AB: Where were you born, and where did you grow up?
ME: I was born in Pleasantville, New York, but I spent my childhood in Rome, Italy. I was 14 years old when I moved back the United States.
AB: Tell us a little bit about your educational background?
ME: I attended Tufts University in Boston and studied Biology and Psychology.
AB: Share with us your earliest/ fondest jewelry related memories and influences.
ME: After graduating from college, I found myself at a crossroads of continuing in the sciences and going to medical school or becoming an artist. Art was a tradition in my family, but seeing how tough the life of the artist can be, I wanted to pursue a path where I could be independent and make a living. My first job in jewelry was working as a stock boy for a jewelry store in Beverly Hills when I was 18. From the moment I first picked up the loupe, I was inspired.