Mishakaudi: jewellery making in the bones
When you look back over Marissa Lewis’ life it was almost inevitable that she would become a jewellery designer.
Mishakaudi was started by Marissa in 2010. Her parents have been in the jewellery manufacturing and sales business her entire life. Making jewellery and creating unique pieces that are affordable for everyone is her passion. Her husband also helps with the business and this has allowed Marissa to expand the company. But why did she call it Mishakaudi? When Marissa was learning to talk as a small child, her mum would ask her what her name was and she would reply “Misha Kaudi Canoe”, which was her version of Marissa Kelly McAndrew (her full name). Since then her family has always called her Mishakaudi, Misha or Mish for short, and it has stuck with her throughout her life.
Marissa’s jewellery is really unique and you can see tribal elements running through her collection. This Racklin necklace is really unusual and you can imagine it being worn by a woman from a tribe. This Diara necklace is so simple but effective and would funk up a simple t-shirt. Her earrings are amazing and you can imagine them being a talking point. The Tilly and the Goneva glass brass earrings truly stand-out.
You are literally spoilt for choice at Mishakaudi. If you love your tribal pieces then you will love what Marissa has to offer.
Everything. Really I get inspiration from people, places, culture, places I’ve travelled like Ecuador, Jamaica, Indonesia. I am very into geometric design patterns, so I try to take those ideas and put a modern twist on them. I would say my strongest influences are tribal, native, bohemian, futuristic, spiritual, ritualistic and art deco. I am constantly changing my lines and create new pieces almost daily. I also have a love for the art of business and marketing in general, so I create simple lines that fit into specific markets.
I always want it to be fun, funky and affordable. I keep it positive, meaning I like things that create positive emotions in the wearer, like words of inspiration. I stay away from using leather or real feathers (that’s the vegan me). I want my jewellery to carry good energy vibrations always!
I just want them to have fun wearing it. I try to make my jewellery really affordable, so every stylish gal can wear trendy jewellery and express themselves! Be happy! Be healthy! Be yourself!
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