Melt’m Handmade Jewelry: Minimalism with Meaning
Inspired by a childhood spent exploring Turkey’s natural wonders, college years in the ancient city of Istanbul, and a courageous leap into life in Southern California, Melt’m Jewelry beautifully weaves stories of the East and West.
Each piece is uniquely designed in-house and handcrafted with premium materials. Dreams, memories, and moments of mindfulness inspire meaningful designs. Wear a necklace that is inspired by the dizzying feeling of looking up at Istanbul’s maiden towers. Slide on a ring that defines the moment of awakening in a sultan’s room. Dress up with a bracelet that forges the shape and movement of shadowed trees alongside centuries-old architecture.
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The Story Behind Our Precious Gems
While attending law school in Istanbul, Meltem lived just minutes from the Grand Bazaar. Many evenings were spent exploring the bazaar, poring over precious gems and discovering the trade secrets of high-end materials in the shadow of great artists. Today, Meltem returns to the bazaar as a jewelry designer in her own right to inspect, source, and purchase precious gems and stones for Melt’m designs.
The beauty of amethyst, citrine, tourmaline, smoky quartz, topaz, aquamarine, pearl, moonstone, and enamel stones is elevated and perfected through thoughtful design.
Modern Art and Traditional Motifs
Melt’m artisan jewelry pieces are handcrafted with traditional goldsmith and silversmith techniques. Meltem learned these skills through private lessons with multi-generational masters of the art in Istanbul. Sterling silver and 14K gold are skillfully manipulated to transform paper sketch designs into realized art pieces.
Growing up on the Northern and Southern coasts of Anatolia, Meltem has a unique connection to traditional Turkish jewelry motifs. She brings these traditions to life with subtle design influences and rare craftsmanship methods. Lost wax and stone setting techniques are skillfully recreated in the Melt’m shop along with traditional saw-piercing, the process of cutting designs out of metal.
No other designer combines styles and traditions like Melt’m with artisan jewelry made by hand in California.
Stunning Designs and Positive Energy
It is believed that every piece of metal and precious stone records the good spirit and energy that it is handled with. From the initial dream sketches to final polishing, Meltem infuses her workspace and creative projects with positive energy and joy. Get lost in the beauty of the minimalistic, modern designs and feel the love that is put into each one.