Here at Melanie Casey, we love those who work to make their dreams come true,. Melanie herself started working in the jewelry world with a little training and a lot of drive. We recognize the barriers that exist when it comes to getting started in this business, and we want to create an opportunity for the right individual to join our team as a bench jeweler. We are seeking applications for our Bench Jeweler Apprenticeship program.

Bench Jeweler Apprenticeship

Do you possess a fine eye for detail and an immense amount of patience? If you have always wanted to be a bench jeweler but lack the education and training to make your dream a reality, Melanie Casey invites you to apply to be our Bench Jeweler. This is a paid position, with a year-long training commitment before the bench apprenticeship begins, in our studio in North Andover, Massachusetts, USA.

At the start of your work here, you will be our Wash Out Specialist, taking charge of cleaning the jewelry, maintaining our polishing and cleaning equipment, and working with our polishing machine, the Murua machine. This is a very challenging task, and most suited to someone with a lot of patience and attention to detail. 

As you work for one year as the Wash Out Specialist, you will have access to all of our shop tools - including your very own bench. After hours, you are encouraged to explore the craft of fine jewelry making and refine your skills.  You will also have access to the knowledge and many years of experience of our fine jewelers, including Melanie herself. We will also sponsor your attendance at a jewelry class during this year. You will be able to sit in on all quality control meetings and demonstrations in our studio. The goal is for you to learn, practice, ask questions, and refine your making skills until you are ready to move on from Wash Out Specialist and into a bench jeweler apprenticeship at the conclusion of the year. If we determine that you are ready, we will invite you to join the team as a full-time bench jeweler.


Experience required:
  • You do not need to have any experience, education, or background with jewelry. This is an opportunity to fast-track that process and learn.
  • You must have a previous interest in jewelry making. This is not a design job, and you will not be designing pieces - you will be learning how to make them.

Skills required: 
  • Must have worked with a flex shaft or dremel, and have comfort with motorized tools
  • Knowledge of the skills required for jewelry making
  • Extreme attention to detail
  • Able to manage chaos 
  • Enjoy repetitive tasks
  • Patient and able to manage demanding projects
  • Able to handle chemicals and small parts in a safe and organized manner
  • Responds well to constructive criticism 
  • Flexible and able to adapt to an ever-changing workflow
This is an unheard of opportunity in the world of fine jewelry, as most shops require a four-year degree and experience to start on the bench. As such, we will be extremely selective in our choice of a candidate. The most important factors we will consider are your self-motivated drive and your willingness to learn.

To start the application process, please answer the following questions and submit it along with a cover letter, resume, and references to jobs@melaniecasey.com. We will be performing background checks on candidates, and will require one written recommendation during the second phase of the application process.


  • What makes you interested in our Wash Out Specialist/Bench Jeweler Apprenticeship Program?
  • What skills and abilities do you have that will be uniquely suited to this position?
  • Please describe examples in your professional or personal life in which you exhibited patience, perseverance, and a drive for success.


The Wash Out Specialist will have a pay rate of $13 per hour. If your progress meets our expectations after the one-year commitment, you will be invited to become our Bench Jeweler Apprentice.

The entire Melanie Casey team is so excited about extending a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to our next team member! We are a close-knit group, and we look forward to helping you along your way to becoming a Melanie Casey bench jeweler.

All submissions are due no later than December 11, 2017. 


Here at Melanie Casey, we love those who work to make their dreams come true,. Melanie herself started working in the jewelry world with a little training and a lot of drive. We recognize the barriers that exist when it comes to getting started in this business, and we want to create an opportunity for the right individual to join our team as a bench jeweler. We are seeking applications for our Bench Jeweler Apprenticeship program.

Bench Jeweler Apprenticeship

Do you possess a fine eye for detail and an immense amount of patience? If you have always wanted to be a bench jeweler but lack the education and training to make your dream a reality, Melanie Casey invites you to apply to be our Bench Jeweler. This is a paid position, with a year-long training commitment before the bench apprenticeship begins, in our studio in North Andover, Massachusetts, USA.

At the start of your work here, you will be our Wash Out Specialist, taking charge of cleaning the jewelry, maintaining our polishing and cleaning equipment, and working with our polishing machine, the Murua machine. This is a very challenging task, and most suited to someone with a lot of patience and attention to detail. 

