Maker: Melissa Carter
Based in: Indianapolis, Ind.
Price range: $20 to $40

“When I couldn’t find jewelry and accessories that fit my style, I decided to make my own,” Melissa Carter says. “I already loved working with wood, so the medium was a natural choice.”

Carter is a graphic designer by day but she makes jewelry and accessories for men and women. “I started selling pieces to sustain what I saw as a hobby,” she says. “The response from customers and the enjoyment I get from creating grew the hobby into a business.”

Fun Fact: I often ride a ’78 Honda Express moped around town. I make killer vegan cupcakes. I love growing vegetables.

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