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About

Conflict-free gemstone & recycled metal heirlooms for the exuberant heart

Knot & Splice is the title of work made by Nicole Jo Melton, a Florida Everglades native, multi-disciplinary artist and designer. Nicole has a background in goldsmithing, graphic design, photography and fiber art. She holds a BFA degree from the renowned School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), as well as a stone setting certificate from the highly regarded New Approach School for Jewelers.

Knot & Splice was founded in Chicago during the spring of 2012, with a firm belief in the values of handmade, quality American work. Early pieces included hand-beaded jewelry (inspired by Native American patterns) which quickly expanded to metalsmithed, hand-carved/cast, and U.S. stone pieces. After a serious spine surgery in 2014 (and chronic pain, as well as the early signs of auto immune disease), Nicole began focusing on small thoughtful jewelry collections (that forgo a traditional fashion calendar) and one of a kind fine jewelry.

Knot & Splice conscientiously sources ethically mined gemstones with unique characteristics for one of a kind jewelry that is set apart in both standards and beauty. We proudly use recycled metals that are milled by our suppliers (and participate in metal recycling of all scraps from our studio): Rio Grande in Albuquerque, MM and Stuller in Lafayette, LA. Our lost wax caster also uses recycled precious metals.

For several years we created jewelry for many wonderful small brick and mortar shops from around the world, but Nicole is currently focusing on working directly with clients.

We had the unique opportunity to partner with Frye boots in 2016 in their “Meet Our Makers: Chicago” series (alongside Koval Distillery) where we were featured in Frye’s video and photography series and later honored at a private dinner at the Frye flagship store in downtown Chicago. We have also been published in “Majestic Disorder” (print), “Ancestry Quarterly” (print), and as an honorary maker in “Voyage Chicago”.

Nicole makes every Knot & Splice piece by hand in her home studio—now located in the beautiful and artistically-vibrant Kansas City, MO. Her husband is both a talented musician and author of multi-published works. Nicole and Zechariah have two rescue dogs (both from local Chain of Hope rescue)—one with an antenna ear named June, and one piglet-looking pup who loves to give hugs and “talk” named Nova. 

If you’d like to follow our process in the studio from day to day, please follow us and our Stories on Instagram.
We have many goals and hopes for Knot & Splice in 2019. Nicole took an intensive stone setting course in early 2019 at the renowned New Approach School for Jewelers in Nashville, TN. She is applying trained techniques to her work and expanding made to order and one of a kind ceremonial offerings, but primarily focusing on commissions.
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Nicole with her husband and two rescue pups. [last 2 photos by: Shelby York Photography]