our story begins in the 1980s with melanie barse. melanie began her adventures in jewelry in her native ft. worth texas with a small gift store run with her mother nancy moore. melanies natural ability to speak many languages lead her travels to mexico where she was one of the first people to begin importing sterling into the us from taxco mexico. her natural sense of fashion allowed her to select the trendiest designs. as a twenty something melanie would scout the best pieces and bring them back to sell at the store.