As you work for one year as the Wash Out Specialist, you will have access to all of our shop tools - including your very own bench. After hours, you are encouraged to explore the craft of fine jewelry making and refine your skills.  You will also have access to the knowledge and many years of experience of our fine jewelers, including Melanie herself. We will also sponsor your attendance at a jewelry class during this year. You will be able to sit in on all quality control meetings and demonstrations in our studio. The goal is for you to learn, practice, ask questions, and refine your making skills until you are ready to move on from Wash Out Specialist and into a bench jeweler apprenticeship at the conclusion of the year. If we determine that you are ready, we will invite you to join the team as a full-time bench jeweler.


Experience required:
  • You do not need to have any experience, education, or background with jewelry. This is an opportunity to fast-track that process and learn.
  • You must have a previous interest in jewelry making. This is not a design job, and you will not be designing pieces - you will be learning how to make them.

Skills required: 
  • Must have worked with a flex shaft or dremel, and have comfort with motorized tools
  • Knowledge of the skills required for jewelry making
  • Extreme attention to detail
  • Able to manage chaos 
  • Enjoy repetitive tasks
  • Patient and able to manage demanding projects
  • Able to handle chemicals and small parts in a safe and organized manner
  • Responds well to constructive criticism 
  • Flexible and able to adapt to an ever-changing workflow
This is an unheard of opportunity in the world of fine jewelry, as most shops require a four-year degree and experience to start on the bench. As such, we will be extremely selective in our choice of a candidate. The most important factors we will consider are your self-motivated drive and your willingness to learn.

To start the application process, please answer the following questions and submit it along with a cover letter, resume, and references to jobs@melaniecasey.com. We will be performing background checks on candidates, and will require one written recommendation during the second phase of the application process.


  • What makes you interested in our Wash Out Specialist/Bench Jeweler Apprenticeship Program?
  • What skills and abilities do you have that will be uniquely suited to this position?
  • Please describe examples in your professional or personal life in which you exhibited patience, perseverance, and a drive for success.


The Wash Out Specialist will have a pay rate of $13 per hour. If your progress meets our expectations after the one-year commitment, you will be invited to become our Bench Jeweler Apprentice.

The entire Melanie Casey team is so excited about extending a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to our next team member! We are a close-knit group, and we look forward to helping you along your way to becoming a Melanie Casey bench jeweler.

All submissions are due no later than December 11, 2017. 

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Stars of Eventide and Inkling Rings

We can probably guess what you're thinking:

Christmas?? We just celebrated Labor Day! Why talk about Christmas now??

Well, we'll tell you!

With the holiday season quickly approaching, the studio is getting busier and busier every day! Making jewelry by hand is (in our humble opinion) the best way to do it, but it also takes time! If you are hoping to present a ring to someone special this holiday season, we want you to be aware of our ordering deadlines:

Friday, November 17: This is the LAST day to place an order for a made-to-order ring if you want it delivered by Christmas. Planning a holiday proposal? Write this date down! After November 17, we will not be taking any more engagement orders until after the holidays. (In fact, you won't even see these pieces listed on our website after this date!)

So, if you are planning to order one of these pieces, be sure to get your order placed before November 17!

  • Lady's Slipper
  • Wishing Well
  • Custom Mini Cluster
  • Stacking Ring
  • Inkling Rings
  • Stargaze
  • In the Sky with Diamonds
  • Made-to-order bands
  • Or ANY other piece with a listing of "made-to-order"
Monday, December 4: This is the LAST day to place an order for a ready to ship ring that we have in stock if you want it delivered before Christmas. This means that if you want to give a piece of Melanie Casey jewelry to someone this holiday season, we need to have your order by December 4!

So, to sum it up: Order your holiday jewelry gifts by December 4 for ready-to-ship pieces, and November 17 for made-to-order pieces! 

If you're not sure which deadline applies to the piece you've got our eye on, please email us ASAP at productinquiry@melaniecasey.com.


Stars of Eventide and Inkling Rings

We can probably guess what you're thinking:

Christmas?? We just celebrated Labor Day! Why talk about Christmas now??

Well, we'll tell you!

With the holiday season quickly approaching, the studio is getting busier and busier every day! Making jewelry by hand is (in our humble opinion) the best way to do it, but it also takes time! If you are hoping to present a ring to someone special this holiday season, we want you to be aware of our ordering deadlines:

Friday, November 17: This is the LAST day to place an order for a made-to-order ring if you want it delivered by Christmas. Planning a holiday proposal? Write this date down! After November 17, we will not be taking any more engagement orders until after the holidays. (In fact, you won't even see these pieces listed on our website after this date!)

