Jewelry Arts Gallery
In 1991 Anita became the Vice President of the Michigan Women's Jewelers's Association. In in charge of programming, she hired a skilled photographer, who everyone said was the best in Michigan. This gentleman was hired to do a seminar on jewelry photography for the designer jeweler. He was hired to photograph all the entries for the Michigan designer competitions by the Michigan Retail Jewelers Association. Anita set up the program with John McMartin as guest speaker and he made his presentation, but unfortunately Anita could not attend. Later that year Anita needed a portrait for one of the most challenging necklaces of her career (above). She hired John to do a portrait of this major 14 karat yellow gold collar holding various round, baguette and marquise shaped diamonds weighing a total of 17 carats. The major diamond, dangling on end, was an 8 carat pear shaped diamond worth more than her entire store inventory. It was shortly after that portrait John and Anita became interested in each other. On July 9th of 1994 Anita became John's wife.
Soon after their marriage, Anita left her business to partner with her husband at McMartin's Jewelry in it‘s fortieth year of business. Together they created a new business venue at the same location in Milford, Michigan on the corner of Commerce and Main, calling it, "John McMartin Jewelry Arts Gallery". The beautiful gallery walls were painted by Anita (Click to see interior), They were admired by all who entered. She was also known for her astute window designing. Anita tends to be a visionary sort.
Anita was responsible for the conceptualizing of the new store venue John wanting to do less repair. She designed the new logos, worked with John on graphic ideas, created jewelry, hired staff and whatever else was needed. Anita and John had a wonderful, thriving gallery experience for 10 years and loved their clients. They closed their gallery and are renting to For Feet Sake, their favorite shoe store. In 2006, at closing, the Mc Martin's jewelry location was in it's 50th year of business. Anita and John needed to move quickly to help run the family highschool founded in 1941 by her grandmother, Zoila.
La Ceiba, Honduras will always be a home away from home. They loved the people and miss their many friends, there. Now back in the United States, Anita and John are excited to renew friendships, work in the careers they still love, and get back from a dreamlike interruption to the familiarity of home.
Anita Del Favero has had an intense career. She was able to cut her first sheet sterling silver at 13 years of age. After polishing this 1st sterling pendant she found herself smitten with the medium of metal. Growing up in the sixties at the height of the craft movement in affluent Southfield, Michigan, she found herself poised to have teachers that affected her design and technique. Two of those influential people were Carol Stein, a short term, very determined metalsmithing teacher at Southfield High School, and Howard Crisp, her teacher at Northwestern Michigan College. Both had their Masters degrees from Cranbrook Institute of Art, Bloomfield Hills. Crisp noticed Anita's deep interest in her studies of metal and made her his assistant at Nothwestern, and she apprenticed at his home studio. With her portfolio in metalsmithing she was able to get admittance to Wayne State University in 1974. Her professor, mentor, and later friend, Phillip Fike, had a great influence on her work. Anita had many technical venues as required in her bachelor's studies from sheet metal construction, metalsmithing, repose, niello, bi-shell formations, spiculum creating, the latest Japanese metal techniques such as inlay and metal alloying of color. There were visits from prominent metalsmiths, field trips and workshops with the likes of metalsmiths: Arlene Fisch, Hiroko Sato Pijenowski and Eugene Pijenowski, Heki Seppa, Mariane Sherr, Mary Lee Hu and Eleanor Moty.
After graduating from Wayne with her Bachelors in Fine Arts in Jewelry and Metalsmithing, Anita, intended to finish her last term for her teacher's certificate but decided to take a very bold step and was hired to be an apprentice in a commercial jewelry shop in Detroit. She thought this a better environment to advance her technique base and learn to set stones before becoming a teacher.
Required to learn the basics of the trade, she learned all sorts of repairs, and setting of gems. Instead of going back to the university she was on her way to becoming a remounting expert. This environment taught her to become a fast production worker. Her 10 year apprenticeship was known as her "sweat shop" years. The struggle to make a decent living was nearly impossible, but she kept her job, and advanced in a predominantly male field from 1975, on. It produced a case-hardening effect and taught her the skills of endurance. She finally got to work in one of the finest shops in the Detroit area with four other advanced jewelers. In these Downtown Detroit years she met the best in the industry and was finally able to study under Ruperto Saldana V. from the Philippines and Louie Yonkes, the master jeweler of a prominent shop in the David Whitney Building. They developed close friendships.
As things went along Arturo Del Favero, her brother nine years her minor, became intrigued with the field of jewelry and through Anita, began his own apprenticing. They became partners, opening their own jewelry business in Farmington Hills. Anita and Arturo called it "Your Jeweler's Bench" and it was incorporated in 1983. Anita could not have been more pleased.
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