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About Gail E. Melichar

I have a hard time writing about myself, but I guess you should know a little about the person behind the designs. I’m a single mom, born and raised in New Jersey. I graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelors degree in Psychology with Gerontology and Retirement Education. While there I ran a 500-member volunteer group and was awarded the University’s highest honor for volunteerism.

After college, I went to work for a benefits consulting firm in NY. In 1986, I moved to California. I worked for Disney as a communications manager until 1993 when my daughter was born.

I knew I didn’t want to miss out on any part of my daughter’s childhood, so I started a jewelry design business so I could be a stay-at-home mom. The moderate success of the business afforded me the time to be an active participant in my daughter’s life and not be tied to an office.

I knew I made the right decision when I heard her trying to help her friend learn a new game. I told her since she was little to take a deep breath and trust herself, that she can do whatever she puts her mind to. She told her friend to “trust your heart and take a deep breath.” I could never buy that feeling or try to explain to someone the feelings that I had when I heard her saying those words.

I have been fortunate to have the love, understanding, support, and encouragement from family and friends. After years of their urging me to expand, I have finally decided my daughter is old enough for me to take a major leap of faith.

I deeply love what I do and hope it shows in my designs. I gain inspiration from the materials I find, but more importantly, from the people I’ve met. I love to redesign pieces that have meaning, but, for whatever reason, aren’t being worn. My most meaningful project came from a dear friend who wanted to make necklaces in memory of her beloved mother. Her mom’s name was Pearl so we used “pearls” from some of her old jewelry. These necklaces hold a special place in the recipients’ hearts because of the double meaning of receiving a gift and having Pearl’s pearls as a remembrance of a wonderful woman.

With each piece of jewelry, I feel as if I’ve given you a little part of myself because each piece requires tender, loving care. I not only design every piece, but also make it with my own hands.

So, from my heart to yours – happy shopping and thank you for your support.

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