Made in Virginia 2015: Melissa Lew Jewelry, South Riding

Melissa Lew Jewelry

A native Virginian with Chinese-American heritage, Melissa Lew says her Garden of the East line of eco-friendly silver jewelry is strongly influenced “by both the Chinese culture’s esteem for nature and Virginia’s rich garden history.” Most striking are her earrings and necklaces with a cherry blossom design. Though it is a flower we associate with spring festivals in Northern Virginia, says Lew, “In Chinese culture it’s a symbol of feminine strength.” Lew carves the master mold for each cherry blossom out of precious metal clay, a type of art clay that contains recycled silver particles. She uses knives and files to carefully craft the fine details of the cherry blossom over the course of a few days before firing the clay in a kiln, which burns away the organic material so that jewelry made of what was once scrap silver emerges from the flames. $75-$100. MelissaLew.com


See all the Made in Virginia 2015 Winners!

Overall Winner

Fern and Roby, Richmond

Home

Monolith Studios, Charlottesville (category winner)

Huger Embroidery, Richmond

Duvall Designs, Millwood

Owen Suter’s Fine Furniture, Richmond

Style

Shockoe Atelier, Richmond (category winner)

Rockbridge Guitar Company, Charlottesville

Melissa Lew Jewelry, South Riding

North End Bag Co., Virginia Beach

Drink

Belle Isle Craft Spirits, Richmond (category winner)

Early Mountain Vineyards, Madison

Texas Beach, Richmond

LUMI Juice, Charlottesville

Food

Brown Dog Handcrafted Premium Ice Cream, Cape Charles (category winner)

S. Wallace Edwards & Sons, Surry

Swover Creek Farms, Edinburg

Pennacook Peppers, Virginia Beach


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