Past principal sparkles with new career

By on June 18, 2010

SG woman launches line of religious-themed jewelry
by Paula Coughlan
SUGAR GROVE—Melissa Crisci loved her job as a teacher and then a principal at Holy Cross School in Batavia. But when her son was born, she decided on a new path she always had dreamed about—designing and selling faith-themed jewelry.

“I wouldn’t have believed a year ago that I would own a jewelry business,” said Crisci, who owns Steeple Stones Jewelry in Sugar Grove.

For a long time, Crisci had wanted to “wear her faith” through stylish and contemporary religious jewelry to complement her business attire. However, she found pieces like that were nearly non-existent. So, she began sketching hundreds of images of jewelry that she had pictured in her mind over the years.

Her jewelry designs became reality when she took her sketches to the owner of a jewelry store and casting business in Chicago and Steeple Stones Jewelry came into being.

“It seems like just yesterday that I started drawing jewelry designs in my notebook,” Crisci said. “I knew that I wanted to create pieces with a scriptural, symbolic or inspirational meaning.”

One of her customers, Donna Weiss, said Crisci’s jewelry struck her immediately as being unique.

“When I first saw Melissa’s pieces, I knew they were special,” Weiss said. “I’ve been able to give my family and friends gifts that are eye-catching and truly represent their faith. There is nothing similar to Crisci’s designs.”

Steeple Stones Jewelry has a showroom at 6 S. Main St., Sugar Grove, plus offers in-home parties and art shows. To see Crisci’s jewelry designs, visit

Fashion show
Melissa Crisci, owner of Steeple Stones Jewelry,
is hosting a fashion show Thursday, June 24, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
at the Fireside Grill in Sugar Grove. The event will feature
appetizers, beverages, special offers and prizes.
Fifteen percent of the proceeds will be donated to the
Sugar Grove Food Pantry. Call (630) 688-8524 for reservations.

Photo: Melissa Crisci owns Steeple Stones Jewelry in Sugar Grove, where she displays many of the unique pieces she designed. Courtesy Photo