Byron jeweller decides his numbers up
By Jess James
MIKHEL KMITA closed his Byron Bay jewellery store, Saturius, nine years to the day that he opened it.
Mr Kmita started his trade in 1971 simply by luck he went along to a friend's job interview to support him and got the job instead.
"Most people leave school not knowing what to do, but everything just fell into place for me," Mr Kmita said.
In the fourth year of his apprenticeship, Mr Kmita was so advanced he was put in charge of other apprentices.
Through learning the different facets of jewellery-making from design to mixing metals, colours and textures Mr Kmita knew he had a natural talent.
"I've always played music to keep my hands busy and steady," he said.
"Jewellery-making fits my personality because it takes control over my hands.
"One intricate mistake with my hands could cause a $20,000 stone to smash into a million pieces."
Mr Kmita's jewellery style is based on numerology, and matching a stone with the personality of its owner.
"It's physics. I analyse a customer's personality to create an individual piece that suits them," he said.
"Using the right stones can balance any imbalances in a person's life or relationship. "My wife Wendy and I designed an engagement ring for ourselves on a napkin at a service station.
"Eight years ago when I was restoring it in the shop, a man begged me to sell it to him. I knew what it would do for him, so I sold it.
"My wife's still waiting for a new engagement ring.
"The lady I made my very last piece for cried when she saw it."
Mr Kmita closed his shop last Friday, not only because it was time for him to move on, but his passion for numerology had convinced him to teach others what he had learnt.
"My wife was ill for two years after her battle with cancer and fully recovered through numerology," he said.
"I am now dedicated to share my knowledge of wellness through balance.
"I got my life back and my wife back."