Martell Studio

Malibu based designer Dana Martell comes to jewelry design as a natural progression from twelve years designing her highly recognized handcrafted line of shoes and handbags. She brings to jewelry her keen eye for colors, an eclectic mix of materials and the timeless art of peyote stitching, crochet and wire work. Her team of gifted artisans insures that each handcrafted piece of jewelry carries with it an individual character. Martell Studio

An avid collector of vintage textiles, findings and art some of her inspiration can be traced to years of exploring the flea market in Paris. The tribal pieces in the collection were inspired by a horseback riding safari in Africa where she met Masai tribes-people selling their beautiful hand beaded wares. A visit to Rhode Island offered an abundance of material wealth at an old three-story warehouse filled with vintage findings and treasures. The natural wonder of gemstones can be traced to a grandmother who collected uncut stones and geodes that would then shine a black light on the rocks to expose their radiant colors. Martell Studio

Along with the love of materials Dana has a passion for hand crafted needlework. Peyote, an off-loom bead weaving technique used from ancient Egypt to Native America beadwork is heavily incorporated in her bracelet designs. Using the peyote stitch she moves this ancient craft forward using gemstones, Japanese seed beads, metal, crystals, and leather arriving at the contemporary aesthetic that is the core focus of the Martell collection.

A native of Los Angeles, Dana’s creative foundation is derived from a family of artists. Surrounded by designers and a cast of eccentric creative characters she developed a deep respect for the creative process and for the importance of detail in achieving quality in her design work.

Martell Studio Early in her career she worked for the Studio Art Metal Shop making jewelry for films and television. Here she learned the basics of casting, soldering and plating. Years later, Martell Studio circles back to jewelry. This venture, using gems, pearls, beads, and leather, is merged with a vision inspired by travel, nature, and a passion for jewelry.

Martell Studio jewelry blends artistic modern design with sexy Hollywood glamour to create the highest quality fashion jewelry. Melinda’s fine crafted designs dazzle the red carpet and are worn by the biggest fashion icons in the world, prompting E! Television to brand her “Hollywood’s Bling Queen”. Martell Studio is worn by A-listers including Julia Roberts, Jennifer Lopez, Madonna, Selena Gomez, Emma Stone, Vanessa Hudgens, Megan Fox, Khloe Kardashian and many others on Hollywood’s most fashionable list.

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