Holiday Shopping is Here! 5 of Our Most Giveable Artists

With Thanksgiving almost behind us, holiday giving season is in full swing! Whether you like to shop early on Black Friday, shop local on Small Business Saturday, or shop online on Cyber Monday, our unique collection of American Handmade Craft makes for truly inspired gifting. Here’s a quick and easy guide to some of our most giveable artists this year! AND be sure you’re signed up for our mailing list to get a special discount offer good through 12/1. Click here to subscribe. 

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Aimee G Designs Trunk Show – October 24 – 26

The Event:
Aimee G. Fall/Winter Trunk Show
October 24 – 26, 2014
320 Harvard Ave. Brookline, MA

Indulge in unique pieces from NYC based designer Aimee G! Fire Opal Brookline is excited to announce an exclusive fall trunk show featuring work from her fall/winter 2014 line and one-of- a -kind pieces from her collection.

Aimee G. took inspiration for her 2014 fall line from the great surrealist painters Duchamp, Matta, Miro, Magritte, and Masson. Surprising, textural, and expressive, the collection is full of strong lines, bold patterns and colors, and beautifully crafted shapes. Drawing from the concepts of cubism, juxtaposition, and wit, this fall line offers beautiful statement pieces as well as gorgeous clothes for everyday wear.

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Wear it Everyday – Jewelry by Elise Moran and Porto

Our featured artist this month is none other than Elise Moran of EAM Jewelry. She’ll be in the Jamaica Plain gallery on Thursday June 5 from 4pm – 8pm with the newest pieces from her gorgeous collection of botanically inspired jewels. We love her feminine and delicate jewelry is for bridal accouterments, gifts for a wedding party, graduation gifts, or for any occasion that calls for something to be treasured.

But her collection’s classic flair and true elegance makes it wearable every day, not just on special days! Take a look at some of her beautiful necklaces paired with fan favorite clothing line Porto for examples on how to wear simple, glittery jewelry with clean and simple wardrobe staples.

To celebrate the beautiful marriage of EAM and Porto we’re offering 10% Porto clothing all day on June 5! Bring this blog post with you to the store or use the discount code 10PORTO online to receive 10% Off Porto clothing ONE DAY ONLY!


Porto Amazon Vest in Silver paired with Elise Moran necklace


Porto Amazon Vest in Sand with EAM Necklace


Porto Muse Dress in Orchid with EAM Necklace

For more information on Elise and her work click here!

Heather Guidero – Textural Modern Jewelry

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We’re excited to announce that Providence based jewelry designer, Heather Guidero, will be our first featured artist for our First Thursday Jamaica Plain events this year! We love the detailed simplicity of Heather’s pieces. Her use of texture in all of her jewelry makes each piece unique and always gives you something new to discover about her pieces. We’re glad she was able to take some time to answer some questions about her process and her inspirations.

Meet her and see her stunning jewelry at Fire Opal Jamaica Plain on Thursday April 3!

How has your jewelry changed since you graduated from RISD in 2002?

I view the pieces that I produced at RISD as a starting point. There are ideas that I’m still visiting years later, but with a more nuanced eye and hand.   During my time there I received excellent training in jewelry making, metalsmithing, and design, but it took several years to translate those concepts into wearable pieces that felt truly “me”.  Working as a goldsmith for several years after my time at RISD helped me to significantly hone my techniques and become comfortable working with clients.

What has been your biggest inspiration as a jewelry maker?

I find a lot of inspiration in modernist design, and also in my clients!  I enjoy working with patterns influenced by ceramic and textile designs of the 1940s through the 1960’s. I enjoy the challenge of translating my drawings into pieces that move while on the body and are also comfortable.  My clients are a diverse group of women and men who tend to wear their pieces frequently, and give wonderful feedback on what they like or are looking for when commissioning specific pieces.

What does an average day in the studio look like for you?

First things first: coffee!  I try to get most of the emails answered and pieces that are shipping that day packaged up right away.  When my assistant arrives, we review the pieces that need to be made that week as well as any materials that need to be ordered, then sit down at our benches.  I usually have a few custom wedding/engagement ring projects to work on in addition to making work for stores and galleries.  There’s frequently a quick afternoon trip to my caster to review new a new sample or two followed by more coffee at the bench or teaching preparation before either heading out to yoga or to one of the jewelry classes I teach.

What are three words you would use to describe your aesthetic?

Geometric, textural, dimensional.

Is there a piece of jewelry you wear everyday?

I wear an 18k white gold filigree ring from the early 1900s every day.  It was a special gift from my partner Ryan, and I never take it off.

How does the arts community in Providence influence your work?

I’ve been fortunate to meet some really wonderful artists and designers that have chosen to make Providence (and the surrounding area) their home.  It’s a tight knit and supportive community always ready to help out, whether you need technical advice on a project, assistance getting your booth display to a show, or connecting someone with a gallery opportunity.

I’m always learning from my students as well, through teaching at local colleges and art centers.  They inspire me to keep working away even if I’m at a creative crossroads with an idea.

Feel the Love – Gifts for Friends

Friends go above and beyond for each other. Support, laughter, and love make the best friends indispensable  – so shouldn’t we celebrate our love for them too on February 14? Here are some beautiful things to say, “Thanks for being such a great friend.” this Valentine’s Day.

Spice Spoons from Beehive Kitchenware

Spice Spoons from Beehive Kitchenware

Recycled glass vase by Nando Soderberg

Recycled glass vase by Nando Soderberg

Grey Loop Scarf by Olena Zylak

Grey Loop Scarf by Olena Zylak

Sweet Things for Him


We know you deserve the best for Valentine’s day – but so does the special guy in your life. Here are a few ideas for gifts that will surely surprise and delight him.

Travel Bag/ Shaving Kit by Alchemy Goods in Jamaica Plain

Travel Bag/ Shaving Kit by Alchemy Goods in Jamaica Plain

Constructivist Watchch

Constructivist Watch in Brookline & Online

Fish #4 Wall Hanging by Paul Sumner

Fish #4 Wall Hanging by Paul Sumner in Jamaica Plain & Online

Bifold Wallet by Alchemy Goods in Jamaica Plain

Bifold Wallet by Alchemy Goods in Jamaica Plain 







Lovelier than something lacy

For the Valentine who loves delicate, intimate gifts, take a look at these elegant pieces. The unique shine of gold and the gorgeous simplicity of the shapes and lines make these pieces perfect for everyday wear. To give her something that will keep you close to her all the time, you can’t go wrong with these. Available in-store and online, click an image for more information.

Horizontal Fringe Necklace by Carla Carusso

Horizontal Fringe Necklace by Carla Carusso

Shadows Ring by Sarah Graham

Shadows Ring by Sarah Graham

Single Fold Earrings by Sarah Loertscher

Single Fold Earrings by Sarah Loertscher