Friday May 04, 2012 | 01:16 PM

Looking for a peaceful oasis in the middle of the Old Port - or perhaps some awesome statement jewelry? A new shop called Arcana has just opened at 81 Market St. in Portland, featuring unique jewelry made locally and elsewhere (Istanbul, anyone?). But Arcana is also a calming respite amid the bustle of Portland's downtown, offering massage, private yoga, tarot readings, intuitive readings and Ayurveda.

Owner Kate Hebold has a passion for the healing arts and said she hopes Arcana helps inspire its visitors - by awakening their own inner creator or by simply introducing them to some pretty earrings. Hebold's enthusiasm for the shop is contagious - and she's also wildly fun to talk to.

The front of the shop, with its gently trickling fountain and stone accents, has an array of jewelry cases filled with unique accessories Hebold has personally selected from artisans both near and far.

And the prices are excellent - this zodiac pocket watch is priced at $20.

These rings light up when the tops are twisted. It's possible they can also be used to hypnotize people.

In the back, a waiting room awaits. There will be a couch there eventually, Hebold noted.

The quiet rooms in the back are where visitors will go for an Ayurveda consultation, tarot card reading or hot stone massage. The services offered will vary by time and day and folks can book appointments at genbook.com. Walk ins are always welcome, too, should, say, one of our faithful Portland office workers find himself desperately in need of a massage in the middle of a stressful workday.

The official Arcana opening is this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., though the shop will be open during tonight's First Friday Art Walk.

For more information, check out arcanamaine.com or browse the shop at 81 Market St., Portland.

For a listing of services, prices and times, check out genbook.com

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