations, and perspective views of architectural designs. Harmon is an internationally praised and awarded artist, and is a member of the International Guild of Realism.

Come see Varvara work her magic and paint Plein Air, this Saturday July 28th from 10am-5pm at Harvest Gold Gallery!

Harvest Gold is on a Roll!

The summer 2018 season has been going so well for Harvest Gold, that we here in the shop just wanted to write up a quick thank you to everyone who has been coming out to our shows and events and making them such fun events!

We had a fantastic turnout for the first Plein Air Painting Session of the summer! Although the clouds were gray and the wind held a wet chill, we had three artists stop by to paint. Kristen Dill, a Bridgtonite who works in bright colors and loose forms; Mary out of Fryeburg who works in watercolor and acrylics; and Renee, a Lovellite up for the summer! We love that several local artists stopped by to paint with us, and we encourage you to come out and paint too! We shall be hosting these plein air sessions every Saturday through August.

Then Harvest Gold Gallery’s 17th Annual Artist Reception and Open House went off without a hitch! The evening was a joyful affair with many artists and fans alike popping by to check out the summer collection. Artists that stopped by include Bill Housley, Ellen Nelson, Sandra Bell, Robin Taylor-Chiarello, Kimberly Crichton, Sandy Crowell, Ayn Male, among others!

We want to thank Severance Lodge Club for preparing for us several delicious hors-d’oeuvres, which were a big hit all night long! We also wanted to thank our staff who ran the behind-the-scenes all evening: these events could not go on without their faithful and hardworking support.

The second summer Plein Air Paint Painting Session happened on Saturday, July 21st, and we are thrilled that both Sandra Bell and Diane Scott stopped by to paint the day away! Warm and sunny, the conditions were perfect for the artists to capture golden honey tones in their artwork.

That same day was Art in the Park in Bridgton, and thanks to the good weather, great art, and friendly folks that wandered through the park all day long the show was one of our most successful to date. 

The next Plein Air Painting Session is this coming Saturday, and will be featuring Varvara Harmon! Stop by to see her work!

Harvest Gold is just filled with joy this summer as we have several new fantastic employees, lots of gorgeous new pieces of art, and friendly customers stopping in every day. We hope this good energy continues on for the rest of the year and we hope to send positive energy in your direction as well. Lots of love and thank you for your continued support!

New Joseph Gray Stone Sculptures in the Garden!

We have recently started carrying Joesph Gray sculpture, he has brought in to beautiful rock pieces to the gallery. 

His specialties include large outdoor sculpture, abstract and realism, stone fountains, garden sculpture, interior artwork, memorials for loved-ones and beautiful hand-carved keystones. His work often reflects his love for the natural world including animals and wildlife, as well as his passion and connection to Native American art and sculpture. He is equally comfortable working with a client’s existing ideas or designs, or helping to create a custom, one-of-a-kind piece to be passed down to generations. His passion for sculpture is evident in his attention-to-detail and deep-rooted belief that sculpture can evolve into a form that often unexpectedly “tells its own story” when completed. His work has been featured and referenced in numerous interior design books and magazines, as well as other local and national publications.

You can find his new sculptures on our website here:

https://harvestgoldgallery.com/collections/graystone-masonry

or at our store location Harvest Gold Gallery!

 Check out our Youtube video interviewing Joe and getting the inside scoop on his new pieces.

 

 

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