So, if you are planning to order one of these pieces, be sure to get your order placed before November 17!

  • Lady's Slipper
  • Wishing Well
  • Custom Mini Cluster
  • Stacking Ring
  • Inkling Rings
  • Stargaze
  • In the Sky with Diamonds
  • Made-to-order bands
  • Or ANY other piece with a listing of "made-to-order"
Monday, December 4: This is the LAST day to place an order for a ready to ship ring that we have in stock if you want it delivered before Christmas. This means that if you want to give a piece of Melanie Casey jewelry to someone this holiday season, we need to have your order by December 4!

So, to sum it up: Order your holiday jewelry gifts by December 4 for ready-to-ship pieces, and November 17 for made-to-order pieces! 

If you're not sure which deadline applies to the piece you've got our eye on, please email us ASAP at productinquiry@melaniecasey.com.


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Our clients' happiness is the reason we do what we do. That's why nothing makes us smile like a review from a satisfied MC client!

"With the detail of each design, it's clear that each ring is brought to life with delicacy and thoughtfulness. Melanie's passion is evident in every ring, but it is felt in each interaction with both her and her team."
-Mallory R., Dayton, Ohio


"
To ease my concerns about ordering a ring online, I emailed back and forth with some of the Melanie Casey team members and I was so impressed with their quick responses and their awesome customer service. I could not be happier with my decision to order this ring and it is even more beautiful in person! Now I am waiting on my wedding band to arrive and I can't wait!"-Emily Q., Chicago, Illinois 

Here at Melanie Casey, our first priority is that our clients love their jewelry, and that the experience of working together is flawless from start to finish. 

In fact, we have a mission statement that every MC team member strives to uphold each day:

At Melanie Casey, we are dedicated to creating an effortless, delightful experience for our clients, who partner with us in our endeavor to create beautiful, unique jewelry made in-house by artists who are experts in their craft.

You see, you all, our clients, are a part of the team here at MC. We could not do this work without you, and we value your input and experience so highly.

On any given day here, you will find Jenny working tirelessly at the bench to set the stones in time for a client's wedding, and Dana carefully assembling the Certificate of Authenticity cards to add to Shana's meticulous shipping process. Meanwhile, Katie is answering email inquiries and helping to design a custom mini cluster including the birthstones for a client's children, and Gabriella is designing an email to help clients learn how to clean their jewelry at home. Most days, Melanie is here late into the evening, designing new pieces, chatting with clients, and making sure that each of our processes is running smoothly.


We do all of this day in and day out because we know that jewelry is rarely just jewelry - it is representative of a milestone or an occasion in someone's life: an engagement, a wedding, the birth of a new baby, remembering a lost loved one, or simply a celebration of friendship or of oneself. We are honored to be invited into these times, and we take this privilege very seriously.

We also know that every client is unique, and we strive to personalize our advice and recommendations to meet the needs of each individual person. For example, we've been known to advise against the most expensive ring in favor of a smaller piece when it better suits the wearer's style. This practice is probably not great for our bottom line, but we would never compromise ethics and transparency in order to increase our profits.

Our client care efforts extend beyond the packaging and delivery of the jewelry: our excellent warranty extends to all of our pieces, and our clients know that they can reach out to us at any time over the lifetime of their jewelry should any concerns arise.

Thank you, dear clients, for the privilege of working with you and creating jewelry for you.

For more client reviews, you can check out our Etsy page and the reviews posted to WeddingWire. If you're a client of ours, we want to hear from you! Please post a review whenever you have a moment :)

Did you know we have a behind-the-scenes Instagram account, where you can see the MC team in action? Meet the creative people who make each piece in our collection, and see the process as it unfolds: @makersofmelaniecasey 

Our clients' happiness is the reason we do what we do. That's why nothing makes us smile like a review from a satisfied MC client!

"With the detail of each design, it's clear that each ring is brought to life with delicacy and thoughtfulness. Melanie's passion is evident in every ring, but it is felt in each interaction with both her and her team."
-Mallory R., Dayton, Ohio


"
To ease my concerns about ordering a ring online, I emailed back and forth with some of the Melanie Casey team members and I was so impressed with their quick responses and their awesome customer service. I could not be happier with my decision to order this ring and it is even more beautiful in person! Now I am waiting on my wedding band to arrive and I can't wait!"-Emily Q., Chicago, Illinois 

Here at Melanie Casey, our first priority is that our clients love their jewelry, and that the experience of working together is flawless from start to finish. 

