Melene is short for Carmelena, originating from the Italian word "golden". Christie inherited her (middle) name Melene along with a zest for design. Her heritage, and adoration of the 80's are reflected in the collection. MKJ is characterized by a sophisticated rocker chic vibe, both classic and edgy.
The elements of texture and symbolism are thoughtfully considered in each design. MKJ creations are handmade and one of a kind. Each piece is made with the intention for it to be worn in health and happiness. MKJ ethically sources materials, utilizes recycled metals and contributes to the Toolbox Initiative, providing supplies to artists in West Africa. Christie has volunteered at Shriners to help rehab fine motor skills through jewelry workshops.
The scarab motif has been symbolic of good fortune & overcoming obstacles since ancient times.