Michelle doesn’t believe in machine-produced perfection. She prefers the distressed, marked up kinds of goods, the ones that have a story to tell. It’s the well-loved pair of boots, weathered wood furniture and distressed goods that strike her fancy. So it’s not surprising that the inspiration for her rustic jewels is the stuff of antique shops, flea markets and thrift stores. Every pair of earrings, necklace and bracelet is textured, intentionally beat up with hammers and given a antiqued patina, one at a time, for individual character. Her process ensures that no two are exactly alike, reinforcing the fact that each one was produced by human hands.