Melissa was born in Madison, WI in 1966 and began studying jewelry design and metalsmithing in high school. As a college junior she was recruited by a custom fine jewelry store and soon became one of their most accomplished designers and goldsmiths. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1989 from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. In 1998, Melissa moved to North Carolina to start her own company and focus on her goal of designing and creating truly beautiful and one of a kind pieces.
First residing in Asheville, NC, Melissa moved to the Chapel Hill/Hillsborough area in 2000. When not traveling to fine art events around the country, she would open her working studio to the public. The demand for her designing skills necessitated the need to open a retail space. A goal realized much quicker than she thought. Nearing 20 years in downtown Hillsborough, Melissa Designer Jewelry is an important destination not to be missed.
Melissa has been a professional jewelry designer and goldsmith for over 30
years. Her work has been exhibited throughout the country in galleries, juried fine art exhibitions and invitational events. She has been featured in numerous publications and her work has won a variety of awards. Melissa is a proud juried member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, Carolina Designer Craftsmen and the Piedmont Craftsmen Guild. Melissa Designer Jewelry has been a part of historic downtown Hillsborough for over 15 years. Our goal has always been to provide exceptional jewelry, honest sales and unparalleled customer service.