I N T H E S T U D I O
The design and construction of all MELRIE Jewelry products is done by hand in my small studio in Los Angeles. We focus exclusively on handmade objects. I love the tactile quality, the performance, the way they evoke emotions and memory. I design for women of all ages, people who like everyday low-maintenance jewelry and wear it day after day. Dynamic and thoughtful jewelry bridges the gap between the sophisticated and the everyday that’s ideal for a modern woman with an artistic eye.
It begins with an idea, and then put on paper. Sometimes I get so excited that I skip the drafting and just go with the flow. A lot of experimentation and trial and error in between, but in the end a satisfying well designed piece. Figuring out how to construct each piece, problem solving and perfecting the design is all part of the process.
In many cases our jewelry begins with metal wire, which is manipulated by hand into infinite shapes and forms. Every element takes a combination of shaping, hammering, trimming, polishing, wire wrapping and so on. Most of our designs are hammered to add all the little details which not only add beautiful texture, it also magically hardens the metal to prevent bending and breaking. If there are any sharp edges or unwanted imperfections, we spend time sanding them away and polishing to give it a clean sparkly shine or matte look depending on the design. We hand make almost everything you see in our jewelry. Take a look at our Instagram for videos!
Once every piece is in place, we take a few final steps to ensure every piece is durable, no wire untucked, and all well polished. Finally, we give it a final quality check before packing it up and sending it your way!
As always, if there are any issues with the quality of your pieces, please let us know and we will organize to fix it for you.