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HALEM & COMPANY
HALEM & COMPANY
European trained in the art of designing and creating jewelry, Michael recently celebrated his 40th year at his bench. An established guitarist and bassist, his first goal in life was to become a famous Rock Star. While he did come close on several occasions, he never quite made it to the level he dreamed about. While Michael was in High School, he dabbled in the art of making jewelry. Just some simple beaded necklaces to begin with. It was a simple hobby he sandwiched in-between his studies, music., chasing girls and experimenting with psychedelic drugs.
"I never gave a thought of actually making jewelry to sell. Just trinkets I gave away to family and friends. Fun, not profit"
After High School Michael moved to California to pursue what had become a full time career in Music. He spent 7 years on the road touring from Tahoe to Reno to Vegas to San Francisco and then back again. A professional circuit where he performed in Showroom Rock Acts as well as a back up guitarist for famous entertainers such as Eddie Money, Tom Jones and the Four Tops just to mention a few. " I was young and single and played my guitar full time while sowing my wild oats".
In my mid 20's I decided it was time to go back to school and save the world. Two years later I earned a degree as a Psychiatric Nurse. Why? I have no idea. It just seemed like the right thing to do at the time. After 6 months of working at a State Hospital I took a weekend off to try and sell some jewelry I'd been making. It was at a local craft fair. It was a 3 day show but I sold out on the first day. In fact I made more money in a few hours then I was making in a week nursing. That's when my nursing career came to an abrupt end and my full time jewelry career kicked in. Forty years, two kids and two marriages later I'm still doing the jewelry thing. I am highly honored to let you know that my son Isaiah is now working full time with me in the shop. He's becoming an excellent metal-smith and an awesome stone cutter. I am so incredibly proud of him. I also still play in pro working bands throughout Northern California. I currently own a successful jewelry store in Sonoma Ca and until recently was the leader of a top notch cover band (for 10 years) called Crossfire. Who knows whats next? As the saying goes.......... "One day at a time. It's certainly been an interesting journey thus far".