Aliza Guttman’s grandma didn’t mess around—she not only raised her own sheep, but also spun their wool by hand and wove it on her porch loom. “She was meticulous about details like finishing textile edges. I learned how to sew when I was seven, and I would show her everything I made and she would tell me exactly how well I had done,” Aliza remembers of her Washington, D.C-area childhood. The experience made her think fashion design was the right path, but a fortuitous jewelry course in high school convinced her to switch gears.
After some time in L.A., she graduated Savannah College of Art and Design with a coveted CFDA Design+ award and a degree in jewelry design in 2015. It was an experience that tested the limits of her sketching abilities (“They make you draw 300 watches—you either learn to use perspective or you die”), but helped her realize that she thought about pieces from the get-go as three-dimensional objects, and could use design software to bring her intricate ideas to life. Aliza worked for a few fine jewelers but true to her family history, knew the independent route was the only way to go. “I wanted to work somewhere that was about process, where I could collaborate and do things like bring my friends in to work on the display side of things.” She realized being her own boss was the best way to do that, and in 2016 she made the leap to selling her own gleaming, wavy earrings and monument-like rings and pendants set with slabs of lapis under the name Faeber Studio. A pretty good example of reaping what you sow, we’d say.