Melissa Engel Marterella's jewelry is much like her: Pretty and sophisticated, with thoughtful smarts and a touch of sass. It's no wonder, then, that what started as a hobby turned into a business that continues winning admirers. Marterella, 37, studied apparel design and worked in the corporate end of fashion for several years. About five years ago, she launched Belle Street Jewelry as a side gig from her Granville home, crafting lightweight pieces of sterling silver, 14k gold fill and precious and semi-precious stones (prices range from about $25 to $200). Now, the petite brunette is focusing solely on her jewelry while raising her baby girl, Grace. (Speaking of mommyhood, her chic mother's necklaces, which include birthstone charms, are among her more popular pieces.) She sells her goods at home parties and in boutiques like Enjoy Co. in Granville, Fritzy Jacobs in Worthington and On Paper in the Short North. "I love the creative aspect of it," Marterella said. "I'm one of those people who is creative and analytical."
To reach Belle Street Jewelry, write to bellestreet@gmail.com.