Nitsa Rona graduated with distinction from the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design. The connection between the body and soul, which she invoked in her final project jewel that brings the wearer to self-awareness, still captivates her as a artist theme to this day.
At the end of her studies, Rona won the Sharet Foundation Scholarship and the most beautiful jewelry award for 1987 named after Eitan Ron.
"The metalwork makes it possible to get a quick product," says Rona. "You can take a dirty, scratched metal strip and within an hour turn it into a smooth, sparkling ring."
This aspect of the discipline, and the need for the inherent contribution from her childhood home, led her to change course and offer jewelry to emotionally needy and underserved populations.
She began this benevolence by teaching jewelry-making at a club for the elderly in the the Tel Aviv Ezra neighborhood. Later, she established a workshop as a rehabilitative, therapeutic, educational framework for at-risk youth. As a safe, pleasant tree-lined place where one could drink, eat, speak, express and create, the workshop quickly became a second home for these teens.
Years later, Rona returned to the studio and her personal work. Having not lost her love of mentoring, here she began to teach jewelry design to anyone thirst for listening and discovering the artist within themselves.
"Jewelry is a wonderful profession, it has alchemy, and there is a dialogue between idea and material. There is a meditative aspect to it. And, there is also an instinctive aspect to it," said Rona.