In fact, we have a mission statement that every MC team member strives to uphold each day:

At Melanie Casey, we are dedicated to creating an effortless, delightful experience for our clients, who partner with us in our endeavor to create beautiful, unique jewelry made in-house by artists who are experts in their craft.

You see, you all, our clients, are a part of the team here at MC. We could not do this work without you, and we value your input and experience so highly.

On any given day here, you will find Jenny working tirelessly at the bench to set the stones in time for a client's wedding, and Dana carefully assembling the Certificate of Authenticity cards to add to Shana's meticulous shipping process. Meanwhile, Katie is answering email inquiries and helping to design a custom mini cluster including the birthstones for a client's children, and Gabriella is designing an email to help clients learn how to clean their jewelry at home. Most days, Melanie is here late into the evening, designing new pieces, chatting with clients, and making sure that each of our processes is running smoothly.


We do all of this day in and day out because we know that jewelry is rarely just jewelry - it is representative of a milestone or an occasion in someone's life: an engagement, a wedding, the birth of a new baby, remembering a lost loved one, or simply a celebration of friendship or of oneself. We are honored to be invited into these times, and we take this privilege very seriously.

We also know that every client is unique, and we strive to personalize our advice and recommendations to meet the needs of each individual person. For example, we've been known to advise against the most expensive ring in favor of a smaller piece when it better suits the wearer's style. This practice is probably not great for our bottom line, but we would never compromise ethics and transparency in order to increase our profits.

Our client care efforts extend beyond the packaging and delivery of the jewelry: our excellent warranty extends to all of our pieces, and our clients know that they can reach out to us at any time over the lifetime of their jewelry should any concerns arise.

Thank you, dear clients, for the privilege of working with you and creating jewelry for you.

For more client reviews, you can check out our Etsy page and the reviews posted to WeddingWire. If you're a client of ours, we want to hear from you! Please post a review whenever you have a moment :)

Did you know we have a behind-the-scenes Instagram account, where you can see the MC team in action? Meet the creative people who make each piece in our collection, and see the process as it unfolds: @makersofmelaniecasey 

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Keep those lovelies sparkling!

We are often asked for advice on how to clean Melanie Casey jewelry. Do I need a special cleaner? Should I take my ring to a jeweler for cleaning?

Luckily, the answer is much simpler than many clients may think! The only things you need to make your Melanie Casey ring sparkle are a soft toothbrush and some liquid dish soap!

Katie, our stylist and content writer here at MC, demonstrates the cleaning process on her Blueberry Mini Cluster ring:




Before: In need of a cleaning! Everyday wear will make your ring look less-than-sparkling. Time to clean!



Step 1: Get a soft bristle toothbrush. Katie is using a baby toothbrush because she found an extra in the bathroom - thanks, kids! If it's soft enough for babies' gums, it's soft enough for your ring! But any toothbrush labeled "soft" will be just fine.



Step 2: Add a dab of dish soap to the toothbrush, as if you were about to brush your teeth with it (but please don't do that!). We like to use the original blue Dawn dish soap, but any will do!




Step 3: With warm water, gently scrub your ring with the toothbrush, making sure to scrub the bottom of the stones where the little holes in the gold setting are. Scrub thoroughly, but gently, making sure to get the bristles up into those little holes under the stones. Let the soap work its magic, getting rid of buildup and dirt. **Please note that if you have coral, pearl, turquoise, apatite, opal, or emerald in your ring, you need to take extra care. Never soak these in hot water or scrub them directly - just scrub around them and underneath the setting.



Step 4: Rinse in warm water, and let your ring air dry.



After: All done! Sparkly and clean!

Keep those lovelies sparkling!

We are often asked for advice on how to clean Melanie Casey jewelry. Do I need a special cleaner? Should I take my ring to a jeweler for cleaning?

Luckily, the answer is much simpler than many clients may think! The only things you need to make your Melanie Casey ring sparkle are a soft toothbrush and some liquid dish soap!

Katie, our stylist and content writer here at MC, demonstrates the cleaning process on her Blueberry Mini Cluster ring:




Before: In need of a cleaning! Everyday wear will make your ring look less-than-sparkling. Time to clean!



