Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Getting to Know Our Designers :: Melissa Joy Manning

Melissa Joy Manning began her highly coveted and eponymous line in 1997
after seeing one of her designs on a t.v sitcom. 
Manning had studied traditional silversmithing in Mexico, design in Barcelona, art history in 
San Diego, and jewelry design and sculpture in San Francisco.
A bay area native, Manning took her extensive background in the arts and applied it to her true passion, creating beautiful, heirloom style pieces that combine the traditional with the modern.
Her aesthetic crosses many genres, and her inspirations from traveling, art, and different cultures shine through in her designs. They range from simple and delicate 14k gold and mixed metal chains to large statement pieces featuring raw cut crystals and stones.
Manning lets her materials speak for themselves, allowing the gems or metals to become the focal point in order to show their natural beauty. 

Melisa believes her pieces speak to the individual rather than the masses. Each piece is special and unique becoming "not an accessory, but an expression", as Manning says of her work. 
Mannings materials also come from social and environmentally sustainable vendors
and are handmade to order in her Berkeley based studio.
We love Mannings attention to natural beauty, as well as her range of style and choice. Each piece is truly unique, and we love how her pieces stand out when worn alone, and the bold statement they create when layered together.
Stop by McMullen to shop the Melissa Joy Manning collection and find the perfect Mother's Day gift, or a pretty treat for yourself.
See limited styles online at 
or call 
for more information on Melissa Joy Manning.

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