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Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Happy St. Patrick's Day from Harvest Gold! Here's a little history on the very popular holiday...

St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland and his feast day is March 17th. St. Patrick is not actually Irish! He was born in Roman Britain and taken to Ireland as a slave when he was a teenager. He later escaped and left Ireland, but returned after becoming a cleric in order to convert the Irish to Christianity. 

It is said that St. Patrick drove all the snakes from Ireland, though scientists believe that there were never any snakes in Ireland after the Ice Age. It also said that St. Patrick taught the Holy Trinity by using the three leaves of a shamrock. The shamrock has since become the national symbol of Ireland.

In America, immigrants helped create St. Patrick's Day into the holiday we're familiar with today. Cities with high concentrations 19th and early 20th century Irish immigrants still have the biggest celebrations, such as New York and Boston.

It it now popular to wear green on St. Patrick's Day and we have plenty of that here at Harvest Gold:

 

To see the rest of our green gemstone jewelry, come on in or explore the website, here.

 

Artist Feature: David Smus

David Smus is one of the sculptors featured at Harvest Gold. He works in lost-wax bronze sculpture and creates limited editions as well as commissioned works.

"Lovesong"

Having grown up in areas of rural Maine, Smus's work reflects his passion for wildlife. He began as a taxidermist, which provided him with an extensive knowledge of animal anatomy.

"Piggy Back"

This knowledge would prove indispensable in his later career as an artist. Later, he earned a degree in wildlife management from the University of Maine but he ultimately turned to his true calling: art.

"Gentlest of Giants"

To see more of his work, stop in the gallery or explore the website! To learn more about David Smus's creative process, watch a statement from the artist himself, here.

Spring Gemstones

Happy March! After a long winter, spring is finally here, and with it is Aquamarine. Aquamarine is March's birthstone and comes in a blue or cyan variety of beryl. Beryl, a popular mineral, occurs in a diversity of colors and has several important gemstone varieties. 

Beryl can come in green, blue, yellow, red (the rarest), and white. Aquamarine is a light blue version of beryl and can be found right here in Maine! Here are some Maine aquamarines that Lynda has available for custom jewelry.

 

Not only is aquamarine a spring gemstone, but so is green tourmaline! Tourmaline is a Maine gemstone, which also comes in different colors. Green tourmaline specifically stimulates happiness and joy for life. We have plenty of green tourmaline jewelry here at the gallery. These gemstones look beautiful with the green spring colors to come.

Spring time is almost here! 

The Alpenglow Phenomenon

We are lucky enough to get to experience an amazing view at Harvest Gold. The mountains and lake never look quite the same as they did just moments before. If you follow our Instagram, you'll see that Lynda often posts photos of the sunrise and sunset. Every now and then, Lynda captures a shot of the mountains bathed in a vibrant, pink light.

This is known as the Alpenglow Phenomenon. Alpenglow (from the German Alpengluhen, meaning "mountain glow") refers to sunlight reflected off clouds just before sunrise and after sunset. 

Just up the street is a farm named Alpenglow Farm, overlooking the mountains. We have a painting by Thomas Merriam depicting the farm, with the mountains in the background. Just like us, they must often see this beautiful natural phenomenon.

Another work in the gallery that depicts alpenglow is "Snow Walk on Kezar Lake" by Rebecca Klementovich.

Follow us on Instagram to see our view in all of its varying states of beauty, all year round!

New Silver Bangles!

Sometimes one just isn't enough! As per request of a customer, Lynda made a new batch of hand-forged silver bangles. The gallery now has 7 beautiful new bracelets in all sizes!

Here is what our new Forged Silver Bangle looks like.

You can now find your perfect size!

Here is size Extra Small on Grace.

Come check out our new bracelets at the gallery in Center Lovell, or on the website here.

Artist Feature: Carol Novotne

One of the most beloved artists at Harvest Gold is Carol Novotne. Based in Helena, Montana, Novotne held her first show at the age of 16. She is a member of the International Guild of Impressionism.

