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February 17, 2014


Animal Necklace

In 2007, University of Georgia grad Casey Melton teamed up with Texas native Shannah Frank to start Dallas-based f. is for frank.

Two years later, the duo – with degrees in sculpture and metal smithing — decided to take a break from designing custom architectural elements and create a line of hand-made jewelry ($20 to $275) that has a textural, sculptural and modern feel.

Cast pewter is their medium of choice, said Melton, who grew up in Roswell. But f. is for frank also offer pieces in 24-karat gold plate and rose gold plate. Recent best sellers include Jefferson (bunny, above) and Dunn (the fox, below) necklace and ring. The collection is hand-sculptured and resembles animal masks.

For their most recent collection, the artists were inspired by the shapes and lines of succulents. However, instead of sculpting, they made molds of the actual plant to capture its perfections – and imperfections.

Find f. is for frank jewelry in the Atlanta area at The Beehive, 1250 Caroline St. NE ( and Sq/Ft, 149 Sycamore St., in Decatur (

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