We have always endeavoured to create a vibrant studio space where customers can embark on a creative journey with us to create a personalised piece of jewellery unlike anything they’ve seen before.
We believe that this is the only way for good jewellery to be created: not mass-produced, but made individually, each piece truly unique, and inspired by the person who will wear and enjoy it forever.
There is a Hebrew proverb "Know where you come from, and where you're going".
Here then is where we we came from.
The day after Eytan and I were married, we took all the money we’d received at our wedding and went to Tel-Aviv to purchase jewellery-making equipment. Then we set up a workshop inside our small apartment in Haifa and Eytan began to experiment...
Within a few months we’d built up enough stock to make the twice-weekly trip to the Nahlat Binjamin Markets, an artists’ and makers’ market in the heart of Tel-Aviv. We loved going there to sell our work and spend time with other artists involved in all manner of creative ventures. Our first son grew up there, in a little cot right next to us.
The Gulf War had a big influence on our lives as young parents in Israel. We decided it was time to experience different places and ways of life, so we set off on an adventure and arrived in South Africa—the ‘land of gold and diamonds’.
We lived in Johannesburg and turned the living room into a workshop. The bench was a desk we asked the shopkeeper to cut for us into the shape of a jeweller’s bench, the motor was hanging off an old broomstick…
There Eytan made beautiful pieces in gold and in silver, often incorporating both metals in one. Again we found a makers’ market called “Bruma Flee market” , where we sold our jewellery every Sunday. We were also accepted into the highly regarded crafts peoples’ market at Bryanston, where we sold our unique jewellery to locals as well as tourists from all over the world.
Throughout those years we travelled the continent looking for unusual gems, and were very fortunate to meet some highly talented jewellers from whom we learnt a lot about the design and handcrafting techniques. Our aim was always to design jewellery pieces that would bring out the beauty inherent in each stone.
In 1991 and 1992, Femina Magazine published our designs as a part of a promotion they did, offering all customers who signed up for their magazine a free Aharoni Jewellery piece.
We opened a studio- workshop in Rosebank Mall and it was there that Eytan began setting the most unusual gems into our designs.
Unfortunately the unsettled political situation in South Africa made it necessary for us to make another major change in our lives, and we decided to give Tel – Aviv another chance.
Tel Aviv redux
We established a beautiful jewellery boutique in Basel district in Tel- Aviv.
Our shop brought a new concept for the time- where the jeweler physically sat at the studio and created the jewellery in store. This same concept moved with us when we left Israel to go to Australia.
We arrived in Sydney in 1998 and established a studio-workshop in Double Bay. We joined the annual Australian Craft Show and showcased our work in Sydney Bride Magazine.
After four years in the big city, with our young family of four kids we decided to move to Canberra.
We have now been in our Bunda Street studio for the past fourteen years, creating beautiful jewellery pieces for locals as well as interstate visitors, and building up our very loyal clientele of people who really love and appreciate the beauty of unusual gemstones and who are always after something that is a one- off, unique, different and individual.