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The Joy of Jewellery

April 11, 2014
Melissa Joy Manning
Faddish is fine when shopping for clothes but when you’re investing a hefty sum in a piece of jewellery you expect it to be timeless and to carry no negative history (as can sometimes be the case with questionably-sourced diamonds). With this in mind, jewellery designer Melissa Joy Manning sources all her gems responsibly and turns out pieces that transcend any stylistic trends. Combine that with her unique eye for style, garnered over years of living in San Francisco and SoCal, studying silversmithery in Mexico’s San Miguel de Allende and design in Barcelona, and you have a brand with a die-hard fashionista following.

Now, almost 20 years since her first collection, MJM has unveiled her New York flagship: a beautiful 4,500 sq ft boutique in South SoHo that reflects her own green attitude. The 1880s industrial space-turned-loft is littered with upcycled relics like vintage doors made into custom cabinets that showcase her necklaces, earrings, rings, and bracelets, as well as pieces from other eco-conscious designers like Pamela Love, River Song, Blair Brown, Mark Davis, and Judy Geib. But what makes MJM’s work stand out is that it’s hand-wrought using traditional metalsmith techniques from 100% recycled gold and silver, with sustainable gems and stones like free form amber, ocean jasper, Kasumi natural pearls, and conflict-free diamonds. Smatter yourself in gems, guilt-free – joy!

12 Wooster Street
+1 212 219 2195
Tuesday - Saturday: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
melissajoymanning.com
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