Handmade sterling jewelry. A little different, yes... but do you want to look like everyone else?
About Melinda Downey Jewelry
Our Service PledgeI will respond to orders within 24 hours, and guarantee that all jewelry is handmade by me. In addition, all jewelry purchases will arrive in a gift box...even if it is something you purchased as a gift to yourself!
About UsWhy I make jewelry...
I have made many more pieces of jewelry in my head and in my sketchbooks than have ever come out of my hands. Always having a sketchbook or notebook with me lets me create anywhere, even if a piece never gets made. Play is also important -- I try to set aside one day a week to play with the metal and stones to see what they want to do, and I am always surprised how much easier a piece comes together when I’m open to chance. I am generally inspired by movement, flow, and texture - which often leads me to connected circles, loops and spirals. I have been working with Argentium sterling - in addition to regular sterling silver - over the last year or so. I don't always use Argentium, but it fuses so well, allowing me to do the spirals and links that I so enjoy making.
I like to combine my handmade components to achieve a look that could be both ancient and modern, and I often abandon symmetry for a balanced randomness. I also enjoy using "unusual" gemstones like ocean jasper and labradorite to bring color into my jewelry.
Most of my jewelry is one of a kind, since I often sit down at the bench with no idea what I'm going to make. I do make a few of my favorites in multiples, even if it is sometimes difficult for me to not get a new idea in the middle of a piece, and that might change the original work that I set out to duplicate. Oh, well.. why not celebrate serendipity?
I don't usually do "sets", but if you would like earrings to go with a necklace, please let me know by email. And if you would like something that has already gone to live with someone else...well, I can probably make something almost like it for you! (But remember, there is that serendipity thing...)
I always try to create something unique, and hopefully, beautiful, then let it out into the world, and wait for its owner to find it.
I enjoy making jewelry like I enjoy breathing.
(All original designs © 2013 Melinda Downey Jewelry)
What customers have said...
I received my very beautiful necklace earlier this week. I absolutely love it and the earrings that match! Thank you for your wonderful work and I'll definitely be a repeat customer. --- Lisbeth, TX
The necklace arrived today … and I love love love it! It’s unique and feminine and exactly what I was looking for. Thank you, too, for the surprise earrings. They are so pretty. I will be back! -- Claire, NH
I love the necklace, and I love, love, love my earrings! Both are gorgeous! -- Robin, NYC.
Beautiful stuff---my girls will love them. I'm delighted!!!!!! And even the boxes are beautiful. This makes my holiday shopping so much easier, thanks. -- Phil, Manchester, CT.
I LOVE the necklace; I got it yesterday. Should've called you instantly! --Rebecca, NY.
Thank you all...