In a sunlit conservatory just off her kitchen, Kellie Matherne Daniels sits down in what now serves as the main studio for Salome, her own contemporary jewelry label. Hailing from Bourg, La., the jewelry designer now resides in England.
The jewelry Kellie creates is designed around natural stones. She uses hand-selected, precious and semi-precious stones sourced from around the world to create unique legacy jewelry.
“When the stones arrive in my studio, it’s like Christmas morning. Every stone is unique and different. You’re never going get one that is exactly like another. It’s the stones really that inspire me,” Kellie explains.
While on a Christmas break trip to Italy, Kellie realized her passion for the arts and went on to receive her masters in liberal arts.
After stints in New York City and Las Vegas, Kellie and her husband returned to Louisiana and started a family with a new found hobby of jewelry making. Armed with ambition, their family of five moved to England a few years later where she began making more jewelry and eventually launched her brand online.
After being picked up by London based company, Wolf and Badger, Kellie’s line, Salome flourished. The company is named for her mother, Salome Matherne, who passed away in 1996.
“Having her name on my brand pushes me to do my absolute very best every day. I’m not going to have anything that’s below my level of quality or my standards,” says Kellie. Further inspired to fulfill her dream after losing her brother Dr. Matt Matherne in 2015, Kellie admits, “Part of this is for him.”
While the ultimate dream for Salome would be a free-standing shop in London where one day her daughters could join the business, she has set a few smaller goals for the near future. She hopes to see her brand enter into the markets of Madrid, Paris, Sydney, Milan and Denmark. Stateside, she has her eyes set on Las Vegas and Los Angeles.
Closer to home, Kellie is proud to feature her designs at Outside and In in Houma. Her newest collection, called L’Étoiles will be released in time for the winter holidays. Kellie describes the stellar collection as very romantic, full of stars and moons.
“The collection is very dreamy. I imagine the pieces as being very lovely to wear to holiday parties.”