Born with a rebellious and creative curious spirit, Michelle Pajak-Reynolds began designing jewelry at 5 years old after being inspired by the power bracelets and tiara worn by actress Lynda Carter in the Wonder Woman television series. And her history with jewelry goes back even further as her parents met and fell in love across a jewelry case; Michelle's mom was a jewelry department manager, and her dad was a Cleveland Clinic police officer.
As a young child, Michelle used her babysitting money to teach herself basic beading and wire-wrapping techniques with supplies from her local craft supply store. Her formal jewelry and metalsmithing training began in a 10th grade jewelry class at Mentor High School, and she went on to perfect her artistic and business skills via a BFA in Jewelry from Kent State University and an MBA in Entrepreneurship from Baldwin-Wallace University.
Michelle founded her eponymous jewelry company in 2001 and specializes in small collections of one-of-a-kind designs. Handcrafted in gemstones, pearls and ethically sourced precious metals in her Ohio studio, Michelle’s creations are elegant and ethereal art to wear that stirs the soul. In addition to designing her signature collections, Michelle works one-on-one with collectors to create breathtaking custom designs.
Michelle Pajak-Reynolds’s jewelry is highly sought after by editors, fashion stylists, celebrities, and collectors. Her pieces have been exhibited internationally and worn by celebrities including Raven- Symone, Sophia Bush, Jillian Barberie, Nona Gaye, Dina Manzo, and Miss Brazil Debora
Lyra. Michelle's designs have been featured on the red carpet at the Primetime Emmy Awards, the runways of New York Fashion Week, aboard the United Nations Peace Boat, and in numerous publications including National Jeweler, MJSA Journal, Metalsmith, Niche, on the covers of Grace Ormonde Wedding Style, LA Brides, and Created Woman magazines.
Michelle's work has been recognized with a Distinguished Sales & Marketing Award from Sales & Marketing Executives International, an Arts Business Challenge Award from the Council of Smaller Enterprises and she is the winner of the Manufacturing Jewelers & Suppliers of America Old Becomes New Design Challenge (2010).