Melissa's process for creating and designing jewellery begins with an idea. That idea comes from either the shape, colour or markings on stones she is working with. Placing them in different configurations can create the outline for a piece and when she is happy with the result she will put it together. It is then that Melissa might decide what else to add – maybe a hammered metal shape, or a series of shapes, or possibly an antique brooch or artefact. There is always the delightful surprise when serendipity occurs.