Melissa Cousins


I grew up doing fretwork and intarsia in my grandfather’s wood shop, and knew from an early age I wanted to go into the arts. I graduated from UGA with a Jewelry + Metals degree. I started at Aurum as an intern my junior year, and when I graduated I became a jeweler/designer here. I'm enchanted by an enameling technique called plique-a-jour - essentially miniature stained glass - and tend towards enamel, filigree, and forging in my work. I'm inspired largely by Art Nouveau and Etruscan jewelry, and my work thematically draws from the natural sciences, particularly zoology, botany, and mathematics; classical literature; and color theory.