It isn't a surprise that, Melissa Shelly, the creative
force behind Creo Que Designs™ is also a painter and a
former actress. Although she was always drawn to the arts,
what form that would take wasn't always clear.
Being a collector of important jewelry, Melissa began designing
her own line of charms while in graduate school in the early 1990s.
While studying in southern California, she found the
Spanish culture fascinating and was inspired by the expression, creo
que, which translates in English to mean “I believe that,” a
significant name as each piece is a symbol of belief and represents
her philosophy that our attitudes and thoughts create our realities.
“I always had collected charms, however, I wanted to wear and design
something more substantial than those of my childhood.” Drawn to
symbolism, Melissa decided to use this eternal language to create a
collection of unique charms giving new form to a classic tradition.
Melissa, who also holds a Ph.D. in Psychology, notes that the study and
perception of images and symbols is integral in the human psyche as
well as in her work as an artist and designer. “While the end
product is a beautiful combination of fashion and design,” she says,
“it is more a message of the collective unconscious which we all
In her free time, Melissa enjoys painting, practicing yoga and
designing interiors. She resides in the Pennsylvania countryside
with her husband, son, three cats and a dog.
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