Melissa Easton creates jewelry as a complement to her life as an industrial designer. For a long time she had difficulty reconciling the disparate aspects of those two pursuits: one devoted to creating objects high in function and longevity, and the other, a somewhat ephemeral exercise in making things as decoration. The two, it turns out, are not that far apart. "I don't want people to buy a lot...of anything, and what I've found is that when women purchase a piece of my jewelry, they end up wearing it all the time. Those objects become personal signatures and they never take them off."