Step 1: Get a soft bristle toothbrush. Katie is using a baby toothbrush because she found an extra in the bathroom - thanks, kids! If it's soft enough for babies' gums, it's soft enough for your ring! But any toothbrush labeled "soft" will be just fine.



Step 2: Add a dab of dish soap to the toothbrush, as if you were about to brush your teeth with it (but please don't do that!). We like to use the original blue Dawn dish soap, but any will do!




Step 3: With warm water, gently scrub your ring with the toothbrush, making sure to scrub the bottom of the stones where the little holes in the gold setting are. Scrub thoroughly, but gently, making sure to get the bristles up into those little holes under the stones. Let the soap work its magic, getting rid of buildup and dirt. **Please note that if you have coral, pearl, turquoise, apatite, opal, or emerald in your ring, you need to take extra care. Never soak these in hot water or scrub them directly - just scrub around them and underneath the setting.



Step 4: Rinse in warm water, and let your ring air dry.



After: All done! Sparkly and clean!

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Summertime has us daydreaming of new custom mini cluster ring designs...


One of our favorite things to do here at Melanie Casey is to help our clients design their custom mini clusters.

A lot of clients choose meaningful gemstones: their children's or grandchildren's birthstones, colors that represent their loved ones, etc. And sometimes clients just choose a palate that feels right!

We took a note from nature for these ideas, with some flower-inspired minis to freshen up your summer!

While you're designing your own custom ring, here are some ideas to spark imagination :)

Mini Cluster 1 - Desert Rose

This moody little combo makes us think of the beauty of the desert out west. Wouldn't she be dreamy in rose gold?

Stone 1: blush zircon
Stone 2: rose cut diamond
Stone 3: rose cut diamond
Stone 4: smoky quartz

Mini Cluster 2 - Tulip

Bright and bold colors are perfect for the summer, and the touch of texture from the opal is making us swoon!

Stone 1: ruby

Stone 2: white diamond
Stone 3: ruby
Stone 4: opal

Mini Cluster 3 - Hydrangea


Is there anything more lovely than a blooming hydrangea, with its soft, subtle tones? The color story on this cluster is refreshingly crisp and cool.

Stone 1: white diamond
Stone 2: peridot
Stone 3: London blue topaz
Stone 4: white diamond

What is your dream mini cluster?




Summertime has us daydreaming of new custom mini cluster ring designs...


One of our favorite things to do here at Melanie Casey is to help our clients design their custom mini clusters.

A lot of clients choose meaningful gemstones: their children's or grandchildren's birthstones, colors that represent their loved ones, etc. And sometimes clients just choose a palate that feels right!

We took a note from nature for these ideas, with some flower-inspired minis to freshen up your summer!

While you're designing your own custom ring, here are some ideas to spark imagination :)

Mini Cluster 1 - Desert Rose

This moody little combo makes us think of the beauty of the desert out west. Wouldn't she be dreamy in rose gold?

Stone 1: blush zircon
Stone 2: rose cut diamond
Stone 3: rose cut diamond
Stone 4: smoky quartz

Mini Cluster 2 - Tulip

Bright and bold colors are perfect for the summer, and the touch of texture from the opal is making us swoon!

Stone 1: ruby

Stone 2: white diamond
Stone 3: ruby
Stone 4: opal

Mini Cluster 3 - Hydrangea


Is there anything more lovely than a blooming hydrangea, with its soft, subtle tones? The color story on this cluster is refreshingly crisp and cool.

Stone 1: white diamond
Stone 2: peridot
Stone 3: London blue topaz
Stone 4: white diamond

What is your dream mini cluster?




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The team here at Melanie Casey has been SO excited to introduce platinum as an option in the shop!

We know that a lot of you love the look of platinum. A lot of you are also wondering what the difference is between gold and platinum, and which choice is best for you. We're hoping to answer those questions here!

Color

The most noticeable difference between 14k white gold and platinum is the color. Take a look at the photo above: our Vine band in 14k white gold on the top, and in platinum on the bottom. The platinum is stark, cool, crisp white, with more blue/gray tones. Platinum is naturally bright white when polished.  Our 14k white gold has a warmer white tone to it when compared to platinum. We do not rhodium plate or "dip" our white gold, so this is its natural color.  Both will look bright white to the eye when viewed independently, and the color difference is only very noticeable when comparing the two next to each other.  This is why we strongly recommend that you match the metals of your engagement ring and wedding band.

