Melissa James began designing jewellery over twenty years ago from a room in her Perthshire home.
Now based in Devon, she has a new workspace in which to create and be inspired.
Over the years the enterprise has travelled with her from Cornwall to India and Africa and inspiration has come from the stones found on Cornish beaches, the stunning colours of Rajasthan, the gentleness of Kerala, and the back streets of Stone Town in Zanzibar.
She loves the creative and bold use of colour seen in remote parts of the world, as well as the soft balance found in nature.
This inspiration is channelled with an intuitive and artistic eye to complement and enhance pieces designed for each season.
The seeds of some of the most successful designs continue to be drawn from a wealth of life experiences and from the astonishing breadth of different colours, shapes and markings on the stones she works with. There is always something wonderful in the world to inspire a new piece of jewellery.
In the past Melissa has designed jewellery for a Titian exhibition at the National Galleries of Scotland. She has worked with dress designer Chrissie Clyne making pieces for a catwalk event in London.
Melissa has also designed a line of jewellery for the National Trust of Scotland and over 4 years she designed collections three times a year for a retail fashion company.
Now she works making individual pieces for galleries. Many of the owners have become good friends.