Melissa Joy Manning
One-of-a-kind ethical Heirlooms
Melissa Joy Manning found her love of making jewellery at the age of four and has pursued her craft as a natural path for an “authentic life”. After majoring in art history at the University of California, San Diego and getting her BA in jewelry design and sculpture at San Francisco State University, Melissa studied traditional silversmithing at the Instituto de Allende in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and European design principles at the University of Barcelona before launching her jewellery collection in 1997 with less than $1,000.
"I am fascinated by the energy and history of objects," says Melissa. "When creating jewellery I often think about the life it will lead; where it will go, the hands that it will pass through. As a jewellery designer, this is incredibly inspirational. Unlike sculpture, I know that my jewellery designs will have a life outside of my hands. They will become heirlooms that, at some point in time, will resonate with stories much bigger and more interesting than my own."
Marrying an elegant, modern aesthetic with responsibly sourced stones and recycled materials Melissa and her team of artisans create one-of-a-kind pieces in a way that is friendly to both the earth and its inhabitants, combining a luxury, heirloom-quality with ethical, Green Certified practices. Melissa founded and co-chaired the CFDA Sustainability Committee, won the Lexus Eco Fashion Challenge and now sits on the advisory board of the CFDA + Lexus Fashion* Initiative.
"I am still concerned with beauty but I'm also interested in pushing people's perceptions of precious," says Melissa of her evolving ideals. "I'm also interested in creating a luxurious example of sustainability - one wherein people can experience impeccable, responsible design."
Today, the Melissa Joy Manning collection continues to push its creator's vision forward, with nature-inspired pieces that appeal to a sophisticated, thoughtful consumer who knows that in the modern world, style and sustainability go hand-in-hand.