Thursday, February 27, 2014

GET TO KNOW: Melissa of Fego Gioielli

Our first designer profile for 2014!  Meet Melissa Fego. Her jewelry line Fego Gioielli has been part of the Beehive since December 2013, and we were thrilled to invite her into our community of designer/makers. Her jewelry is bold and modern with a classic flair. Read about her upcoming stint at The Oscars' gifting suite and what inspired her path to creativity. 

What do you design/make, & what materials do you use?The Fego Gioielli line offers uniquely designed statement necklaces, bracelets and earrings. Each piece is carefully handcrafted by me, Melissa Fego using only the finest natural gemstones and high quality materials, sourced from places such as Italy and India. The large scale necklaces boast effervescent gems, featuring Dentritic or Peruvian Opals, Carnelians and Chrysophase paired with 18kt-24kt Vermeil or Sterling Silver.   The collection includes a variety of other natural gemstones as well as plain (no gemstones) silver/vermeil pieces.

When did you start designing/making?  Although I spent years making jewelry in my spare time as a hobby, I decided to pursue a career in business and finance. After attaining an M.B.A., I spent more than a decade working in finance for an educational publishing company in Manhattan. While wearing one of my own creations to a party in the city a few years ago, I was besieged by requests. Pulled to pursue my true passion and harness my creative talents, I launched Fego Gioielli in 2011. The name of the company holds special significance: ‘Gioielli’ means jewelry in Italian, a nod to my Italian heritage and creative roots.

Is this your full-time gig? If not, how do you make time to create in your hectic life?  After 12 years working in executive management and as a VP Controller for an educational publishing company, in October 2012 Fego Gioielli became my Full-time “Job”.        

What are you working on right now?  I’ve been invited to an Oscar nominee Gifting Suite event in Bevelry Hills so working on my “Oscar” Collection using Citrine, Crystal Quartz, Lemon Topaz, Carnelians, Green Agates and many other unique colors and stones on 18kt Sparkly diamond Cut Vermeil.  I am always working with Blue and pink Peruvian opal as they are my favorite and my favorite season to design for is coming…Summer!

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