Conversations with an Artist: Betul Malik

Betul Malik Fine Jewelry Ethically Sourced Diamonds and Recycled Gold Beauty

Betül Malik launched her eponymous fine jewelry collection in 2010 after working in revered jewelry houses in Europe. Her aesthetic is a celebrated minimalism while brilliantly sophisticated and elegant. Her strong ethos, using recycled gold, ethically sourced and recycled diamonds and high quality craftsmanship, is a testimony of beauty and mastery. Betül has a strong aesthetic that translates to timeless pieces as future heirlooms. 

8 Questions
Describe the moment you realized art fed your soul.
I grew up around architects as my father was in the construction and steel business. I always wanted to be an architect as a little girl. I remember making jewellery from cigarette packaging lining when I was in elementary school (my parents used to smoke at that time). My design passion started at that young age!

What themes do you pursue in your art?
Culture, identity, love, struggle, justice, nature, beauty.

Betul Malik 14K Gold Y Necklace with Diamonds and Diamond and Chain Earrings

Tell us about what influences the direction for your craft.
Family, heritage, nature, memories and experiences!

How has your work developed over time?
I am training and developing my creativity skills all the time. With hard work, flexibility and life experiences inspiration keeps revealing itself. Jewelry has been an ongoing passion as well as home design and I am currently in a UC Berkeley program for interior design and interior architecture. 

Betul Malik Diamond and 14K Gold Dangle Chain Earrings

What’s the most indispensable item in your studio?
Paper, pencil and music 

Do you collect anything?
I collect art (paintings and Japanese woodblock prints), books, handmade silver objects and antique crystal decanters.  

Betul Malik Fine Jewelry Diamonds and 14K Gold Stacking Rings

What’s the most inspiring thing you’ve seen, read, watched or listened to recently?
I started gardening. I fell in love with nature one more time! So much to admire, love and be grateful for what mother nature gives us.  

What advice would you give to your younger self about your artistic journey?
Take more risks, be more courageous but wait before making big decisions. 

Betul Malik Per Diem gold and diamonds stacking rings, diamond necklace and diamond ear jacket

Bonus Question:
What role has music played for you while you work?
Music has always played a big role in my life: It's healing, inspiring, calming, moving...

Betul Malik Per Diem 3 diamond and 14K gold earrings

Experience the Betul Malik Fine Jewelry collection we have online and in our Mill Valley shop. Enjoy adding to your everyday precious collectibles!

~ Bonnie & Jeffrey

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