Mel D’Alessandro works from her Brunswick studio, creating tactile and fine jewellery that celebrates her Italian upbringing and the empowered woman. The coin necklace references the iconographic emblem pendants her nonna used to wear when Mel was a child. The squiggle is a modern day Corno, a traditional amulet worn to ward off evil. The big hoops embrace the sexy exuberance of a 1990s Isabella Rossellini.
An intuitive practice informs Mel’s designs, where each piece is attentively handcrafted until its inherent form takes shape. She creates feminine pieces that tow the line between soft grace and frivolity. MLD is designed for the wearer that embraces both.