TIVOL Carries a Fine Assortment of Michael Bondanza Fine Jewelry
Michael Bondanza is a gifted designer with a passion for art and jewelry. His jewelry career began in the early 70's with his desire to create a western style belt buckle for himself. Native American images set him on his first path. However, with his growing mastery of technique, a more personal sense of design began to evolve. Michael became increasingly aware of the quality of craft and the level of design he wanted to aspire to. His two favorite designers were Georg Jensen and the early work of Cartier.
Michael started experimenting in sterling silver, 18kt gold, and rosewood. The response to his work was tremendous, and the enthusiasm for his creativity and uniqueness encouraged him to begin experimenting with platinum. His innovative designs and imaginative concepts, along with the complex combinations of platinum and 18kt gold attracted the most distinguishable retailers in the fine jewelry business.
As demand for his designs grew, Bondanza decided to expand his business. In 1974, the designer began selling his jewelry to some Fifth Avenue's finest retailers. Michael registered his trademark "Platinum Redefined" as he continued to use platinum as his canvas in a new way, and as his designs became more of a personal vision expressed through the art of jewelry. "It takes at least ten years to get grounded, to gain enough skill and experience to begin to tackle something with real meaning".
Over the years, Michael has won numerous international awards for his creative use of platinum, and his designs have won him notoriety amongst the designer community. He has received many prestigious honors for his work, and has been witness to continual success.
Despite his many accomplishments with fine jewelry, Michael has many other talents and interests for which he makes the time to pursue. When he is not at his jewelers bench, Michael can be found in his loft painting or sculpting. In addition to his art , Michael also finds the time to persevere with his mountain biking, rock climbing, cooking, and listening to fine music with his dog Sam.