Melina Clark studied fine diamond mounting, silversmithing and, jewellery design at Sir John Cass Faculty of Arts London. Winning 1st prize from the British Jewellers Association, gaining a certificate of Merit from the Worshipful company of goldsmiths, before winning the title of first female apprentice to serve with Garrad, The Crown Jeweller. Training along side some of the most talented craftsmen in London and helping with the remake of what’s said to be the Queen’ favourite Tiara an interchangeable Pearl & Emerald, Diamond Chain design.
She then worked with the Award winning Designer Goldsmith Mr Roger Doyle, of the Royal Collage of Art, producing in contrast very modern and contempary pieces for clients such as Mikimoto, from whom she was given the commission of producing life size, golden orchids, to showcase newly developed patterned, and coloured golds.
Melina now designs and produces her own individual style of jewellery, producing new and original work that's constantly evolving. She exhibits at, selected galleries as well as working to commission.
"When working with the precious metals and making jewellery the main thing is feeling the piece. I feel into what the form and shape wants or fits into, influenced by a gemstone if being included in a particular piece as well as the individual and purpose/occasion its intended for. Sometimes I can see a clear image of what a piece of work looks like before beginning, other times it’s a process that gradually develops as I work the metals, and shapes emerge. I strive for beauty, balance and to feel the piece has a harmony within it, as if it holds a particular musical note that will only ring true once the form has found its true place. My work is about quality, craftsmanship, and beauty."