Melicia Phillips, creator of CHEFJEWELRY, is a professional chef turned jewelry artist. She has started her own line called CHEFJEWELRY. Combining her first love of cooking with her new passion for metalwork techniques, she has cooked up a collection of designs inspired by her life as a chef.
Melicia grew up on the lower east side of Manhattan, where weekend dim sum dumplings in Chinatown were a staple for her family and later became her first inspiration for jewelry design. The Pigs were born of a canapé cutter found in a culinary shop in Paris during her first food crazed trip there in the early 1980’s.
Chef Melicia was Chanterelle’s sous chef for some years and then went on to open her own restaurant in the Hudson Valley and teach culinary school in Vermont before her final stint as executive chef of Boston’s Durgin Park.
CHEFJEWELRY features dumplings, pigs, oysters, chef knives and cleavers, and other culinary inspirations, chef-crafted in sterling silver, bronze or 14K gold, all creatively fashioned into necklaces, earrings, charms, bracelets and pins. Melicia uses a variety of techniques, including pleating soft wax in much the same way as a dumpling wrapper, to create her designs.
All CHEFJEWELRY designs are locally made, using small independent casters in the historic jewelry making district of Rhode Island.
Melicia works in her studio in Worcester, Massachusetts with her two mini poodles to keep her company.