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About

Artist Bio & Inspiration 

"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive;
and to do so with some passion,
some compassion, some humor and some style." 
- Maya Angelou

Megan Rider Jewelry is a  handmade architecturally  inspired jewelry line based out  of Ojai, California; a small  artistic community in Southern  California.  Each piece and all  textures are carefully hand  sculpted in wax then cast in  silver, brass or 14K gold.  This  ancient “lost wax” jewelry  designing technique allows for  organic, abstract work that is  unique and one of a kind.  Duplicates are created in limited quantities.  All materials are produced or sourced in Los Angeles. 

Before discovering her passion for jewelry and starting her own line in 2013, Megan worked in high end interior design in Los Angeles for over a decade.  Spending her weekends and evenings trying new creative outlets like oil painting and drawing classes led her to a lost wax jewelry class at a little studio in Santa Monica.  She knew designing jewelry was the next step in her career when she found herself sketching and photographing ideas throughout her day.  Interior design and architectural elements such as window designs, tile and fabric patterns, metal work and historical details started catching her attention as possible jewelry pieces.  All of these experiences trained Megan’s eye for intricate details, natural textures, balanced proportions and complimentary colors that now define her jewelry line aesthetic. 

Studying architecture and art history in college showed Megan how history, religion, politics, cultural values, social status and person style can be expressed through art and architecture.  Similar to interior and architectural design, jewelry is an everyday and applied form of art. Megan considers jewelry to be a beautiful opportunity to express a little bit about who we are and what we value.  Each piece has been carefully crafted with attention to detail, function, quality and meaning. Please enjoy shopping for something you love or for a thoughtful gift.