Welcome to Melanie Golden Metalsmith! My work has been seen featured on BuzzFeed. My collection of handmade jewelry is designed and created by me, Melanie Golden, in my home studio in Odessa, Texas.
Melanie Golden Metalsmith is a result of my never-ending creativity. I have what I like to call ‘busy-hands’, and I always need to be working on something, whether it is writing my latest novel, shooting some awesome photography, or making jewelry.
My interest in the jewelry and gemology fields was sparked in 2009 when I cleaned out my closet. This might sound like a strange occourance, but I feel like that moment really changed my life for the better. I ran across some old crafting supplies of seed beads and stretch cord and I excitedly set them aside to explore later. That evening I created my first piece of jewelry—a horribly crafted necklace! From that point on, I couldn’t get enough, and making jewelry quickly became my new favorite pastime.
Nearly every weekend I would explore the craft stores here in the oil-boom town of Odessa, Texas looking for new beads and components—I found myself drawn to the shimmering strands of gemstones. Eventually, stringing beads on cord became too simple and I experimented with new techniques—I even tried crocheting beads into necklaces, but that didn’t last long. I endlessly watched jewelry making tutorials online, read books and magazines, and experimented with new, sometimes disastrous techniques, and I found myself swooning over beautiful, delicate metalwork.
Soon, I began experimenting with base metals like brass and copper, and when I learned how to manipulate the metal, I expanded to sterling silver. I loved working with metal, it challenged me and enabled me to create more elaborate jewelry. However, metal alone was not quite enough for me and I soon taught myself how to set cabochons and small faceted gemstones in handmade settings.
Completely self-taught in jewelry design, I challenge myself daily by constantly learning and experimenting with new techniques. I found my passion in life, and I can’t imagine a world where I’m unable to create and learn. I have run my own small business since 2009 selling my handmade jewelry online. Because of the fact that I wanted to excel in selling my jewelry online, I attended The Art Institute of Pittsburgh Online Division for my Associate of Science degree in Photography.
My collection of handmade jewelry is for every emotion, everyday, everywhere. I only use the finest materials available, such as genuine high-quality gemstones and precious metals such as sterling silver and gold. My jewelry is created with wearability in mind, so you'll never come across anything that is a one-time-piece, as I design all jewelry for everyday wear.
My Constellation Ring was featured on BuzzFeed at #2!
"29 Celestial Accessories You’ll Be Over The Moon For"http://www.buzzfeed.com/katherinefiorillo/stellar-accessories-that-any-outer-space-lover-will-want
Two of my Cartilage Earrings were featured on BuzzFeed at #1 AND #3!
"17 Tiny And Comfortable Earrings For Your Upper Ear"https://www.buzzfeed.com/ailbhemalone/tiny-earrings-for-your-upper-ear