My name is Pinar Sondal. I am married with two kids. I was born in Pennsylvania USA, 1975. I studied Architecture at YTU, Istanbul . I am still working in Istanbul as an architect in my family company TETISAN. I started designing jewelry in 2001. In my designs I use fresh-water pearls, semi-precious faceted stones such as quarts, amethyst, peridot, jade, aquamarine, citrine, and onyx combined with sterling silver and gold with several techniques.
Other than designing jewelry I can proudly say I am a crafter… I enjoy making and buying hand crafted items. Because of my profession I know a lot of digital programs and I also did my own website so I love digital arts too. I enjoy going on vacations with my family, taking pictures of my surroundings, watching my children grow. I also love shopping, dressing up for special occasions and finding fashionable treasures no one has…
I first discovered etsy from a web site called style hive. I loved it. Hope to find more time to view shops and participate at other events like Alchemy and treasury.
Semiprecious stones are my real inspiration… It all starts with shopping for gemstones for me. Their colors and shapes make my imagination work right away. I love sketching before starting; it’s a habit from my architectural background. Then the processes of metal working with silver start… The most beautiful part is that a piece is done with in a day, mostly a week… I always take a picture of my unique pieces because once they are sold, you may not find a similar stone again and.
I try to present my work with proper display units and I prepare nice gift bags for my customers. I try to make them feel unique and hope they will choose to buy from me the next time they are shopping for jewelry.
I just fell in love with shops who give away patterns and tutorials….