"I am fascinated by the energy and history of objects," says Melissa. "When creating jewelry I often think about the life it will lead; where it will go, the hands that it will pass through. As a jewelry designer, this is incredibly inspirational. Unlike sculpture, I know that my jewelry designs will have a life outside of my hands. They will become heirlooms that, at some point in time, will resonate with stories much bigger and more interesting than my own." Since its inception, the Melissa Joy Manning collection has been known for its beautifully designed, impeccably crafted, and socially—and environmentally—responsible ethos. Marrying an elegant, modern aesthetic with recycled materials and responsibly sourced stones that are transformed into organically urbane pieces by the designer and her team of artisans—and manufactured in a way that is friendly to both the earth and its inhabitants—Melissa Joy Manning is the rare brand that produces a luxury, heirloom-quality collection using ethical, Green Certified practices.