Richard Melancon never gets tired of creating. The retail jeweler and his wife, LaNell, have won more than 30 state and national jewelry design competitions, yet they remain enthusiastic about each new piece they create. Harmonizing the delicate balance between creativity, feasibility and aesthetics, Richard and his team of jewelry craftsmen never fail to produce pieces that are both stunning and unique. His latest creation, Croix du Soleil, is no exception. Winning 1st place at the inaugural SJTA Torch Awards, Croix du Soleil was born out of a request from his wife and some very beautiful canary yellow diamonds. The piece has taken not one but two 1st place awards in the past year, and his enthusiasm has yet to wane.