Attending art school instills a bit of snobbery into a person. Kitsch was a no-no in addition to sappy sweet, and touristy themes. So when a customer stopped into my jewelry shop a number of years ago and asked me when I was going to design a lobster, I graciously declined but in my head I’m saying “over my dead body will I make a lobster!” But then a really cool thing happened. I had just finished a new pea pod that had a coiled tendril on top. It happened to be May which is Fiddlehead season in Maine. For those that don’t know, Fiddleheads are the unfurled frond of the Ostrich Fern and are a eatable delicacy. After the new design was completed it hit me that it was a blend of a Fiddlehead and a pea pod! My answer to the lobster dilemma! This wasn’t going to be just any lobster, it was a Peapod Lobster, better yet, a PODSTER! Even my art school snobbery could accept, even embrace this idea. I’m really glad that customer made the suggestion. The PODSTER has become one of our best selling designs.
The PODSTER pictured here is in sterling silver, also available in 14k. We make it in red carnelian as a cooked lobster, blue lapis for the rare blue lobster, white pearl for the live and of course we are happy to personalize it with a range of colored pearls or gemstone “peas”. Visit this page on website to see our full collection of PODSTERS : https://www.peapodjewelry.com/search/podster
Fish are a a big thing here in Maine, especially Alewives. These are an oily fish that are the bottom of the food chain for the Maine coastal eco system. They are food for heron, gulls, otter, larger fish and bait for lobstermen. We are dependent on them to maintain the health of this area. They’re anadromous meaning they live in saltwater and travel upstream to spawn in freshwater ponds. Unfortunately in the last century many fishways have been blocked as a result of dams, crumbling bridges, and poorly placed culverts. With the realization of these obstacles to the livelihood of alewives and other fish species, the clearing of the fishways has been active. At the Muscongus Brook next to my home, the passage was blocked for over 50 years decimating the alewife population. A concerned neighbor worked for over 10 years with the State of Maine and several non-profits to raise funds to rebuild a bridge that crosses the brook. Four years ago the project was completed and since then we waited patiently for the fish to return seeing a few more fish each year. This year in mid-May my husband and I went down to the brook and low and behold there were fish! Not just a few fish, but hundreds!
As the Chief Peamaker for Peapod Jewelry, I’m excited by this incredible comeback of the Alewives especially since it’s just outside my door. So, I had to make a fish design which I call the Pod Fish. This sterling design is available as a necklace and earrings with 2, 14k gold ‘peas’ in each. We can also personalize your Pod Fish other colored ‘peas’. Click on this link to see the designs on our website: https://www.peapodjewelry.com/search/fish
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