Melissa Varon Weinberg

Morgan’s Jewelers, a third-generation luxury jewelry and watch store, has operated in the South Bay for more than 77 years. Melissa Varon Weinberg grew up in the industry as she watched her grandparents, father and uncle grow the business at the Morgan’s Jewelers locations in Torrance and Palos Verdes. In college she studied business and marketing while taking jewelry-making classes and attending the Gemological Institute of America. Melissa has joined her uncle, Russell Varon, in the Torrance location as they prepare for a complete remodel that will transform their retail store into an immersive jewelry experience, offering clients a curated collection from fine vintage pieces to today’s top designers.

What does success mean to you?

Success is about building a dedicated and engaged customer base that finds value in our offerings and trust in our services. It is about carrying forward the responsibilities to the legacy of a family business and giving back to the community. The ultimate success would be to see our business thriving for generations, to continue something so wonderful that my children would be proud to be a part of it. 

What motivates you to go to work every day?

I am passionate about jewelry, from the origin of the stone to the fine detail of design and creation, to matching a client with the perfect piece. I believe that the earrings or watch you wear every day are just as meaningful as the necklace you choose for a special event. Each piece should be a true representation of the style and personality of the wearer. Being a part of this intimate journey with my clients brings me great joy!

Have you had role models who influenced your career? 

Nothing inspires me more than the women I’ve met through organizations I’m involved in. From Sandpipers to Alliance of Moms, Women’s Jewelry Association and HeyMama, I am continually blown away by the power of women who do it all. These women model how to support their families, follow their dreams, grow successful businesses, and give time and resources to their communities and those in need. They create new possibilities for the rest of us.

Photographed by Franklin Matthews