"Portland Head Light" by Carol Novotne

Novotne gained a degree in Fine Arts and later studied ceramics, jewelry making and gold casting, and painting before receiving a Master's degree in anthropology. In 1983, she became the director of the Helena Art Center, a school of fine arts.

"Autumn Afternoon" by Carol Novotne

Novotne has said, "I love in a world of light and texture. I live in a world of movement, of prisms of color, and of spheres of light and shadow. I look to paint a single short moment in time and place."

"First Snow at Tuckerman's Ravine" by Carol Novotne

We are so lucky to have the work of this talented artist here in our Gallery. As always, pictures don't do the paintings justice and we hope you stop in to see Carol Novotne's work in person!

"Lillies and a Blue Sky" by Carol Novotne

 

 

 

Valentine's Day!

It's hard to believe but January is almost over, which means Valentine's Day is just around the corner! We've got you covered here at Harvest Gold. Jewelry is a classic gift, but we also have a line of heart-shaped jewelry that makes for the perfect Valentine's Day present.

The My Valentine sterling silver pendant says it all with a simple, hand cut out heart.

The My Valentine can be made in earrings and a bracelet in order to create a complete set.

If she prefers a ring, we also have the Queen of Hearts sterling silver ring. All rings come with a free sizing.

The Perfectly Puddled Hearts 14K Gold Drop Earrings are a beautiful set that have a wonderful shine in the light.

 

If a heart design isn't what you're looking for, don't forget all of our other jewelry. Bill and Lynda specialize in making custom pieces, if you're looking to gift a truly one-of-a kind-piece. To see more Harvest Gold jewelry, stop by or visit the website.

 

 

Scenes of Winter

Winter is finally here and we hope that you're enjoying the snow by getting outdoors! There's lots to see and do, from alpine and cross country skiing, to snow shoeing, skating, and hiking. Wildlife is still around despite the cold, so keep your eyes peeled!  We have several works of art in the gallery that depict both humans and wildlife getting out in the snow, though us humans have the benefit of being able to go indoors when it gets too cold!

"Winter Cardinal" by Thomas Merriam

"One Last Run" by Diane Scott

"Big Moose in the Snow" by Carol Novotne

"Shepard's Farm at Dusk" by Gwen Nagel

 

"Girl in a Red Dress" by Thomas Merriam

We hope everyone is making the most of the winter season! Stop in to see our entire collection of wintry scenes!

Maine Gemstones at Harvest Gold Part 2

Another Maine gemstone available at Harvest Gold is amethyst. Amethyst has been mined right here in Oxford County! We have a selection of earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and rings all featuring beautiful Maine amethyst.

The purple comes in varying shades, from a dark, deep purple like the amethyst in the King Iris necklace.

The Purple Ray earrings feature light, pale amethyst, demonstrating some of the variation that can be found.

Purple Ray: Maine Amethyst Earrings with 14k Yellow Gold Posts

The Imperial ring is set with a stunning square brilliant cut amethyst and also features four diamonds.

Owning a piece of our local amethyst is like having your own piece of Maine. We hope you stop in the gallery to see some of our beautiful amethyst jewelry! 

 

Maine Gemstones at Harvest Gold Part 1

Here at Harvest Gold we take pride in our beautiful local Maine gemstones. Maine is famous for tourmaline, as well as amethyst.

Tourmaline comes in a rainbow of colors, from black to yellow, to the more well known pinks and greens. The variation in tourmaline colors can be seen in the hand-strung Lady Slipper Necklace.

We have a variety of colors on display at Harvest Gold, and we are always happy to help you find the exact color you would like for a custom piece. We have several pieces of the stunning watermelon tourmaline, such as the Fresh Slice pendant, that features both pink and green.

Blue hues can be seen in the Kezar Lake white gold ring.

 

The Daisy ring is an example of yellow tourmaline.

Daisy: Maine Yellow Tourmaline 14k Solid Gold Ring

Explore our website to see more of our exquisite Maine tourmaline, or visit the gallery to see the gems in person!