My name is Melanie Pilote and I am the founder and designer of the jewelry brand Melanie Stones. Since I founded my company in January 2015, creating customized high-end jewelry with pearls, diamonds and semi-precious stones is part of my daily life.
I am also the proud mother of an 8-year-old girl, Estelle, who is my uttermost strength and inspiration in this amazing and magical adventure of mine.
Those who have read my story understood that, as a child, my very first dive into the world of beauty has been through fine arts and gradually I’ve come to trust my artistic calling and talent, in which I took great pride.
Nevertheless, in the eighties, the criteria for choosing a career consisted mostly of academic results and opportunities. At 13, when I proudly proffered to my parents my dream of becoming a hairdresser, they quickly decided the time had come to put me on the “right track”. A track that proved to be far from fulfilling, to say the least.
After two bachelor’s degrees in engineering and actuarial studies and almost 20 years of consulting with large companies, I had a feeling that during all this time I hadn’t been in the right place. Still, in my childhood, I was certain that I was bound to accomplish great things. Or was that just my most treasured wish ?
Toward the end of my thirties, I discovered the world of business through my spouse from that time, who was himself a businessman. Sharing his daily life, I started to cherish the idea of becoming a businesswoman, but a question arose: “doing what exactly?”
One day, I had the chance to meet an expert in branding with whom I had a long talk and who helped me find the essence of my identity, a gift that each of us receives at birth. Six weeks later, my gift turned out to be: recognizing true beauty.
So, I decided to go « all in », to quit my comfortable and well-paid job and enroll in a 13-week class on entrepreneurship. Only a few months later have I come to the conclusion that I wanted to make jewelry, especially bracelets from semi-precious stones.
I could proudly say that I started from scratch, but actually that’s not exactly true : my starting point was fierce determination, complex experiences and professional qualifications, as well as artistic skill.
Today, when I think back, I still can’t believe that I was able to change my career so drastically. But at the same time, I understand that I just listened to my intuition, that little inner voice telling me that everything was going to be all right and that the change was absolutely necessary.
Having said that, please allow me to invite you into my universe of high-end jewelry design, in the heart of Montreal. You must have guessed: every piece is created with passion.