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Hello and thank you for stopping by! Please feel free to contact me with questions or ideas for custom orders! Due to a recent change in pricing for the materials and processes I use to create these pieces, I have had to increase my prices. Have a great day!


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I like to make things that mean something to someone.

I grew up knowing I was an artist.
It was something I was always sure of. Some say I’m lucky, that I already knew what I wanted to be when I grew up. I say, sure, but I was never given the choice.

Born in Buffalo, New York, I grew up in a suburb just south of the city. I had a normal childhood, with normal parents, and went to a normal school. There goes the myth of the tortured artist with the horrible childhood right out the window.

There are two directions my work pulls me in and I like to think I calmly co-exist in the middle somewhere. On one hand there is my love of custom design, of working with a client, of making someone’s dream into a reality. On the other hand there is my own dream that also wants a reality. Creating one of a kind jewelry for someone is so satisfying for me. There are rules to follow, specifics to adhere to, and deadlines to meet. This work is an exercise in technique and execution. And it’s fun. Creating one of a kind jewelry that is personal to me is also satisfying in that I get to break a few rules here and there. I have the best of both worlds.
I started at the Rochester Institute of Technology in the fall of 1992 as a graphic design major. I drifted through the year not really enjoying what I was doing. I made some friends. I had a good time. One of these friends, Liza Nechamkin (a best friend to this day), introduced me to the Metals Department located in the School for American Crafts. After 5 minutes, I knew I wanted in. The professor, Leonard Urso, became a mentor over the next 4 years while I was in school and continued through 2 years of grad school. I will be forever grateful for the time I spent learning the trade from him, for his humorous observations on life, and his tenacity toward the idea of craft and art.

My first opportunity to learn custom design in the jewelry industry came from a chance job offer from Mann’s Jewelers in Rochester, New York. It was 1994. I was still a newbie at making jewelry, but I somehow landed a commission(I still do not know how that happened) to create an engagement ring. I set to work, did the best I could, and needed a little help. So, I sought out Mann’s Jewelers for that extra help. I walked in a needy student and walked out with a job as a bench jeweler. It began a relationship between Mann’s and RIT that continues to this day. Over the next 8 years, Mann’s Jewelers became my family and my home away from home. Their patience and willingness to teach have remained a very important part of my life and career. A very big shout out to Charlotte Mann, Ray Rogers, Jodie Licherdell, Kathy Krupp, and John McNulty for their guidance and friendship.

My Etsy shop was born out of a need to create and a desire to find a way to connect with those looking for a little something for themselves. Please look around and enjoy. And stay tuned…..more to come.

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Shop members

  • Melissa

    Owner, Creator

Production partners

  • Art Tech Casting Company

    Scottsville, NY

    Art Tech Casting Company casts my original wax models into silver, gold, palladium, or platinum.

  • Buffalo Custom Jewelers

    Williamsville, NY

    Buffalo Custom Jewelers assists me with faceted stone setting and engraving.

Shop policies

Last updated on November 19, 2011
Thank you for taking a moment to read through my policies. If you have any questions regarding an instock or custom item, please feel free to contact me before you purchase.

Your satisfaction is important to me and I aim to provide a quality product. Should you be unhappy for any reason, please contact me immediately so that I can work with you to remedy any problem.

Accepted payment methods

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • American Express
  • Discover
  • Apple Pay
  • Klarna
  • Sofort
  • Ideal
  • Paypal
  • GiftcardAccepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
If you are not fully satisfied with your purchase for any reason, simply return the item(s) within twenty-one (21) business days from date shipped for a refund. Items must be in new condition. No refunds or exchanges will be extended after the 21 day period. There are no returns on custom items.

If your item is in need of repair and it is within six (6) months of purchase, please contact me. I may be able to replace the item free of charge depending on the circumstances.
At this time, I am only accepting payment through Paypal. I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you. If you are unfamiliar with Paypal, please let me know and I will be happy to work with you. For all instock items, payment is to be received within 3 hours or item will be restocked. Please contact me if you need more time to pay.
I ship all items through PayPal for Domestic Packages and through the USPS for all International Packages.
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Privacy Policy
I respect your privacy and any personal information I collect from you is strictly for the purpose of processing your order and improving the site(by generating statistical reports such as length of your visit and how you came to my site). This information will not be sold or given out under any circumstances.

Copyright Notice

These designs are protected by the copyright laws of the United States of America, 17 U.S.C. 101 et seq., and may be protected by the copyright laws of other countries and jurisdictions as well. Except as specifically permitted in accordance with the terms and conditions governing use of this website, any copy, other reproduction, display, performance or retransmission of all or any of the contents of this Site is strictly prohibited. ©2009 Melissa Sciera Designs All rights reserved.