Melissa Pocek of
Mentha Shine Design
Boston, MA & San Francisco, CA
"Designer Melissa Pocek creates jewelry using gems and raw texture, resulting in pieces that have a minimalist, modern look. Semi-precious stones are used as accents along with chains in gun metal, sterling silver, gold, and bronze. Her pieces are often defined by natural material that are more typically seen on ocean floors and in natural history museums.
Wire weaving and metal-smithing are Pocek's primary sculpting methods. This allows her to create pieces that combine a feminine look with the strength of industrial metals
. Her designs are created in her studio, a charming artists' loft in Brookline, MA.
Pocek got her start in 2008 after traveling throughout Eastern Europe, Japan, and Germany collecting precious stones, pearls, and inspiration along the way. Today, Mentha Shine Designs can be found in boutiques around the United States."
An Interview with Melissa Pocek:
- Do you have a method or source you look to use for inspiring your designs?
I am influenced by the styles and designs that I've seen while overseas. I absolutely adore the Japanese minimalist style and their focus on simplicity in clean, but powerful designs. Then on the other side of the spectrum, I love the bold colors and quirky designs of Denmark.
- How often do you work on your jewelry designs?
I spend at least ten hours a week perfecting a design or cranking up music, which always inspires me to create some new pieces. I love tinkering and if left alone, I would be in the shop creating jewelry all hours of the night.
- How would you describe your design style or technique?
It's your Friday night glam up your work clothes piece of jewelry. Not too heavy, but enough of a statement to make you feel empowered and sexy!
- Do you work in any other mediums beside jewelry design?
I am your typical creative type with a business edge. I write, photograph, DJ at local clubs, and when all the possibilities in life overwhelm me - I run to stay balanced and focused.
- What is your favorite stone to work with, and why?
I love Emeralds. And now that Pantone announced it is their jewel-toned hue of the year; I guess that puts me in good company. Emeralds our chic, sophisticated, and bold. They pair nicely with just about everyone's complexion whether you're a blonde, redhead, or brunette. This gem has got you covered.
- What is your favorite shape/size to work with, and why?
I like creating tiny intricate pieces. I will probably ruin my eyesight by the time I get to 40, but for now I rock a good 20/15 - superhero vision.
- If you could pick one person living or not to wear your jewelry who would it be and why?
Well, I think my jewelry style would look awesome on Michelle Obama.