Founded in 2016 by Melissa Spencer, Spencer Fine Jewelry re-invents the art of traditional jewelry portrait miniatures by pioneering the Spencer Portrait™ gemstone.
The gemstones are created through a proprietary process of projecting an image into a gemstone using natural gemstones, including Rock Crystal Quartz, Mother Of Pearl, and occasionally Diamond. The gems are then set into customizable frames of 18K Gold, and Sterling Silver, and adorned with diamonds and colored gemstones. The designs exemplify a style which draws inspiration from Egyptian, Byzantine and Victorian Eras, in conjunction with this distinctly contemporary cutting edge technique.
Historically, hand painted portraits in lockets were the fashion trend of nobility and royalty. Later, dogs, horses, birds, and other animals took form in Reverse Intaglio designs. The Spencer Portrait™ re-imagines the subject of these treasured objects, while maintaining their intention -- the depiction of what the heart holds most dear, forever immortalized in an authentic gemstone.
DESIGNER AND INNOVATOR
Melissa Spencer is a jewelry designer whose creations blend contemporary style with antique legacy. Her inspiration originates from integrating her education in photography, architecture, and fashion design with the craft of fine jewelry making. She holds a B.A. in Photography from Southern Methodist University, and a G.J.G. from the Gemological Institute of America. Melissa's studio is in Los Angeles, CA.