Art & design have always been a big part of my life.
I think my passion for design actually began in childhood while accessorising my Cindy dolls!
Years later as a Fine Arts student I became obsessed with looking in every jewellery shop window & Art Gallery Gift shop looking for design inspiration & of course the perfect piece of jewellery.
Not having found a medium I loved working with & felt connected to, I changed career paths & pursued an academic career in Medical Sociology.
Many years later while on maternity leave from studying & teaching, I did a basic metal smithing course.
During that course I realised learning how transform a piece of flat lifeless metal into an elegant form represented the personal connection to an Art medium that had been missing all those years ago.
Since then I have focused on further developing my jewellery making skills & techniques to design Collections for modern women who love Nature & elegant design.
I am also a wife, mother of two teens & a Breast Cancer survivor.
Each piece is made to order in my Studio (Australia) using traditional metalsmithing techniques
This means every piece of Melanie Hay Jewellery has it’s own characteristic pattern & finish.
I choose to use Argentium Sterling Silver because it is eco friendly & highly tarnish resistant.
The intricate textures and patterns on my jewellery pieces are carefully embossed (imprinted) into the Silver so the pattern won’t wear off.
I also use a blackening solution to highlight the pattern & give my designs a modern vintage look & feel.