– Monologue by Michael Abdulky –
Few personal objects command such enviable presence or intimate subtlety as the jewels and talismans that men and women collect for bodily adornment. Throughout the ages, the art of jewelry making has provided status symbols, emblems of cultural identity, inherited and cherished traditions, irresistible romance and endless possibilities for individual expression. Exploring how metals can meld with skin and light with gems to launch a soul to heights of aura, is the Jeweler’s noble calling. The “Nuance” series threaded throughout Monologging’s Autumn 2021 issue is an exploration of different artisan perspectives, highlighting diverse inspirations for craft and the ways in which a scene is altered when ornaments dazzle eyes.
Michael Abdulky was born in Ithaca, NY to David and Laila Abdulky who were immigrants from Syria. He is the second generation owner of Mansour Jewelers in Ithaca. Having spent 3 years post high school playing Junior A hockey before settling down at the family business in 2015, he began his career as a jewelry designer, creator, repairman, salesman, owner, etc. He feels truly blessed to have been brought up into such a wonderful career and looks forward to learning more about the industry, as well as himself, every day and with every new design.