Inside the Colorful World of M. Spalten Jewelry

Melissa Spalten draws inspiration from her San Antonio childhood for her colorful, gemstone-filled M. Spalten Jewelry line Most teenagers see getting grounded as a bummer. Melissa Spalten saw it as an opportunity: “I made cuff bracelets the whole time I was stuck at home,” laughs the 32-year-old designer behind the West Hollywood–based M. Spalten Jewelry. “I used sculpting clay and pressed in little seed beads and glued rhinestones on. It was so fun for me to try to come up with something I could make and wear.” That kind of defeats the purpose of grounding, but it does make for a fitting anecdote for a future jewelry designer. Known for her colorful, eye-catching pieces, Spalten has been cultivating her distinctive aesthetic ever since she was a young child growing up in San Antonio. “I was really inspired by papel picado”—the Mexican folk art of cutting colored paper

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