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Snapshot: Melvin Jewelry

Martha Clifford (left) and Morgan Walker (right) showcase some of their jewelry they have designed.
Martha Clifford (left) and Morgan Walker (right) showcase some of their jewelry they have designed.

Melvin Jewelry is as unique and raw as the women who create it. Charlotte residents Martha Clifford and Morgan Walker are not afraid to approach accessories from a different angle, turning the ordinary house fly into a stunning pendant or using bullet casings and leather as material for a cuff. Their latest collection, set to release this year, was inspired was a piece of mud cloth Clifford discovered at a New York street market. Originally inspired by a vintage locket embossed with a tiger, Clifford and Walker have taken handmade jewelry to a new level, adding a sophisticated edge to their pieces. To learn more visit www.shopmelvin.com.

Martha CliffordThe African collection is so unique because of the sayings we have on the back of our new charms, which are from the meanings of the symbols on the mud cloth. We find ourselves sourcing beads, casting masks and learning so much about the cultural entities, fruits of the land and natural materials that are indigenous to the continent. The inspiration is vast and invigorating!The typical Melvin woman is a little bohemian, edgy and artsy.The piece I look most forward to in the African collection is the beaded necklace with an antelope mask.My favorite part of living in Charlotte is the friendliness of the people and all the big-city amenities Charlotte has to offer without it becoming overwhelming.

Morgan WalkerThe collection or piece of jewelry that has a special meaning is the tiger pieces, because my mother gave me a tiger locket of my great-grandmother’s from the early1900s. This was the inspiration behind our untamed collection. When I put together an outfit, I constantly fall back on any of my oversized cardigans or parkas.The piece I look most forward to in the African collection is the colored bead necklace with small charms. My favorite part of living in Charlotte is the farmer’s market, the art galleries and family that is close by. My favorite Charlotte boutiques are Hong Kong, it’s one of my favorite vintage stores. I work at Capitol, so I am constantly surrounded by beautiful and unique clothing. I am truly inspired every single day I come into work by the pieces at the store, the girls I work with and my boss. As for shopping, you can never go wrong with a vintage store because there is a story behind every piece.

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