James Spinelli Jewelry

Melissa James

Artist’s Statement

Being big-boned and full-figured, it was difficult to find jewelry that would not only fit, but fit comfortably. As much as I wanted to buy jewelry for myself, I couldn’t find anything that spoke to me. Eventually I thought, What if I made it myself? Now mind you, I did not know a thing about making jewelry, beaded or otherwise. But I figured I’d give it a shot. I started out with seed beads which sometimes wound up all over the floor, and then graduated to larger beads — still winding up all over the floor. I experimented with different sizes, shapes, colors…semiprecious stones, glass beads, beading wire…findings, clasps…transite. It was wonderful! I was hooked.

Soon friends were asking where I got my jewelry. When I told them that I made it myself, the encouragement to sell my designs was overwhelming. Could I? I wondered. Am I good enough? I pondered. Would people really want to buy what I made? I queried.

Therefore, after eight years of hard work, ruled by a passion for creating unique jewelry and inspired by wonderful customers like you, James Spinelli Jewelry was born.

Today my mission is to create beautiful, one-of-a-kind pieces to accentuate your own of kind spirit and flare!

On my journey, I met many wonderful people and blossomed in the joy of creating. But there was something missing. I couldn’t put my finger on it. As much as I loved creating and sharing my work, I wanted to give something else. Something meaningful. Something that would give back to the community. It was then that I met a truly wonderful and giving soul — Kenisha Lilliane-Nicole, founder of My CARE Initiative and Break Through Silence.

Break Through Silence is a division of My CARE (Community Arts, Research & Education) Initiative, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that aims to create awareness, understanding and healing for victims of child abuse and sexual assault through varied arts and cultural expressions. By empowering supporters and survivors alike, participants in Break Through Silence events become aware of local resources, connect with others affected by abuse, and learn of ways to be further empowered and healthy. The lingering consequences of abuse affect the individual as well as our society as a whole. Knowing you can move out of the shadows of abuse and into the light of progress is the goal of Break Through Silence.

After meeting with this inspiring woman, I knew I had to be a part of her mission in some way. Therefore, part of the proceeds from sales will go to benefit My CARE Initiative and Break Through Silence. If you would like further information about this incredible organization, you may contact Kenisha through the following:

Kenisha Coy — kc@mycareinitiative.org — 978.59CARE4 (978.592.2734)