Gifts for Inspired Living Melissa Lew started her namesake studio in the beautiful hills of Virginia in 2005. Inspired by adventure, timeless symbolism, and natural wonders, her gift ready, handmade jewelry celebrates the world around us and our experiences.
Each meaningful piece comes with a card and enclosure for easy gifting. There are a variety of messages to help you find the right words. Melissa Lew products can be found in retail locations across the United States, including museums, zoos, gardens, and boutiques.
Operating as usual
Remembering those who served and made the ultimate sacrifice. My gratitude to them and their families.
Happy World Turtle Day!
Did you know that the Kemp’s ridley is one of five species of sea turtles (and the smallest) inhabiting the Gulf of Mexico, all of which are either threatened or endangered?
If you've been following me for a while, you know I love animals and sea turtles are one of my favorites. I can't wait to announce the project I'm currently working on but here's a hint: it helps rescued sea turtles!
Rice is a staple in Asian cuisine and culture. Throughout Asia, rice is considered sacred and symbolizes well-being, health, luck, and prosperity.
And what better way to enjoy these onigiri than with tea from Teaism Penn Quarter. This is a cup of Tie Guanyin which is an oolong tea with a roasted, woody flavor. You can purchase their tea (and my handmade bamboo jewelry) at their tea shop at Penn Quarter.
Melissa Lew jewelry can now be found at Machicomoco State Park. Located on Virginia's Middle Peninsula, the land provides a diversity of wildlife habitats (from open fields to waterfront/marsh areas) that many animals call home, including birds of prey, many species of songbirds, deer, turkey, and fish.
Most notably, this park is dedicated to the history of the Native Americans who called this place home. Machicomoco is Algonquin for a special meeting place and it was created to honor the legacy and history of the native tribes of Virginia. I encourage you to visit to learn more about their story.
May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, so here's a to my first artist talk at AsiaStore at Asia Society in 2011!
It's fun for me to look back at old photos and designs and see how my designs have evolved.
You can find both my Asian inspired jewelry and greeting cards online (https://asiastore.org/designer-page/melissa-lew/) or in person at the museum gift shop in NYC.
Looking for meaningful Mother's Day or graduation gifts for someone who loves history, gardens, or the coast?
You can find my Colonial Williamsburg inspired pieces at https://shop.colonialwilliamsburg.com/search.php?search_query=melissa+lew or in person at Brick and Vine or Tarpley, Thompson & Company.
Melissa Lew jewelry can now be found at Rowan Tree, just in time for Mother's Day! The Treehouse Marketplace is open Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm and filled with lots of meaningful, handmade gifts.
May Day is Lei Day!
Happy Lei Day, a day celebrating the beautiful symbol and spirit of aloha - the lei! To learn more, attend the virtual Hawaiian Airlines May Day 2022 celebration (starts at 7pm HST, live from the Bishop Museum). Please visit http://www.kahulileolea.org/may-day-2022.html for more information.
Happy Earth Day from the North Shore! I can't imagine a better way to celebrate our beautiful planet...outdoors!
Conservation is a cause near and dear to my heart and I love working with groups to create custom designs that celebrate their animals and work. The Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center, an AZA accredited wildlife park, is based in West Yellowstone, Montana and is home to bears, wolves, otters, and so much more! For tickets and information, please visit their website at http://www.grizzlydiscoveryctr.org/.
Happy Earth Month! Melissa Lew's tropical garden inspired jewelry (handmade and eco-friendly!) is now available at Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens in Florida! As a non profit zoo, your purchases and admission supports wildlife at the zoo and in the wild. Since 2014, they have invested over $2.5 million dollars to save plants and animals around the world.
They have a rich history in conservation...and this is a cause near and dear to my heart.
For more information and tickets, please visit https://www.napleszoo.org/.
Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens
1590 Goodlette-Frank Rd
Naples, FL 34102
Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens • Naples, Florida Naples Zoo is a nationally accredited zoo and charitable institution in Southwest Florida that features a full day of fun activities. Plan your trip to the zoo, today!
Happy Manatee Appreciation Day! If you visit Orlando and love manatees, I definitely recommend a visit to Blue Spring State Park to view these amazing, gentle creatures. The crystal clear waters provide a wonderful opportunity to view them safely from the boardwalk.
Even with the wind, chilly temperatures, and flurries, the cherry blossoms are still holding on! It was a gorgeous weekend...did you get a chance to see them?
Keep the blossoms with you year round with the National Cherry Blossom Festival necklace and earrings, available at:
https://www.ncbfstore.org/cherry-blossom-necklace/ and https://www.ncbfstore.org/cherry-blossom-earrings/
Upcoming events: https://nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/all-events/
One of my favorite things about living in the DC metro area. 🌸
Celebrate in style with my National Cherry Blossom Festival necklace and earrings, available at https://www.ncbfstore.org/shop or at events such as the festival parade.
It's here! We're thrilled to officially announce that the cherry blossoms are at PEAK BLOOM!
Check out the BloomCam and plan your visit at www.nps.gov/cherry
Photo by Leslie Frattarolli, National Park Service.
Happy first day of spring! Spring is my favorite time of year, and I'm so happy it's here. The cherry blossoms will be hitting peak bloom this week and I'm excited to introduce my new cherry blossom design. The blossoms are fleeting, but I'm glad that I get to keep them close to my heart year round. 🌸🎉😍
Now available at http://shop.melissalew.com/.
