Happy Monday, my dears. Not the finest day the week has to offer, is it? At least, it tends not to be. Never fear: I have something truly wonderful for you today.
I first found Melanie Casey jewelry on Etsy years ago – for proof, please see my first ever holiday gift guide (right here). When I rediscovered her recently through Instagram, I was delighted to see how her brand has blossomed in the past few years: I was treated to a wide selection of lovely stacking rings, which I remembered from before, as well as entirely new collections of gorgeous original jewelry.
Melanie Casey’s jewelry backstory is my favorite kind of jewelry backstory: she started out working in finance, a field that became very stressful in the housing crisis of the early 2000’s. Hoping to find a relaxing hobby, Melanie took a jewelry design class and fell in love. After gradually developing her technical ability on nights and weekends, Melanie started selling her work on Etsy and eventually made the switch to full time jewelry designer in 2011.
Sounds more than a little like me and blogging. The first part, at least…I’m still working on next few steps 🙂
These ruby and garnet earrings are the piece that caught my eye on Instagram. Aren’t they wonderful? Such luscious, juicy gems nestled in that knobbly gold setting.
I’m a sucker for Victorian jewelry with discolored turquoises – I think the combination of all those different shades of blue and green is stunning. This ring from Melanie Casey’s Wisteria collection gives the same feeling by ringing an emerald-cut aquamarine with sapphires, turquoise, and topaz.
Much like yours truly, Melanie Casey has a soft spot for antique jewelry, especially pieces that date to the 1930’s and earlier. When she told me that, I immediately thought of this morganite and diamond ring. Something about this beauty feels 1930’s to me – it’s simple silhouette, gently softened by color and curves, perhaps?
I love seeing a morganite in yellow gold. I know they’re frequently set in rose gold, and I understand that choice…but I think that the way the soft pink pops gently against the yellow setting is wonderful.
Rubies and garnet again. Apparently I have a weakness for this color combination. Can you blame me?
Here’s something brighter. I love how the pearls around this citrine wake up the brightness of the central stone.
Can I interest anyone in some brilliantly colored gemstone earrings? I think both of these are great, but it’s the gently faceted pair of peridots in the back that really caught my eye.
This ring is one of my personal favorites: a beautiful, marquise-cut blue kyanite set on a band of delicate gold leaves. I love the contrast between the crisp points of the kyanite’s bezel and the more plumply rounded leaves of the band.
Here are a few of the classic Melanie Casey stacking ring sets – they come in rose, yellow, and white gold; all kinds of textures, and in almost any gemstone. The possibilities for customization are endless.
These three beauties are billed as wedding bands, but I think they’d be fantastic on any finger. Which is your favorite?
All images and info in this post are thanks to the fabulous Melanie Casey jewelry. Find these pieces and more on Melanie Casey’s website.