Mel Des Jardins

Midnight Ice
Meet the Designer-Artist

Where do you live?
Batavia, Illinois

What inspires you as a designer-artist?
Flowers, unusual color combinations, piles of beads--I guess you could say just about everything gives me inspiration.

What medium do you work with mostly?
Natural stones, Crystal and metal.

Why did you become enchanted with this style of jewelry-making?
It just looks timeless and elegant. Plus, there are so many different ways to enhance it.

Where and How do you sell your jewelry?
My website,, trunk shows, and fundraisers.

What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
Midnight Ice

What inspired this design?
The stark beauty of a cold, dark, winter night.

How did it come together?
I just started weaving and it took off.