Meet the Designer
Jewelry with Meaning, Worn with Intention
Hello! My name is Melissa, and I’m a family practice doctor who lives in Minneapolis with my husband, daughter, two guinea pigs, and one super sassy goldfish.
I started making jewelry more than 25 years ago during a college metalsmithing class, and continued as a hobby after graduation. In 2015 I decided to make a necklace for myself to wear as a mindfulness tool. First, I chose a couple of favorite gemstones and crafted each into a simple pendant. Next, I wrote positive affirmations to pair with each stone: I am loved, I am worthy, and I am enough. Whenever I felt like my self-talk was more negative than positive, I would slip a different pendant onto the chain to elevate my internal dialogue.
It worked pretty well.
After a while I decided to add a little extra luck and oomph to the piece by creating a unique evil eye charm. I named my new and improved evil eye/stone necklace the I AMulet and penned more stone/affirmation pairs to augment my mindfulness practice. Eventually, friends started noticing my interchangeable necklace, and some would ask for one of their own. The rest is herstory. I’ve now created almost 20 unique affirmation/stone pendant combinations, and I offer I AMulets through local fairs and this online shop.
In addition to I AMulets, I also like to make solo pendant necklaces and earrings. As you explore the website, you’ll find that I always lean toward simple and classic designs in all of my pieces. I prefer to use sterling silver and gold filled components for accessibility, and natural stones because each one is beautiful and unique.
If you are curious about my life outside of this site, come visit my writings on Peanutmark.com.