Strength 

One reason that platinum is a great option for bridal jewelry is that it is a very strong and durable material. It is quite a bit heavier than 14k gold, which does make it more expensive.  Some people prefer the more substantial feel on their finger.  Because platinum is so dense and heavy, it is less likely than gold to thin out over time.  Both materials will certainly scratch and show wear as they are worn.  Of course, as far as durability goes, we offer an excellent warranty on all of our jewelry, so no worries either way!

Composition

Gold is naturally yellow.  In order to make it white, alloys are added in. Some people are allergic to these alloys, most notably nickel.  If you have a severe nickel allergy, platinum is the best option for you, as it's hypoallergenic.  We've been asked how someone might know if they are going to be allergic to our 14k white gold.  Our answer is... if you're extremely allergic to nickel, trust us, you'll know!  If any 14k white gold ring irritates your finger, you may want to consider having it rhodium plated if it is an heirloom.  For new jewelry, consider ordering platinum, 14k yellow gold, or 14k rose gold instead. 




Above: hammered bands in platinum (top) and white gold (bottom)

We recommend that you keep your wedding set the same metal. (If your engagement ring is white gold, stick with white gold for the wedding band as well.) These metals look best when paired with the same metal. If you don't have Melanie Casey rings for both engagement and wedding, you should know that our white gold is warm compared to any jewelry that has been rhodium plated. Rhodium plating is a thin layer of metal with a bright platinum-like color.  We do not rhodium plate because it is not permanent, and we prefer to add a polished finish that will last a lifetime without annual upkeep.  If your engagement ring is 14k white gold, with rhodium plating, you may consider having a local jeweler dip your MC ring in order to get a more perfect match!

Sometimes the ring design itself can make the difference in whether platinum or white gold looks best. If you are designing a custom mini cluster ring, or building a Lady's Slipper ring with sapphire, the stone color could look better with one metal or the other. Our stylists would be happy to help you with this decision!

We hope this clears up some of your questions about white gold vs platinum! Either way you go, you'll receive a lovely piece, handmade with love :)

The team here at Melanie Casey has been SO excited to introduce platinum as an option in the shop!

We know that a lot of you love the look of platinum. A lot of you are also wondering what the difference is between gold and platinum, and which choice is best for you. We're hoping to answer those questions here!

Color

The most noticeable difference between 14k white gold and platinum is the color. Take a look at the photo above: our Vine band in 14k white gold on the top, and in platinum on the bottom. The platinum is stark, cool, crisp white, with more blue/gray tones. Platinum is naturally bright white when polished.  Our 14k white gold has a warmer white tone to it when compared to platinum. We do not rhodium plate or "dip" our white gold, so this is its natural color.  Both will look bright white to the eye when viewed independently, and the color difference is only very noticeable when comparing the two next to each other.  This is why we strongly recommend that you match the metals of your engagement ring and wedding band.

Strength 

One reason that platinum is a great option for bridal jewelry is that it is a very strong and durable material. It is quite a bit heavier than 14k gold, which does make it more expensive.  Some people prefer the more substantial feel on their finger.  Because platinum is so dense and heavy, it is less likely than gold to thin out over time.  Both materials will certainly scratch and show wear as they are worn.  Of course, as far as durability goes, we offer an excellent warranty on all of our jewelry, so no worries either way!

Composition

Gold is naturally yellow.  In order to make it white, alloys are added in. Some people are allergic to these alloys, most notably nickel.  If you have a severe nickel allergy, platinum is the best option for you, as it's hypoallergenic.  We've been asked how someone might know if they are going to be allergic to our 14k white gold.  Our answer is... if you're extremely allergic to nickel, trust us, you'll know!  If any 14k white gold ring irritates your finger, you may want to consider having it rhodium plated if it is an heirloom.  For new jewelry, consider ordering platinum, 14k yellow gold, or 14k rose gold instead. 




Above: hammered bands in platinum (top) and white gold (bottom)

We recommend that you keep your wedding set the same metal. (If your engagement ring is white gold, stick with white gold for the wedding band as well.) These metals look best when paired with the same metal. If you don't have Melanie Casey rings for both engagement and wedding, you should know that our white gold is warm compared to any jewelry that has been rhodium plated. Rhodium plating is a thin layer of metal with a bright platinum-like color.  We do not rhodium plate because it is not permanent, and we prefer to add a polished finish that will last a lifetime without annual upkeep.  If your engagement ring is 14k white gold, with rhodium plating, you may consider having a local jeweler dip your MC ring in order to get a more perfect match!

