Since childhood, Melinda Maria Spigel has had a passion for creating artistic jewelry. Early on, she often dissembled her mother's jewelry to re-craft the pieces into original Melinda Maria designs. After studying gemology and the art of jewelry making in her mid-twenties, Maria turned her passion into a global enterprise, thus enabling to live her dreams every day. "The purpose of my designs is to make you feel beautiful, to bring people together, and to inspire compliments. The power of a compliment can make you feel more beautiful and confident than any personal possession. Bringing people together is what life is all about. My purpose is to help this process through the fabulous art of jewelry. Perhaps best known for being Julia Robert's pick and one of Oprah's favorite things, Melinda Maria jewelry is the favorite of multitudes of celebrities.