Born and raised in Southwestern Virginia...hiking and exploring the outdoors quickly became one of my favorite things.
I have fond memories of visiting Natural Bridge on field trips and I'm so glad I got to stop by today!
Shaped by water over hundreds of years, this natural limestone arch is framed by the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Nature is incredible.
And this new piece celebrates my love of my home state.
First day of the Virginia State Parks Gift Show! So excited to introduce some new adventure inspired designs, such as this compass necklace. Adventure awaits!
International Women’s Day is a day to celebrate the achievements of women across the world.
Can I be honest with you? It’s hard to celebrate when you see the tragedy and suffering in Ukraine.
To the women in the Ukraine who are fighting, on the front lines or to keep their families alive and safe, my heart goes out to you. You are courageous, strong, and brave.
To the women in Russia who are speaking out against this injustice, thank you for your bravery.
If you can, I encourage you to donate to organizations like World Central Kitchen. They are providing warm meals in Ukraine and for refugees crossing into Poland…I hope these meals provide some comfort, which is why I’ve made a monthly commitment myself.
Inspired by the national flower of Ukraine, please see below for a link to an 8’x’8 art print of sunflowers. Feel free to post on social media to show your support for Ukraine. It is also a high res jpg, suitable for printing/displaying at home.
My adventure inspired eco friendly jewelry can now be found at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park in Colorado!
Right now they are currently open on weekends, but their spring season starts on March 11th (open 7 days a week).
Start your day with a gondola ride to the park and breathtaking views of the Rockies. Adventure awaits! 🥾🥾
Happy Women's History Month! Thank you so much for the feature - I love working with SSA Group to create pieces that celebrate animals and conservation. 🌿🌎
It's almost here! 🌸
Peak Bloom prediction is FINALLY HERE ! 🌈🌸
National Park Service just announced that peak bloom is predicted for March 22- March 25! 🎉🎉🎉
The announcement was made at the beautiful 1331 Maryland facing the Tidal Basin.
We can’t wait to see all the beautiful cherry trees blossom! Get ready for some very Instragrammable moments at the Tidal Basin and all over DC. Homeowners and business owners are celebrating spring with us too by decorating with blossom-themed decor!
by clicking the link below!
I was reading today about how the sunflower is the national flower of Ukraine, symbolizing resilience and unity...and this photo came to mind.
Tall, strong flowers reaching for the light. My friends in the Ukraine, my heart goes out to you all.
Friends in the US: World Central Kitchen is now mobilized in Ukraine and is providing meals. They are also in Poland providing meals to refugees at a 24 hour crossing point. I don't know how else to help, so I will be making a monthly commitment to World Central Kitchen and I hope, if you are able, that you will consider it too. 🌻
I'm an adventurer at heart. From hiking in Iceland to swimming in the ocean, I absolutely love being outdoors. So having durable jewelry is extremely important to me.
Happy to say, these can survive me!
These ocean inspired designs and more are available at http://shop.melissalew.com/. 🌊
Happy Lunar New Year! I hope your year is filled with happiness, health, and joy.
Traditionally, the new year is welcomed with sweets. So I made gluten free, plant based matcha almond cookies! I used ceremonial grade matcha from Teaism Penn Quarter. The cookies are like traditional Chinese desserts...not overly sweet and I love that the matcha comes through. Let me know if you'd like me to share the recipe!
Did you know that Teaism carries a selection of my bamboo necklaces? These make perfect meaningful gifts year round.
The Lunar New Year is just a few days away! 🧧🐲🍊 So excited!
If you're looking for meaningful gifts to celebrate the upcoming new year, AsiaStore at Asia Society carries both my jewelry and greeting card lines.
Lunar New Year is just around the corner - it's on Tuesday, February 1st and it is the year of the tiger! My family loves to celebrate with lots of noodles, dumplings, sweets, and auspicious wishes for the new year. Do you celebrate this holiday?
My auspicious necklaces can be found at museums across the country, including the USC Pacific Asia Museum. If you're in the Pasadena area, they have a lot of lovely, handmade gifts...a perfect way to celebrate good things to come.
Happy birthday Fiona!! 🥳🦛 Celebrate in style with her custom necklace, exclusive to the Cincinnati Zoo, available at https://shopcincinnatizoo.com/products/glitter-fiona-necklace!
January 24, 2022 ONLY: 24% off the ENTIRE Fiona Collection (except statues and books). Code is automatically applied at checkout.
Happy (belated) New Year! 🥳 I hope your 2022 is full of sunshine and cheer!
Studio update: I'm so thankful for your support this year! I will be taking some time off this month to rest, go on some adventures, and see what inspires me. All orders placed (starting today) will be shipped after January 19th. To find a retailer near you (for quicker delivery or pickup), please visit the link in my bio. Thank you! ☀️🌺
Melissa Lew started her namesake studio in the beautiful hills of Virginia in 2005. Driven by her love of bold design and bright colors, she creates modern, inspirational fashion and lifestyle accessories in her studio in South Riding, Virginia. She is inspired by the world around her – traveling, exploring the wonders of nature, and her own Chinese heritage. Her designs are meant to inspire and encourage. They celebrate individuality, friendships, experiences, and life’s milestones.
Her work has received numerous awards; she was named a Made in Virginia 2015 winner by Virginia Living Magazine.
Melissa Lew is also proud to partner with a variety of non-profits who share a vision of making the world a better, more inspired place.
Melissa Lew products can be found in retail locations across the United States, including museums, gardens, and specialty wellness boutiques.
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