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I design and create personal and custom fine jewelry in my chicago-area studio, with a focus on custom engagement rings.

One of my earliest memories is of stringing beads. My father, a self-taught artisan woodworker, later encouraged my interest over many summers of silversmithing classes at the Peninsula Art School in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.

In 2002 I graduated from the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design with a B.F.A. in Communication Design, with a focus on brand development and packaging. In 2003 I completed a graduate bench jeweler certificate from the New Approach School for Jewelers in Virginia. After that, I followed my dream to a little island called Maui. It was there I undertook an old-school European style goldsmith apprenticeship at Precision Goldsmiths. My first year of apprenticeship focused on craft, with study under…

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  • Female
  • Born on September 14
  • Joined August 6, 2009

Favorite materials

Natural materials, precious gemstones, sterling silver, fine silver, gold

About

I design and create personal and custom fine jewelry in my chicago-area studio, with a focus on custom engagement rings.

One of my earliest memories is of stringing beads. My father, a self-taught artisan woodworker, later encouraged my interest over many summers of silversmithing classes at the Peninsula Art School in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.

In 2002 I graduated from the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design with a B.F.A. in Communication Design, with a focus on brand development and packaging. In 2003 I completed a graduate bench jeweler certificate from the New Approach School for Jewelers in Virginia. After that, I followed my dream to a little island called Maui. It was there I undertook an old-school European style goldsmith apprenticeship at Precision Goldsmiths. My first year of apprenticeship focused on craft, with study under Brian Thomsen; the second year focused on custom design under Gary K. Mukai.

After a few years on a tiny island in the pacific, the call of my family, my city, and my dearest old friends could not be denied. Ever since I've moved back to Chicago, I've continued to have wonderful experiences growing as a designer and as a member of the many layers of community available that have come to surround me here.

My focus is on custom engagement rings and wedding jewelry. I make each piece of jewelry by hand in my Chicago-area studio. Each piece is one-of-a-kind, and every single item is made with quality and longevity in mind. Contact me today to find out more about my custom jewelry design service for engagement rings, wedding bands, bridal jewelry, and whatever else we can cook up together.

Follow me on Facebook for updates and in-progress photos from the studio:
www.facebook.com/melissahammingjewelry

My goal is to create jewelry that allows the wearer to express the inexpressible. Whatever you feel in the giving, receiving, or wearing of my pieces, I hope they serve you well.

If you like me here, please like me on Facebook too! =)
www.facebook.com/MelissaHammingJewelry

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