Melissa Kaye was born and raised in New York City. She has an undergraduate degree in computer science from MIT and a master’s degree in computational finance from Carnegie Mellon University. After years of working in finance as a quantitative strategist, Melissa decided to take a different direction and pursue a lifelong interest in jewelry. She started her foray into jewelry design by completing the jewelry design program at FIT. Melissa Kaye Jewelry was launched shortly thereafter.
Given her mathematical background, Melissa finds inspiration in geometric and natural patterns. She incorporates these elements throughout her line, bringing a modern edge to classic shapes. Pieces are cleverly engineered to capture form and function, highlighted by many subtle and unexpected details.
Melissa strives to create the go-to jewelry in a woman’s wardrobe. She believes there should be a “quiet sparkle” in everyday life, and designs truly wearable pieces while still reflecting luxury and sophistication.
The collection has amassed a significant celebrity following and has been featured in numerous publications including The New York Times, W, Elle, and InStyle.