Hi my dearest blog readers,
I received a lovely package, created with so much love, which brought pure joy to me. Everything from the start looked amazing, even the smallest details. Of course the ring was even better than I imagined – the loveliest dainty jewel. Without a doubt is high quality ring and a piece of art.
Because I wanted all of you to know Melanie better I asked her a couple of questions, which I am sure you will find very interesting. She is a spectacular designer and I can’t wait to have more jewelry pieces from her.
When did you realize that you want to become a jewelry designer?
I started selling my jewelry all the way back in 2006, and almost immediately I started dreaming about becoming a jewelry designer full time. I’ve always wanted to be a business owner, and was lucky enough to make the leap into this business full time three years ago.
What do you love most about designing jewelry?
I love the small delicate scale that can be achieved with jewelry. Metal is formed in a very careful and slow way, so an artist can achieve the tiniest shapes and details that would be impossible in other art forms. The jewelry making process is shockingly dirty and gritty, and somehow at the end a sparkling beautiful piece emerges. The transformation of metal from raw and dirty into something lovely is rewarding and inspiring!
What matters to you most as a designer?
Quality is the most important thing. Simple as that! I consider the inside and underneath of a ring just as important as the outside, and I only work with the most beautiful natural gemstones I can find. There are so many subtle details in a piece of jewelry that must be cared for that make a huge impact on the final piece.
How long have you worked as a designer?
I have been working as a full time jewelry designer for three years. Prior to that, I worked in the Finance industry for years following the career path set out by my chosen major in college. It took me a while, but I realized over time that I’m not cut out for any job that requires me to get out of bed early in the morning!
What advice do you have for aspiring jewelry designers?
My advice is to learn everything there is about the business you want to be in. If you are aspiring to be a jewelry designer, you must also aspire to be a business owner in general. Things like photography, web development, and graphic design all of a sudden become a huge part of your life! I took many classes to master things like stone setting and wax work, and those are invaluable skills for any fine jewelry designer.