Tuesday, September 11, 2012

MELISSA HARRIS

9K Yellow Gold I Love Paris Earrings
With its sunny climate, waterways and beaches the Gold Coast has become one of Australia’s best known tourist destinations.  Australia is also home to Melissa Harris.

Based in Sydney, Australia Harris has been crafting jewelry for twenty-three years and loves every minute.  

Her gorgeous 18-karat gold rings--her favorite item to create--are organic and intricately designed; fanciful and lyrical like something out of a storybook.

She then changes gear with pared down silhouettes in the form of heart jewelry including rings and pendants; sleek wishbone bangle bracelets; and lithe gemstone necklaces cultivated from briolette cut aquamarine beads that round out her timeless high-end jewelry collections.

“Jewelry design has been a lifelong passion,” she confides, “Although I took short, intensive jewelry making courses at the Barnsdall Art Center in L.A. I am largely self-taught.  Language, symbolism and typography were early sources of inspiration and it helped to develop my signature style.”

The beauty of nature also provides inspiration to the jeweler as seen in her 18-karat white gold Crista Ring that features a princess cut diamond; her twig textured Twiggy Rings in 9-karat yellow gold; and her delicate sterling silver and gold Dragonfly Bracelet.

18K White Gold and Diamonds Paisley Ring
“When I was a little girl I was convinced there were fairies at the bottom of my grandparents’ garden.  My Dragonfly Bracelet is in homage to that garden,” she says.

“For my custom jewelry I strive to be organic and bring an intuitive sense of what works for my clients.  I believe jewelry is an emotional bookmark for all the occasions, celebrations and moments in our lives.  A treasured piece of jewelry has relevance and meaning for a lifetime.”

Harris’ idiosyncratic and trendy designs have been featured in numerous magazine editorials including the L.A. Times Magazine, Vogue Australia, InStyle, and Harper’s Bazaar.

Her eponymous jewelry collection is also popular among celebs including Charlize Theron, Jodie Foster and Janet Jackson.  
9K Yellow Gold Tree of Life Pendant Necklace with Tiny
Pearls, Black Spinel and Rubies
Earlier this year R&B songstress Rihanna requested a set of Harris’ 18-karat gold stackable rings and Pendulum Earrings for her walk down the red carpet at the Sydney, Australia premiere of the film Battleship.
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