MELISSA JOY MANNING launched her namesake line in 1997 after studying traditional silversmithing at the Instituto de Allende in San Miguel
 de Allende, Mexico, and European design principles at the University of Barcelona. The company opened its first retail space in Berkeley, CA, and more recently added a second location in New York City. Melissa's work links the modern with the traditional, and her unique expression is clearly influenced by her passion for travel, art and culture. Prior to studying abroad, Melissa majored in Art History at UC San Diego and received her BFA in jewelry design and sculpture from SF State University.