It snowed all night. Listening to the radio, waiting for your town. Breakfast and out the door. A free day. Sound of chains and spinning tires. Snowplows piling high. Sledding on snow-packed streets. Toboggans on the hills. Forts with tunnels. Snowballs. Snowmen. Icicles dripping in the afternoon sun. Pink cheeks, red nose, wet mittens, damp hair, hand-knitted wool hats drying on the radiator. The smell. The warmth of the kitchen. It was a good day.
Six real snowflakes are copied here. One for each New England state and its snow city. Sterling silver snowflakes and bracelet. An important note about the snowflakes on our bracelets, earrings, and small pendant- they are all double sided just like real snowflakes. This is important because our snowflakes are seen from both sides.
The Maine Snowflake
We studied real snowflakes…hundreds of them. We pored over photographs and chose 6 beautiful snowflakes- one to represent each of the New England states. Since Maine has the most snowfall, is bigger than the 5 other states put together, and of course is home to Cross Jewelers…we got first choice for the most loved snowflake. We sent an email to our customers and asked them to vote for the snowflake that would best represent our glorious state. The response was overwhelming for the one we now call Maine. Great choice guys!
You might also find interesting the square mileage statistics for the New England states:
Subtotal:…………….33,120 square miles
Maine…………….…. 35,387 (we win!)
Total Square Miles of All New England…68,513
Snow Flake Challenge
I’ve been near-sighted since I was a child. Being very near-sighted is perfect for a jeweler because I can see up close detail as though I were looking through a 3X magnification lens. I’ve always had a wonder for snowflakes. I remember as a kid in those dreamy moments watching the snow fall, catching flakes on a dark mitten or sleeve and studying it up close in total wonder. Always looking for another snowflake to match one in the group. It never happened.
As adults we don’t spend enough time in wonder and if we do spend time thinking and wondering it’s about the wrong things like politics, taxes, or bills. Here’s our challenge. Catch a few snowflakes this winter and if you’re not near-sighted or you’re over forty you may want to bring along a magnifying glass. Check out a few flakes. Give yourself a few minutes…let’s say five. Get really into it. Study and compare. I guarantee it will be the most memorable thing you do all week. Let us know what you find. Email your discoveries to firstname.lastname@example.org . –R.H.P
Recommended Snowflake Books
This series of 5 books by Ken Libbrecht are the best snow flake books ever written. The fabulous photographs in The Art of the Snowflake make it a great coffee table book.
If you’re giving one or several pieces of our snowflake jewelry I suggest as a companion you get the plump little book called Snowflakes. It’s a great picture book with poetry and great quotes on nature’s magic. We don’t sell the books, but check with your local book store or find them through links above on Amazon.com.
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