The namesake originated from Carmelena, a term of affection meaning " dear + golden". I inherited my middle name, along with a zest for design from the matriarchs before me who laid their groundwork in Manhattan 100 years ago. Italian heritage, and adoration of the 80's have inspired Melene Kent Jewels for two decades. These designs are timeless, often described as "sophisticated rocker chic". The scarab motif has been symbolic of good fortune & overcoming obstacles since ancient times. MKJ designs were first publicly displayed at Boston Fashion Week, subsequently commissioned by Bloomingdales, fine boutiques and clientele worldwide.
The concept of "permanent" jewelry is one I've adored since childhood, admiring tightly fitting jade bangles adorning beautiful women on the pages of National Geographic. The thought of growing into a piece of jewelry was captivating. Then came friendship bracelets, pins and best friend necklaces. Spotting my BFF sport her jagged half as we passed in the hallways, knowing she never took it off filled my heart. Elements of symbolism have always been incorporated into MKJ creations, and eternity jewelry became a natural extension. Heirloom pieces, gifts and jewelry related to special occasions are priceless. Memories and love are housed in those metals and each tells a story. Jewelry at its best evokes a feeling, an extension of your spirit.
MKJ ethically sources materials and utilizes recycled metals from the US, Italy and India. Designs are handmade, fair-trade, small batch and guaranteed to last a lifetime.