Meet The Face Behind


A BRIKA maker story

Melody Shirazi

"Take bold risks. Always trust your instincts."
“Take bold risks. Always trust your instincts. Inspire confidence in your customers”

“Ill take my sketchbook and camera and spend hours walking around people watching.”

“I hope the thoughtfulness of the design shines through in our simple, geometrically inclined collection”

“Ill take my sketchbook and camera and spend hours walking around people watching.”

Melody Shirazi is a secret keeper, a book-club member, an amateur-country-line dancer and a BRIKA Maker. She has many talents, and always wanted to master an age-old trade, which is how ISOBELL came to be. “It gave me the opportunity to combine my passions of using my hands to build something and my photography to showcase it,” she says.

She looks to 1920’s architecture, the individual style of her friends, and traditional metalworking processes to create limited-edition pieces using raw stone, sterling and brass. Her attention to detail is impressive; she sets each stone by hand and enamels every brass piece. Melody’s goal is to create jewelry that inspires confidence, and for 2014, she’s “embracing everything monochromatic because it's such a timeless trend."

How do you get around creative blocks?

Long showers, or even longer drives down the California coast.

What is your design background?

I am formally trained in Fine Art Photography and Graphic Design. The evolution of ISOBELL came from my attraction to metals and my desire to express my cultural influences through design.

Who inspires you to do the work that you do?

I am inspired by the architecture and design of the 1920s coupled with the individual style of my closest friends.

Where was the last place you visited that inspired you?

This past year I visited Brooklyn, it was historic and pulsing; I can’t wait to go back again.


“Polishing and enameling each brass piece allows the studs to preserve their beauty for years to come.”