WATERVILLE 8/14/07- Day's Jewelers Goldsmith, Jeff Fanjoy, was recently awarded the prestigious award of being named the first and currently only Senior Bench Jeweler in Maine. Directly after receiving this certification Fanjoy designed a custom baseball themed necklace to commemorate and raise money for the opening of the Harold and Bibby Alfond Youth Recreation Center's “Fenway Park”.
At his start Fanjoy didn't plan to become the most highly certified jeweler in Maine, he was just looking to make some money. Fanjoy relives the past stating, “When I was looking for work in high school I bugged [Jerry Townsend of Dexter] once a week to hire me. After a couple months he finally did. I was thinking I could wait on customers or do maintenance after closing; Jerry had other ideas for me. He told me he wanted an apprentice and would like to teach me [how to be a goldsmith]. I agreed”. A humble start quickly became a burning passion for Fanjoy who, “always loved art and working with [his] hands”. He undertook a 5 year apprenticeship under Townsend and then went on to study and practice for 10 years to earn three levels of Jewelers of America Certification.
Since receiving his certification Fanjoy has been offered the rare opportunity to study under jeweler to the stars, and 28 time Spectrum (the Oscars of Jewelry Design) winner, Mark Schneider. This request by Schneider is an opportunity for Fanjoy to grow closer to his dream of winning his own Spectrum Award.
Fanjoy is the mostly highly certified goldsmith in Maine and one of only 3 Senior Bench Jewelers in New England. He will be working toward the highest level of certification availably, the Master Bench Jeweler soon. His commemorative piece is on display and raffle donations are still being accepted until August 31, 2007 at Day's Jewelers on Main St. in Waterville, ME.
For more information on Jeff Fanjoy or “Fenway in Maine” please contact Heidi Wurpel at 873-7036 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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