Meet Osnat of Omiya on Etsy

Omiya is one of my favorite shops on Etsy--one of my top five favorite jewelry shops on there.
So to have Osnat, the genius behind it all here, is a treat!

A little about yourself: 

My name is Osnat. I am happily married and have two great, joyful and active children (a boy and a girl) as well as one noisy but beautiful cat.

What is your Craft story?

I dream up my designs - while asleep but sometimes when I am awake too :-) 
They come to me when I watch commercials on TV, when I prepare sandwiches for my children, and at other unexpected times.

Our home is full of small sheets of paper with illegible drawings to anyone but me.
Then I go into my studio and work on gemstones and metal  combinations into surprising results.

How did you come to be on Etsy, do you sell anywhere else or would you like to?

I was selling my jewelry through art galleries for the last two decades, mostly in Israel and a little in the United States. My husband kept telling me that there is a new on-line world out there, but I couldn't believe people will buy my work without touching and trying them on first - I was also frightened of this thing called a computer.

Finally I decided to give it a try and I'm glad my preconceptions have all been proven wrong.

What inspires you?

Ethnic, Primitive, Ancient jewelry and art. Whenever we travel abroad I spend a lot of time in libraries, museums and bookshops looking for jewelry books. Since I discovered the on-line world I also spend a few hours a week browsing around to get inspiration.
At the end of the day ideas just pop out of my head.

What makes your work special and different from others?

Well, I am not sure this is for me to say. I don’t do commercial designs, and each of my pieces is unique, handmade, mostly one-of-a-kind. 

*Thank you, Osnat! Please see more of her work in her shop!


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