Melissa started her jewelry business in 2009 eventually updating the name to Gem Lounge Jewelry in 2017. She is an 8th generation Mainer, having grown up in southern Maine before attending college in Louisiana. She graduated from Loyola University New Orleans with degrees in Political Science and Marketing. Ms. Evans moved back to New England upon graduation eventually settling back in her beloved state of Maine. While her roots in Maine keep her grounded in the beautiful state, wanderlust brings her on travels around the world. When not in the studio, you will find Melissa with her rescue animals, her other half Vito, and their young son on the lake or exploring the trails in Maine for her next inspiration.