Sometimes the ring design itself can make the difference in whether platinum or white gold looks best. If you are designing a custom mini cluster ring, or building a Lady's Slipper ring with sapphire, the stone color could look better with one metal or the other. Our stylists would be happy to help you with this decision!

We hope this clears up some of your questions about white gold vs platinum! Either way you go, you'll receive a lovely piece, handmade with love :)

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Hello, dear readers! This week, we are introducing you to the lovely Shana, one of our client liaisons here at Melanie Casey. You've probably chatted with Shana on our live chat feature, or received prompt product or ordering help from her via email :)



Hey, everyone! My name is Shana, and I'm one of the Client Liaisons here at Melanie Casey. That means I get to interact with our clients via live chat or emails, and I also work in the shop to process orders and make sure our inventory is good to go! I prepare new orders for the bench so that our amazing jewelers can create them for you!

My journey to working in jewelry started after I graduated from Johnson and Wales with a degree in fashion merchandising and retail marketing. There, I developed a huge passion for the business of fashion and everything that goes into sourcing a product and putting it into stores. After graduation, I worked for a different jewelry company before I found Melanie Casey. When I saw her line, I just knew I had to work for her! Everything she creates is so lovely. I also loved the idea of working in a smaller jewelry business, because of the camaraderie that comes with a small team and because of the room it allows for creative ideas to be brought to life. Plus, I love that I get to wear a lot of different hats here at MC - I get to work with clients on ordering and customer service, but I also get to utilize my knowledge as a DCA Certified Diamontologist. (This means I took a looooong course to learn all about diamonds - more than I previously thought was possible! It's a fascinating topic to me.)







My favorite part of the job is hearing people's stories about their personal experiences or proposal ideas using our jewelry, and also watching from behind the scenes as brand new designs become popular! It's fun to see the creative process in its entirety: from just the spark of inspiration, to the development and casting, to the completed piece that makes our clients so happy!


One of the most fun non-jewelry related parts of this job comes in the form of Betty, the shop pup! She brings a lot of fun and levity to the day. Also, celebrating new members of the team or milestones of the business at our favorite Thai food place is always the best because we all get to kick back, relax, and talk about our love for jewelry! 



The list of my favorite pieces in the collection is always evolving as Melanie comes out with new designs. But, I would have to say either the Stargaze ring, Diamond Petticoat ring, or the Astra ring are in the running right now :)


When I'm not working, I am probably watching puppy videos online (thanks, YouTube!) or spending quality time with my boyfriend, Josh (apparently the Melanie Casey team has a thing for Josh's! haha!). I love to spend time with friends and family, traveling and exploring new places, and I am currently searching for a volunteer opportunity where I can take care of dogs! 

I am really glad to be here at Melanie Casey, and I look forward to working with you on your next jewelry purchase!




Hello, dear readers! This week, we are introducing you to the lovely Shana, one of our client liaisons here at Melanie Casey. You've probably chatted with Shana on our live chat feature, or received prompt product or ordering help from her via email :)



Hey, everyone! My name is Shana, and I'm one of the Client Liaisons here at Melanie Casey. That means I get to interact with our clients via live chat or emails, and I also work in the shop to process orders and make sure our inventory is good to go! I prepare new orders for the bench so that our amazing jewelers can create them for you!

My journey to working in jewelry started after I graduated from Johnson and Wales with a degree in fashion merchandising and retail marketing. There, I developed a huge passion for the business of fashion and everything that goes into sourcing a product and putting it into stores. After graduation, I worked for a different jewelry company before I found Melanie Casey. When I saw her line, I just knew I had to work for her! Everything she creates is so lovely. I also loved the idea of working in a smaller jewelry business, because of the camaraderie that comes with a small team and because of the room it allows for creative ideas to be brought to life. Plus, I love that I get to wear a lot of different hats here at MC - I get to work with clients on ordering and customer service, but I also get to utilize my knowledge as a DCA Certified Diamontologist. (This means I took a looooong course to learn all about diamonds - more than I previously thought was possible! It's a fascinating topic to me.)







