Noam Carver: The Designer
Noam Carver is a sculptor, designer and goldsmith whose jewelry unites classic and contemporary motifs from around the world.
From concept through fabrication, each piece is meticulously hand-crafted with precious metals and rare, one-of-a-kind gemstones.
Noam’s designs have garnered numerous awards including MJSA, Canadian Jeweler, National Jeweler, National Jeweler “Best Of”, and the Centurian Designer Award.
We are elated to share our recent interview with Canadian award-winning jewellery designer, Noam Carver. Read on to hear Noam's story as he thoughtfully shares about his design process, passions and inspirations.
1. What has been the most rewarding part of your work? And the most challenging?
The most rewarding is definitely satisfied customers. They are two sides to this, the first comes from our retail partners, working day in and day out with them making sure our rings are delivered on time and in top form. Receiving positive feed back makes all the hard work worth it! The second part is the customers, connecting with the people who choose our designs is the most rewarding aspect of our trade. The engagement ring is such an integral part in a couples life, it is truly amazing to be a part of this special milestone.
Th most challenging; Creating intricate customized designs. It is one thing when a client knows exactly what they are getting, it's another when the final design is only revealed when the ring is picked up. It can get challenging interpreting design elements that a client likes and converting that into a cohesive timeless design.
2. How do you feel when you see someone in a Noam Carver design?
It is kind of surreal, the thought that someone got down on one knee and proposed with one of our rings is truly incredible. The engagement ring can be considered as the primary accessory in a woman's wardrobe, to be included into such an esteemed category it quite gratifying.
3. Tell us a little about your design process
Imagination, translation and implementation. First I dream and get inspired by new concepts. Then I translate them into concrete ideas. Finally, I implement them into drawings and cad designs, turning them into reality.
4. What do you look to for inspiration?
Art, nature, architecture, the world around me, I try to absorb as much as I can. This enables me to create a large repertoire of ideas. I am also inspired by different periods of design, like the Art-Deco movement, Art-Nouveau, The modern era. These aesthetic periods offer a wealth of material to work with.
5. When did you discover your passion for jewellery design?
From a young age I was always interested in art, design and how things were made. When I was 18 years old an opportunity came up to apprentice with a master jeweler in Montreal. The rest was history!
6. Where did you develop your craft?
It all started with the apprenticeship that laid the foundation for my craft. I took many different classes in jewelry making and a program in 3D design. My skill developed working on my own in the trade, faced with challenges at every step, I realized that the true art of jewelry making was problem solving.
7. Do you have one design that will always be your favourite?
I think a lot of my my success with design is that I inherently create every piece for myself, I am my own toughest critic and if I believe that a design is worthy for my own approval, then it is acceptable to be shared with someone else. Because of this, I have a personal connection to every design I create.
If I were to pick one though, I would have to say it was my Platinum Guild 1st place award winner in 2014. My goal was to push the limits of engagement ring design, to create a truly unique one of a kind ring. The timing was the second reward, to win first place in the bridal design category at the most prestigious jewelry show in the world, that was a crowning moment !
Thank you, Noam for taking the time to share your story with us. We're always in awe of your creative designs and humble nature. It was a pleasure to feature you today. Congratulations on your recent win from The Knot for the Best Bridal Jewelry 2016 in the Rose Gold category!
To view more of Noam's stunning rings, click here.