Mel's Shells started back in 2007 while Mel was on a girls trip in Florida. She had collected some beautiful scallop shells on the beach and decided to make each girl a necklace to remember the trip. Those original necklaces are still out there and Mel has requested they never be shown! At the time, she was a beginner and didn't know exactly how to work the shells and how to utilize precious metals and gemstones. Regardless, when she finished those first necklaces, she was hooked. She experienced something she never felt before and knew this path of design and creation was one she would embark on for the rest of her life. Over the next several years she continued to create necklaces using sea glass and shells while living in New York, her home state. The feedback she was getting was quite touching and she realized this may be something that can go beyond just a hobby. Mel's friends started calling her "Mels Shells" hence the name she chose for her company. Mel has expanded her craft to not only shells and sea glass, but precious stones and crystals and utilizes the finest of sterling silver and 14K goldfilled metals.
Mel has settled in Hawaii, she finds her shells on the beaches of Oahu's north shore. Most are found in the water during snorkel adventures. The beauty of Hawaii has played a huge role in the growth of Mel's Shells. Hawaii inspires Mel on a daily basis and supplies beauty in the simplest and most natural forms.
Mel's Shells- born in Florida, continued in New York and settled in Hawaii. Each of these beautiful and uniquily different places have contributed to the style and taste that is Mel's Shells.
~Each piece handmade with aloha~