My favorite part of the job is hearing people's stories about their personal experiences or proposal ideas using our jewelry, and also watching from behind the scenes as brand new designs become popular! It's fun to see the creative process in its entirety: from just the spark of inspiration, to the development and casting, to the completed piece that makes our clients so happy!


One of the most fun non-jewelry related parts of this job comes in the form of Betty, the shop pup! She brings a lot of fun and levity to the day. Also, celebrating new members of the team or milestones of the business at our favorite Thai food place is always the best because we all get to kick back, relax, and talk about our love for jewelry! 



The list of my favorite pieces in the collection is always evolving as Melanie comes out with new designs. But, I would have to say either the Stargaze ring, Diamond Petticoat ring, or the Astra ring are in the running right now :)


When I'm not working, I am probably watching puppy videos online (thanks, YouTube!) or spending quality time with my boyfriend, Josh (apparently the Melanie Casey team has a thing for Josh's! haha!). I love to spend time with friends and family, traveling and exploring new places, and I am currently searching for a volunteer opportunity where I can take care of dogs! 

I am really glad to be here at Melanie Casey, and I look forward to working with you on your next jewelry purchase!


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At Melanie Casey, the greatest feedback we can receive goes something like this:

"This piece is so me!"

We LOVE to create jewelry that reflects our clients' own unique style. Now, we've made that even easier with our new Sapphire Lady's Slipper Ring Builder!



Here's how it works:

1) Select your favorite stone from the dropdown menu. Maybe you like a light, soft hue, or perhaps you prefer bright and bold? The choice is yours! This builder offers a variety of lilac sapphires, but more options are soon to come!

2) Tell us what your ring size is. (If you're unsure, simply order a free plastic ring sizer or our Perfect Fit ring sizer! You can still order your Lady's Slipper ring right away so you don't miss out on your dream focal stone; we'll just mail you the sizer before we get to work on your creation!)

3) Choose which metal color you'd prefer. You can choose white, yellow, or rose 14k gold, or platinum if you love that cool, crisp look. If you'd like our input on the best color option for your selected stone, just shoot us an email at stylist@melaniecasey.com for personalized style advice!

4) Indicate which finish you like best - bright polish or brushed matte. This is a hard choice, and our stylists would be happy to assist with this decision as well! For photo comparisons of the different finish options, check out our blog post on the topic.



That's it! As soon as your order is placed, we will take a moment to "ooh!" and "ahh!" over your beautiful selection, then we'll get right to work creating the one-of-a-kind ring of your dreams!

The Lady's Slipper design and our sapphire editions in particular have been such a big hit with our clients that we are going to be adding more builder listings in the near future! Be on the lookout for a builder with blue sapphires very soon, or simply contact us to be added to the wait list for future Sapphire Lady's Slipper ring builders!






At Melanie Casey, the greatest feedback we can receive goes something like this:

"This piece is so me!"

We LOVE to create jewelry that reflects our clients' own unique style. Now, we've made that even easier with our new Sapphire Lady's Slipper Ring Builder!



Here's how it works:

1) Select your favorite stone from the dropdown menu. Maybe you like a light, soft hue, or perhaps you prefer bright and bold? The choice is yours! This builder offers a variety of lilac sapphires, but more options are soon to come!

2) Tell us what your ring size is. (If you're unsure, simply order a free plastic ring sizer or our Perfect Fit ring sizer! You can still order your Lady's Slipper ring right away so you don't miss out on your dream focal stone; we'll just mail you the sizer before we get to work on your creation!)

3) Choose which metal color you'd prefer. You can choose white, yellow, or rose 14k gold, or platinum if you love that cool, crisp look. If you'd like our input on the best color option for your selected stone, just shoot us an email at stylist@melaniecasey.com for personalized style advice!

4) Indicate which finish you like best - bright polish or brushed matte. This is a hard choice, and our stylists would be happy to assist with this decision as well! For photo comparisons of the different finish options, check out our blog post on the topic.



That's it! As soon as your order is placed, we will take a moment to "ooh!" and "ahh!" over your beautiful selection, then we'll get right to work creating the one-of-a-kind ring of your dreams!

The Lady's Slipper design and our sapphire editions in particular have been such a big hit with our clients that we are going to be adding more builder listings in the near future! Be on the lookout for a builder with blue sapphires very soon, or simply contact us to be added to the wait list for future Sapphire Lady's Slipper ring builders!





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