Romy Mittelman never thought she would be a jewelry designer. In fact, she was on her way to becoming an opera singer.
“In my early twenties, I traveled to Italy to study opera,” she explained.
“In Rome, I lost my voice, but I found jewelry after I signed up for a goldsmith and goldsmith course in 2003. I was addicted. “
Back home in Melbourne, she continued her education, honing her skills and now juggles teaching the next generation of jewelers and developing her own jewelry lines.
“I was fortunate enough to go straight into selling artwork at one of Australia’s most renowned jewelry galleries, egetal and later Studio Ingot,” Mittelman said.
Most recently, Mittelman has collaborated with Jennifer Hooper. They met through their children, who are in the same classes at Sholem Aleichem College.
“Jen and I developed a great connection and being two creative souls we started to collaborate and develop a jewelry concept that was built over about three years,” explained Mittelman.
“This line featured Jen’s artwork and together we created ‘New Religion’.”
For Mittelman, the line struck a chord more than any other it has produced, resonating and connecting with people, especially throughout the pandemic.
“The concept was created not in an ancient temple or a mountain peak, but at my kitchen table surrounded by montage dishes and children constantly interrupting their screams and requests for snacks,” Mittelman said.
“I love the ancient talismans depicting many gods that inspire worship for guidance and strength. I wanted to capture that spirit but for the modern woman,” she continued, explaining that Hooper had the same fascination.
While Mittelman admits that mythology may seem at odds with her Jewishness, she believes it is connected, drawing on ancient wisdom and history, and the connection of women through the ages.
Working in jewelry is also a link with his Judaism.
“My great-grandfather worked in the jewelry store. My grandfather was a watchmaker and had a great eye for jewelry and precious stones, ”she said. “We have often talked about jewelry, drawing closer to our common love for the jewelry business. I feel like my career connects me to a tradition of Jewish jewelers and sometimes I think of my grandfather while I work, especially when choosing gemstones.
Romy Mittelman’s creations can be viewed and purchased via egetal, egetal.com.au/artists/romy-mittelman
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