Meet Your Maker
From the very start, we have committed ourselves to support the community of artists around us. All of our pieces have been hand made in our own studio since 1997. Today, Melissa Joy Manning pieces continue to be crafted by talented artists and metalsmiths in our New York and California workshops. We are proud to introduce you to this part of our family, we're sure you'll love them as much as we do.
Fun fact: He snowboards!
Diwash Shakya was born and raised in Nepal, and moved to the Bay Area in 2001. He graduated from CSUCB with a degree in finance, but formally trained at the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts in San Francisco. A fourth generation jeweler, Diwash was exposed to the jewelry industry from childhood, helping his father around his workshop; cleaning, rolling metal, melting gold, and making chain. Diwash joined the Melissa Joy Manning studio in March 2015 and quickly rose to be a master jeweler. He is best trained in bezel settings and appreciates the transformation from raw alloy to a final piece. Diwash owns the store, Lotus Within Gallery, in San Francisco, where they specialize in arts and antiques from Nepal. He hopes to one day to return to Nepal and bring the skills he learned at MJM to his father’s business. Diwash’s Maker’s Mark is a combination of his last name in the Nepali and English alphabets, as these two cultures are deeply important in creating the person he is today.
Diwash's Maker's Mark
New York Studio
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Enjoys: Live music
Blythe Miller was born in Long Island, New York, and attended SUNY New Paltz in the Hudson Valley where she received her BFA in Metal. In high school she was inspired to learn more about metalsmithing while learning the trade in a small jewelry shop close by. Blythe has been working for MJM for over four years, starting as an intern and growing to Production Coordinator of the NY office. Her favorite part about making jewelry is challenging herself with complicated construction. Soldering being one of her strongest skills, she is intrigued by the process of making jewelry, and how it’s almost like putting together intricate and delicate gold puzzles that end up creating something beautiful. She describes jewelry making as an “interpretive dance” with metal, where there are so many small factors, motions, and visuals that have to be controlled and brought together in just the right way to make things work. Blythe’s makers mark uses her initials in a minimalistic aesthetic, focusing on the clean curves that flow into distinct angles.
Blythe's Maker's Mark
Our skilled bench jewelers work with precision to craft every piece of jewelry.
Hometown: Novato, California
What's in her bag at all times?: Googly eyes, for when the mood strikes
Hometown: Sacramento, California
Morning Routine: A cartwheel, to stretch her muscles
Hometown: Asheville, North Carolina
Fun Fact: Has lived in 16 towns in 7 States
Hometown: Aiea, Hawaii
Patronus: A Weasel