MEET MELANIE AULD, FOUNDER AND CREATIVE DIRECTOR OF MELANIE AULD JEWELRY
Melanie Auld Jewelry turned 6 years old this past June! She started her business in Vancouver after spending time living and travelling the world so it’s no wonder, many of their beautiful pieces are inspired by travel. And what a journey it has been… what started out as an artistic endeavor has turned into so much more. Melanie Auld Jewelry has evolved over time to be so much more meaningful then she could have ever imagined, to herself, her team and to their customers. She believes that jewelry holds precious memories, stories and energy, and as they embark on our sixth year in business, they plan to showcase this even more boldly then before.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START YOUR BRAND?
I started Melanie Auld Jewelry (MAJ) in 2013 after moving back to Vancouver having spent the previous 12 years living in 13 different cities for my husband’s job. After seeing so much of the world, I was ready to settle down and really create something of my own. I have been designing jewelry since I was 22 and really can’t imagine a more rewarding creative outlet. MAJ is inspired by so many important facets of my life; travel, art, history, architecture, and people with all their cultures and stories. It’s sometimes difficult to explain how that all flows together and allows me to create collections of jewelry but it works!
WHAT'S THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE THAT HAS SHAPED YOUR JOURNEY?
Trust your gut. It’s hard when you first start not to say yes to everyone and everything but I think a woman’s intuition is strong. Listen to yourself and your emotions they are one of your most powerful tools.
ONE TIP FOR BUILDING YOUR OWN BRAND OR BUSINESS?
Know that you always have options. Things might not be going the way you’d like, but a successful entrepreneur isn’t measured by their success but by what they do after a failure. We all fail along the way; you do have the ability to learn and grow and change. Being adaptable and strong willed is one of my most positive attributes as a founder.
WHAT DOES YOUR ULTIMATE SUNDAY CONSIST OF?
A lazy morning in bed with coffee followed by an afternoon walk at the Spanish banks with my kids, husband and dog. Ending the day with a glass of wine and BBQ with friends. The best days are always the ones with enough time to really enjoy the people in your life!
CURRENT NETFLIX BINGE?
13 Reasons Why, also my husband and I are re-watching the Office from start to finish.
WHO INSPIRES YOU?
Anyone who is bold enough to just go for it in life. Whatever that “it” is, whether it’s what they want in their personal life or professional life. Vancouver has a lot of entrepreneurs and artists and I think it’s so inspiring and refreshing to see people living life on their terms, re-defining what making a living looks like and allowing themselves more time to really live.
DESERT ISLAND BEAUTY PRODUCT?
FAVE PLACE TO ROCK YOUR ROMPER?
My patio! Coffee in the morning and wine in the evening, it’s my happy place and my Smash + Tess Romper is the perfect addition! So comfortable!
WHICH GUILTY PLEASURE INSTAGRAM ACCOUNTS ARE YOUR FAVE INSTA-FOLLOWS?
I am an interior design nerd, so @sarahshermansamuel, @threebirdsrenovations, @sarahellisonstudio and my favorite artist @carolinewallsart
WHOSE POSTER DID YOU HAVE ON YOUR BEDROOM WALL WHEN YOU WERE 12 YEARS OLD?
We not only love Melanie but we also love her beautiful jewelry so we’ve teamed up with her to give away these beautiful gold hoop earrings! Head over to Insta and get in on the giveaway.
GIVEAWAY // We've partnered with @melanieauldjewelry and we want to give YOU a Romper of your choice AND @melanieauldjewery's Modern Hoops! What a combo, right?!
TO ENTER: follow us + @melanieauldjewelry and tag THREE friends telling us which Romper you want!
Winner will be announced on September 26th. Good luck, #smashtessfam!