Born in Ghana, Africa, Yuval Landau and his family extensively lived in several different countries. They traveled internationally extensively. When he was 10, the family moved permanently to Israel, and at 18 Yuval entered the Israeli military where he spent four years as a tank commander and teacher. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Lieutenant and with a well-developed sense of patience and focus for what it takes to do a job well and a drive to succeed, well-prepared to take on civilian life. Having family members working in the diamond industry, it was natural for Yuval to enter into a yearlong diamond cutting apprenticeship followed by a year of colored stone cutting.
Sharon Landau Custom Jeweler
At the end of her apprenticeship, she accepted a position with a large local retailer as Head Designer and Master Jeweler, creating original jewelry for clients for five and a half years and gaining even more experience and honing her skills. Always having had an interest in art and design, Sharon Landau originally began working on the restoration of Native American Jewelry, specializing in unique cabochon works (where she developed a strong interest in stone setting and manufacturing) and in replacing damaged intricate inlays. Realizing that she had a natural ability for jewelry work, she completed an advanced stone setting course and went on to a five year apprenticeship with a national jewelry retailer, starting with standard repairs and ultimately mastering advance repairs and hand fabrication. In order to work more closely with customers and to be more directly involved in custom design elements, Sharon left the national retail environment and accepted the head designer and wax carver position with a well-respected local jeweler for the next two years. Then, to further enrich her understanding of design and development, she apprenticed the next four years in a working museum setting, using old world techniques and antique hand tools, while hand-fabricating one of a kind platinum and gold jewelry keepsakes.