Feature Friday Q&A with Tomer & Tanya Mikaeilyn of Artemer Fine Jewelry Design

This week's artisans have been on my "Favorites" list for ages!  I am a huge, huge fan other their animal charm pendants and cannot wait to get my hands on one!  And, yes, I have even left my share of 'not-so-subtle' hints around the house for the Mr. about them.  

Artemer Fine Jewelry Design calls a small hamlet outside of Jerusalem home.  But, their designs are so simple and straightforward that I am shocked they haven't been seen more in the tabloids on some of our favorite celebs!  They are perfect for layering and stacking with everything!  Take a look at their beautiful designs and I think that you will agree!

Enjoy this week's Feature Friday Q&A with Tomer and Tanya Mikaeilyn of Artemer Jewelry Design!

Tomer & Tanya Mikaeilyn of Artemer Fine Jewelry Design.

1.  What prompted your passion for jewelry and jewelry design?
Tomer:  My grand-grandfather was a goldsmith.  My childhood house was filled with the beautiful objects he created.  I liked the nobility of the materials used in jewelry design.  I liked that it's wearable objects which connects to a wearer's personality. 

Tanya:  I have a BFA in fine art.  Jewelry design never even crossed my mind, before I met Tomer.  When we became a couple, he start sharing all of his jewelry design ideas with me, asking for my opinion, for my point of view.  So, gradually I really got into this and we start coming up with the designs together, chatting, drawing and arguing in our kitchen til the small hours of the night. 

Thin Gold Blue Sapphire Stacking Ring in 14k solid yellow gold, $240.
This dainty ring is a perfect stacker & is available in a variety of stones so you can have one to match every outfit!

2.  What is your favorite piece or collection?
Tomer:  The marquise diamond crown ring and the dog and snake ring.

Tanya:  I noticed that each new collection becomes my favorite one.  So today's favorite is our "crown ring" collection - which is the most recent one.  I guess the most recent designs represent our jewelry vision in the most accurate way.  I feel that we grow and evolve with each new collection.

Marquise Diamond Engagement Ring with Pave Diamonds Crown - 0.25 carat marquise cut diamond in 18k solid yellow gold, $1,400.

3.  What would your perfect “jewelry day” involve / be like?
Tomer:  Make that first desired piece which will become the start of a new collection.

Tanya:  Put aside routine work and work on new designs, a new photo-session or go a new direction.

Gold Fox Necklace / Pendant in 14k solid yellow gold, $480.
This is my favorite Artemer design!  Afterall, who doesn't want to be crazy like a fox?!

4.  Thus far, what would you say is your proudest jewelry moment or memory?
Tomer:  The feeling of creation - a feeling that I have gotten to a place where no one has been before.

Tanya:  I'm very proud of our work, but I feel that our proudest jewelry moment is still ahead of us!

The 0.3 Carat Trillion Cut Diamond Ring in 18k solid yellow gold, $1,480.
I love the thick band on this engagement ring!

5.  Where do you find your greatest inspiration?
Tomer:  In people - poets, musicians, artists, lawyers...

Tanya:  Peter Greenaway films; our neighbour Feiga; my Instagram feed... the list is endless! 

6.  In your personal wardrobe, do you find that you gravitate to one particular jewelry accessory (rings vs. necklace vs. bracelets vs. watches, etc.) more often than others?
Tanya:  Although I change my rings frequently, one of my favorite rings and the ring that I wear the most is our Dog & Snake Ring. 

Gold Signet Ring Dog & Snake Ring in 18k solid yellow gold, $880.

7.  What advice would you give to budding jewelry designers? To budding fine jewelry collectors?
Tomer:  To a budding jewelry designer - don't attempt to do shortcuts in your work.  Shortcuts will always stab you in the back.

Tanya:  To budding jewelry designers - the most true and useful advice would be this saying:  "Eyes are scared, but hands are working."  I think of this saying each time something seems too hard or too complicated.  So, I just start doing. 

Flash Question - Dream trip destination?
Tomer: Kamchatka (My wife has already been there.)

Tanya: Iceland

A .10 Carat Pear Diamond Ring in 14k solid yellow gold, $610.
This beauty is perfect for an egagement ring or a stacking ring!  It's also available in different
diamond cuts as well as different carat weights so you can find the perfect fit!

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