Why don't you have...?

Over the years, we've had our fair share of, "Why don't you have X, Y, Z designers?" The simple answer we give usually goes something like, "We just like to be different." While that's absolutely true, there's a little more to it.

The reason we still haven't jumped on the David Yurman, Rolex, Pandora, Alex + Ani bandwagons is because we're just not that type of store, to put it bluntly. Don't get me wrong, we love pretty much ALL jewelry and watches (that's why we work in this industry) but plenty of other stores already offer those lines. That's the kind of stores they are and that's what their customers want and that's awesome.

From the day we opened our doors almost thirteen years ago, we've wanted Maertens to be something different... a little treasure trove with jewelry that you just don't find anywhere else. You know that one shop you just have to go to when you're on vacation or need a pick me up? Well, that's what we're going for. We're creative... we're quirky... but most importantly, we're different. So that original short answer still works, but now you hopefully get a better idea of where it came from.

Introducing Penny James

Maertens Exclusives are now Penny James.

After years of happily creating jewelry to showcase in Maertens Fine Jewelry & Gifts, Heather Maertens is writing a new chapter in her jewelry career. The collection that, up until this point, has been known as our Maertens Exclusives has been re-branded as the Penny James Jewelry Co.. Heather's designs will be featured at fine jewelry boutiques throughout the country, however the entire collection can still be found at Maertens Fine Jewelry.

“This amazing journey would not have been possible without the support of our local community,” says Heather. “This venture has been years in the making and I cannot tell you how much I appreciate everyone who has encouraged me to grow my collection. I will be traveling to exciting places to personally select the perfect stores to carry the Penny James line and hope to use these new experiences as inspiration for future designs.”

Maertens’ signature pieces celebrating life by the Bay can now be found everywhere from Key West to the Outer Banks to Rehoboth Beach. Penny James may even be finding a new home at another designer boutique right here in Southern Maryland! For more information, including new retailers around the U.S., visit wearpenny.com or follow Penny James on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.