Handmade sterling jewelry. A little different, yes... but do you want to look like everyone else?
About Melinda Downey Jewelry
Our Service Pledge To You:
I 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!
Why 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...