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MelissaMy career began almost 30 years ago when I started collecting beach stones on the shores of Lake Champlain in Burlington, Vermont. I incorporated these unusual stones of all shapes and sizes into ring designs, bracelets, and necklaces. These odd shaped rocks of shale and quartz provided the foundation upon which I formulated my techniques and styles. Though largely self-taught as an artist and jewelry designer, I have completed several Fine Metals and Jewelry Design courses, as well as drawing, painting, and basic design courses at the University of Vermont. After much experimentation, I have developed a passion for working with fossils, minerals, semi-precious gems, and freshwater pearls in most of my jewelry designs. The color and textures in these beauties of nature are always an inspiration for my work. Highlighting the special qualities of each stone or fossil helps to produce unique and special statements in each piece of jewelry.

By incorporating the beauty that nature constantly offers us, I feel that my pieces of jewelry have an appeal to the artist in all of us. Each piece is personally handcrafted, by me, from the stone setting to the final polish.

Jewelry is a personal statement and my wish is to be able to provide unique and beautiful jewelry for many people to wear and enjoy. Sharing my creations with others - seeing their interest and appreciation - gives me great joy and satisfaction.
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Melissa Flanagan Designs
Romancing the Stone
Ferrisburgh, Vermont
(802) 236-3819

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