About Cathy

I hope you are enjoying looking at my work and even considering buying a piece for yourself or someone special. I have loved making jewelry as far back as I can remember. My mother was my first customer; I made special pieces for her out of shells or my aunts' costume jewelry. I would take apart the jewelry - I especially loved the sparkly rhinestones - and would glue them together in a new way to make my own creations. I also loved to draw and paint.

As I got older, I turned to making things for myself. I wanted something different; not just another piece like everyone else was wearing. I still like making one of a kind and limited edition pieces. I think it's fun to have something that is uniquely yours, something you won't see on every woman you pass.

Color and form are the inspiration for most of my work. The color of a beautiful or interesting stone can determine the design of a piece. I often buy the stone and then create the jewelry. I'm also interested in form and movement. I like to make jewelry that is comfortable to wear.

Jewelry was my hobby, not my work, for a long time. I have spent most of my adult life in the Information Technology field, first as a computer programmer and then as a manager. I also owned a high-tech recruitment firm for a while. But then the lure of jewelry-making came back. I started with metalsmithing classes at the Maine College of Art and then studied under such gifted artists as Pauline Warg, Kate Wolf, Jayne Redman, and Blaine Lewis. I still take classes - there's so much to learn and always something new to try out.

In 2010 I was juried into the Maine Crafts Guild. It's a privilege to be a part of a community of such gifted craftsmen. I'm a member of the Maine Crafts Association and the Maine Made Program. I'm also a member of the MJSA (Manufacturing Jeweler and Suppliers of America) and SNAG (The Society of North American Goldsmiths). I sell my jewelry at several crafts fairs during the year and also sell at several stores and galleries here in Maine. In 2012 I placed 2nd in the Turtle Love Company Engagement Ring Design contest. It was very thrilling to have my work win a contest judged by such notable names in the jewelry design world.

Testimonials from our Customers:

"It is wonderful to have someone custom-design jewelry that is just to my taste and at an affordable price. By working with Cathy I get exactly what I was looking for but couldn't find in stores!" - L.H., Charlottesville, VA

"I recently wanted to purchase a unique, special gift for a friend. When looking at Cathy's handcrafted pieces of jewelry, I knew I had found the perfect gift. And yes, my friend loved her earrings." - K.S., Saco, ME

"Thanks for shipping the order out the same day. My sister and niece loved their gifts. Every woman loves to wear a beautiful piece of jewelry that's different from what you can find at the local mall or jewelry store, and I think that my sister especially liked her unique pieces. Thanks, again, for the great service!" - K.M., Cary, NC

"Cathy found the perfect pearls and gems to accent the unusual color of fabric for my bridesmaids' dresses. Communication with Cathy was easy. We met in person, but were also able to work long-distance with ease through photos and email. Her hand-crafted, stunning earrings were the perfect accessories for my bridal party to wear with their dresses -- extra special since they were custom designed and totally unique." - J.M., bride, Pittsburgh, PA

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