Aaron James, Designs By Aaron owner and bench jeweler

Aaron James, Designs By Aaron owner and bench jeweler

Aaron has been working in the jewelry industry since 1997. He opened his own shop in Machias, Maine, in 2003. He had his store there until he met and fell in love with is wife, Arikka. After they married he moved his store from Machias to Bangor in 2016. Aaron and Arikka have two children. Aaron is a former University of Maine Wrestling coach and an avid outdoorsman. He also writes for a Maine based outdoor magazine called Boot Life.
 

Meet the Makers

Meet the Makers

Frances Alsbrook, GIA Applied Jewelry Professional

Frances and her family are originally from Arkansas but moved to Maine in 2013. She was a substitute teacher in her daughters' schools for 3 years when she saw that Aaron was hiring. Frances has been working with Aaron since May 2018. In that time she has taken three GIA (Gemological Institute of America) classes and is now an Applied Jewelry Professional. In her spare time, Frances loves to read, spend time with her husband, kids and dog, and relax at camp.