Local “rock” shops trading in minerals, gems, and jewelry are a small but colorful part the region’s economy. The legendary Perham’s in West Paris delighted locals and tourists for nearly a century before closing in 2009. The finest of the larger specimens from The Perham collection are showcased here. A diorama features a figure of Stan Perham in his shop, circa 1950, holding a notable amethyst crystal from Deer Hill in Stow. Interior and exterior photos of the shop, some of Perham’s jewelry and other artifacts are displayed within the store setting.
Frank C. Perham: Master Pegmatite Miner – Highlights from his extensive mineral collection are prominently featured in this gallery celebrating the life of Frank Perham, one of the most experienced and respected pegmatite miners working in western Maine.