Virginia State Parks Gift Show

The show is from March 15-16, 2022 at the Wytheville Meeting Center.
Inspired by adventure, symbolism, and natural wonders, Melissa Lew’s gift ready jewelry celebrates the world around us and our experiences. Each piece comes with a card and enclosure and can be customized for your destination. A range of customization is available; develop meaningful souvenirs and gifts that allow your customers to keep the memories of their visit close to their heart. Melissa Lew jewelry is handcrafted in Virginia from eco-friendly materials.
Trade Event: For more information and to register, please visit Photo ID and business card are required for entry.
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Handcrafted in the USA • Eco-Friendly and Small Batch • Women and Minority Owned (SWaM Certified in Virginia – #708045) • Member of the Museum Store Association • 2015 Made in Virginia Winner (Virginia Living Magazine)

Jewelry for Adventurers

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🌊

Photo of hand splashing in water with stainless steel water themed bracelets on wrist

Happy Lunar New Year!

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.
Picking up a round matcha almond cookie with an almond on top

Lunar New Year Gifts: USC Pacific Asia Museum

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 Holidays!

The senses. It’s how we remember trips, experiences, special occasions, etc.

The holiday season is always busy and I wanted to share a recipe with you that reminds me of the holidays. And is a reminder to take time and enjoy the sweet things in life.

This recipe showcases one of my favorite flavor combinations of the holidays – orange and chocolate.

I hope you enjoy it and may your holidays sparkle with moments of love, laughter, and joy!

Chocolate Orange Sablé Cookies (36 cookies)

  • 1 ¼ cup softened salted butter or vegan butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 egg yolk or Bob’s Red Mill Egg Replacer (1 1/2 tsp Gluten Free Egg Replacer + 1 Tbsp Water)*
  • 2 teaspoons orange extract
  • 2 cups 1 to 1 gluten free all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1-4oz bar of unsweetened baking chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1 orange
  • 2- 4oz bars of semisweet baking chocolate, finely chopped
  • Fleur de Sel

Cream butter and sugar. Add egg yolk and orange extract and beat until combined. In a separate bowl, mix flour, cocoa, and salt. Gradually add dry ingredients into wet and mix until fully combined. Mix in the bar of finely chopped baking chocolate.

Divide mixture into 2 and roll into 10” long logs. Wrap in plastic wrap and put in freezer for 1 hour (until firm).

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut ½” thick slices and place on parchment lined sheet about 2” apart. Bake 13 minutes and allow to cool on trays.

Place 1.5 bar worth of finely chopped semisweet baking chocolate in microwave safe bowl and microwave on high for 30 seconds. Mix and repeat until the chocolate is fully melted. Add remaining chocolate and mix until shiny and smooth.

Dip half of each cookie in the chocolate and place on parchment lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with orange zest and sea salt. Let cookies chill in the fridge until chocolate sets. Then enjoy, maybe with a cup of delicious earl grey tea!

Cookies can be stored in an airtight container for about 5 days.

*Or preferred egg yolk replacement

Now Available at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

Melissa Lew’s adventure inspired jewelry is now available at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park in Colorado! Glenwood Caverns, the only mountain-top theme park in the US, was recently featured by WFLA-TV Tampa as a must-see travel destination. Winter on the Mountain, their holiday lights and winter festival, runs now through January 2022.

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park
51000 Two Rivers Plaza Road
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

Now Available at Island Time

Melissa Lew jewelry can now be found at the Island Time gift shop at Wyndham Garden in Fort Myers Beach, Florida! My stainless steel pieces are skin friendly and durable, making these a great way to wear what you love (and memories of a great visit) close to your heart.

Island Time at Wyndham Garden
6890 Estero Blvd
Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931

2022 Calendar – Free Download

Inspired by geometric patterns (some that you may recognize from my jewelry) and the 2022 Pantone Color of the Year (#17-3938 – Very Peri), I created a free downloadable calendar that I hope you’ll find useful and enjoy in the upcoming year. 

I hope that your 2022 is full of beautiful, joyful, and inquisitive moments. Happy holidays!

Download my 2022 calendar here.