By Melissa Coleman
Photographs by Kari Herer
01 Brown Goldsmiths
As a Freeport resident, this lovely husband-and-wife shop, established in 1971, is the first place I would go for a top-quality, Maine-made ring with style. The personalized service is incomparable, and anything in their Elementals Collection would do just fine, thanks.
11 Mechanic St. | Freeport | 207.865.4126 browngoldsmiths.com
02 Fretz Jewelry
What do you get when Etruscan granulation meets German precision? A unique platinum ring with handmade granules and Fretzs signature finger-fit form. Its a technique that has garnered this small Maine company national acclaim.
20 Elm St. | Bucksport | 207.469.2700 fretzdesign.com
03 Etienne Perret
A visit to Etienne Perrets home-based salon in Camden adds a unique twist to the ring-buying experienceone that is as relished by his customers as his Spiral Band, a comfort-fit ring embedded with a twisting line of up to seventy-nine small diamonds.
14 Sea St. | Camden | 207.236.9696 etienne.com
04 Springers Jewelers
Dating back to 1870, Springers is one of the countrys oldest fine jewelers. The classic store also features relative newcomers, including the two-tone yellow- and rose-gold custom rings by Maine-based Harvest Gold Gallery, a husband-and-wife jewelry business founded in 1985.
580 Congress St. | Portland
76 Front St. | Bath | 800.725.2181 springersjewelers.com
In any roundup of rings made in Maine, the Mokume Gane Essentials Collection by Andrew Nyce Designs is one of the most uniqueand its also one of Folias top sellers. These wood-grain metal-laminate rings are made from various mixtures of platinum, gold, and palladium.
50 Exchange St. | Portland | 207.761.4432 | foliajewelry.com
06 Foundry Lane
I tend to appreciate jewelry worn by friends more than I wear it myself, and I often find the pieces I admire most come from this boutique shop on Portlands waterfront. In addition to selling jewelry by a number of local artisans, owner Jenepher Burton also makes and sells her own creations.
221 Commercial St. | Portland | 207.773.2722 | foundrylane.com