All designs in the Ant Haus range are made by hand from start to finish by jewellery designer, Melaney McCleary in her Sydney studio. Melaney is obsessed with contemporary design and so creating a label that focuses on contemporary jewellery was a natural step for her.
In each of her pieces, she uses traditional jewellery making techniques to create beautiful one of a kind pieces. She believes in eco-conscious practises and wherever possible uses recycled metals. She also replaces chemicals in her jewellery making processes with natural material alternatives.
She predominately uses Sterling Silver, Rose and Yellow Gold. These metals may be in combination with each other or alone. Contrasting finishes and curves feature strongly in her designs which create interesting movement as the piece is being worn.
Inspiration for her designs comes from many sources. The inspiration for her latest collection entitled “”Modern Nature”” came from her daily walks through the bush which led her to focus on nature’s amazing patterns. In particular she was inspired by the line work on tree trunks and its random beauty. This inspired her to create a collection of jewellery featuring a brushed lined texture to mimic the patterns she was seeing.
Her designs aren’t about fast fashion. They are thoughtful, timeless pieces that she hopes you will wear everyday and love forever. She takes great joy in hearing from customers who have been wearing her designs everyday for over 10 years. She is naturally drawn to strong graphic shapes and simplistic forms that sit beautifully when worn. Small details are important and each piece is lovingly crafted with that in mind.