Get to Know: Maryellen Rooney of maine melon

We’ve been hooked on maine melon since early 2016 when Katharine bought her first (of now many) pieces from Maryellen. Katharine, like Maryellen, grew-up on the coast of Maine, and if you haven’t noticed, generally gravitates towards anything (ok, everything) with a nautical nod. Truly, toss some stripes on it, sold. Anchors? Lobsters? Buoys? She’ll take two. 

Our love affair with this coastal collection is getting serious; it evokes the feelings of beach days, summer nights and everything in between. #endlesssummer. Their well-known buoy bracelets along with all her unique pieces are locally manufactured in Maine and Rhode Island, in the same factory as David Yurman and Tiffany & Co. jewelry. nbd. 

Fun Fact: Some of maine melon's designs take 2-3 years from drawing to manufacturing. Learn more about the founder, Maryellen, below!

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HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE “WHAT YOU DO” IN ONE SENTENCE?

I design coastal and nautically inspired jewelry from life in Maine and New England.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE BRAND EXPERIENCE- OTHER THAN YOUR OWN?

Dudley Stephen without a doubt is a brand experience that I love! They have gone about their business in a very fun and exciting way with drop days and engaging lifestyle content.

WHAT GETS YOU EXCITED EVERY DAY?

Working for myself and always being inspired with new ideas from my surroundings on the coast of Maine! I get very excited with new ideas and tend to not force any of my designs. You can't force creativity!

WHO’S YOUR IDOL?

Tory Burch. I was lucky enough to meet her way back in 2010. She could not have been more gracious and was so genuine. She has a foundation to support women entrepreneurs. Love that she started her own business & is supporting other women trying to live out their dreams as well!

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE WAY TO DISCONNECT AND DE-STRESS?

Playing outside with Buoy - our 6 year old Golden Retriever.

WHAT CAN YOU NOT LEAVE HOME WITHOUT?

My Beacon Stud earrings. Wear them everyday!

WHAT’S YOUR SPIRIT ANIMAL?

Probably a Golden Retriever. I can't contain my excitement any time I see one!

WHAT’S YOUR CURRENT FAVORITE PODCAST?

I LOVE Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard.

WHAT’S ONE PIECE OF ADVICE YOU WOULD GIVE SOMEONE WANTING TO START THEIR OWN BRAND?

There is a Thomas Edison quote that I love, "Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work!"

If you think it's going to be easy, it won't be! But it will be worth it :)