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Amitai Kav

Born in Jerusalem Israel in 1954, Amitai Kav is a renowned jewelry master artist both in Israel and worldwide. Amita Kav studied painting at Avni Institute of Painting and Sculpture, Tel-Aviv before studying music and dance at Rubin Academy of Music, Jerusalem. Being a self-taught jewelry maker have contributed to the originality of his style, which is completely free from any traditional constraints.

 

His numerous prize-winning works have been displayed in solo and tour exhibitions throughout a dozen of countries worldwide. His design was chosen by the State of Israel as its logo for the Millennium in 2000. He was selected as one of the 5 Winners of the Centurion Emerging Designers Competition at the Tucson Gem and Jewelry Show in 2011.

 

Amitai created the Dove of Peace, which became the recognized symbol of the Middle East peace process. The Doves were worn by Reuma Weizmann, wife of the President of the State of Israel, and Queen Nur, wife of King Hussein of Jordan, at the historic ceremonial signing of the peace agreement between the two States. During the ceremonies surrounding the signing, Hillary Clinton and Leah Rabin also wore art jewelry created by Amitai Kav. It is most unusual for the wives of all the major participants in such a momentous event to wear jewelry designed by the same artist. A silver Dove of Peace was presented to each member of the Israeli and Jordanian negotiating teams.

 

Other exclusive works by Amitai Kav were presented by the late Prime Minister of Israel Yitzhak Rabin and his wife Leah to a number of dignitaries, including King Carlos of Spain, Mrs. Jihan Sadat, Mrs. Johan, Major, Prime Minister of South Korea and the wifeof thr Emperor of Japan.

 

A special rendition of the dove of peace in gold was given to the queen of Norway. At the Ceremony Nobel Price Ceremony, given ot Itzchak Rabin, the Israeli Prime Minister.

 

It is all hand worked directly from a detailed drawing which Amitai Kav makes before commencing execution of the piece. His first experiments in jewelry were inspired by the functional but complex parts of precision machinery and by the human anatomy. This style expanded and developed as he incorporated Art Nouveau and baroque elements, and sometimes Chinese, Egyptian or Middle Eastern motifs. He takes as much pride in the technical execution of his jewelry as in its pure aesthetics. The fastenings and clasps, which form an integral functional feature of each piece, are as much a design challenge as the piece itself.