leMel founders Jennifer and Melanie have always shared a passion for jewelry. Growing up in the great state of Texas, the two sisters always gravitated toward the glitter of their mom’s jewelry box, and today they’ve been able to take that childhood love and create a little sparkle of their own. As soon as they were old enough to work, the sisters started working at an upscale jewelry boutique in Houston, Texas. Later, Melanie moved to Los Angeles and decided to take classes at Otis School of Design in LA to learn how to make her own jewelry — and then passed her skills onto her older sister. After fielding compliments and requests for similar pieces from friends and family whenever they wore their designs, the girls decided to take a leap of faith and start their own jewelry design company, leMel Designs, in 2010.
Today, based on both the West Coast (Melanie) and the Gulf Coast (Jennifer) and now with four kids between them (!), these entrepreneurial moms design their classic, versatile, timeless pieces with the same passion and love for jewelry they felt as little girls playing dress-up. Describing their style as “everyday jewelry made-to-layer,” Melanie and Jennifer use semi-precious stones, 14 karat gold and gold fill to create their signature line — which truly includes something special for every woman, from a personalized layering necklace for a new mom to a long necklace to throw on over a t-shirt and run out the door.
The sisters also specialize in custom jewelry, including engagement rings, necklaces, right hand rings…and anything else you could imagine. Think of them as your jewelry concierge, working one-on-one to find the perfect stone and create the perfect ring for that big moment. They hand select each and every stone option for their clients, and then design a beautiful bespoke setting to make it a truly custom piece of jewelry.