“Most of my designs are inspired by the gemstones themselves- gems like opals, sapphires, and tourmalines begin a story that I get to complete.” – Melissa Spalten

Growing up in vibrant South Texas, Melissa Spalten, designer behind M. Spalten fine jewellery, found her passion for the arts at an early age. Sculptures, paintings and beaded jewellery were an everyday activity throughout her childhood. Inspired by her culturally diverse environment and her fashion background, Melissa fell in love with jewellery design.

Working with an array of precious and semi-precious gemstones, she uses silver, 18k and 14k gold to create pieces that are elegant and wearable. In addition to her attraction to bold colour, other sources of inspiration include the patterns and shapes of both natural and man-made objects, jewellery and art of past eras, and the beauty of the individual gemstones she carefully selects by hand.