"My wife helps me a lot… when I think of something beautiful, I think about her. She means everything to me."
Zayd Makarim was born in West Java on August 2, 1968. From the time he was a child, he liked art. "I did paintings and sculptures for fun," he recalls. "It started as an assignment for school but, by doing them, I discovered I liked art so much that it became one of my passions."
As an adult, Makarim's job took him to Bali. "I'd always had a dream to come to Bali, and also to travel," he says. "And my dream came true." In Bali he worked for a famous jewelry designer and that's where he learned about silver and design, and began making his own jewelry.
"It all started because of my wife's birthday. I wanted to create a gift for her, so I made a pair of earrings. When they were done, I could not believe my eyes because they were so beautiful... and she loved them!" he confides. "Many of her friends asked if I could make some for them. I started thinking about taking my passion seriously and I decided to create my own jewelry line."
"I like art and find inspiration in everything that surrounds me. I love architecture and I am eager to know and learn more about other nations' culture. In my pieces, I want to express myself as well as what surrounds me.
"My wife helps me a lot. Thanks to her I get really inspired because when I think of something beautiful, I think about her and what would be good for her. She means everything to me."
Thank you Mr. Makarim, I bought this for a friends birthday. And she told me it's the most beautiful braclet she has ever seen with very very beautiful detail :) keep up the good work
- B A, Germany
Dear Zayd Makarim, I would like to thank you for the beautiful earrings, Royal Elegance, that I received today. They are just beautiful and have only had them on for an hour and already receiving compliments. You do beautiful work and thank you for making it possible that we can enjoy your talents through Novica. Please keep your designs coming and sending my best to you, your wife and family. PB
- P B, Eugene, OR USA
Dear Zayd, please accept my sincere thanks to your wife for being the inspiration behind the magnificent pieces I recently purchased through Novica. I am stunned by the beauty and craftsmanship of this extraordinary jewelry. The smokey quarts necklace and matching earrings are every bit as gorgeous, if not moreso, as the picture on the site. Absolutely fabulous, I am pleased beyond measure. Thank you so very much for enhancing my wardrobe and my confidence. It is a wonderful feeling to wear a piece of jewelry that exhibits such grace, feminity and class. This set is exquisite and I am positively certain I will be purchasing plenty more of your very beautiful work. Once again, many many thanks, and incidentally, it is my absolute pleasure to give my business to a man who is not only extremely talented with an eye for detailed beauty, but one who I can only admire and highly commend for speaking so wonderfully of your wife. May you both be blessed. Sincerely, Donna
- Donna S, West Chester, PA USA
I received my silver bracelet yesterday shortly after contemplating the virtue of patience.( I was so eager to get it I was very hyper) This piece is extraordinary! It has not left my arm since I put it on. Congratulations, you obviously have a gift. "Delicate Bracelet " is very substantial!
- Elyse G, chicago usa
I just received my Trinity bracelets today. They are the most beautiful silver bangles that I have ever seen. Your talent as a jewelry designer and craftsman is very obvious. They are absolutely perfect. I will cherish them always. Thank you so much for your excellent work.
- Linda D, Tampa, Florida USA
Mr. Makarim, The items I ordered are more beautiful than the pictures on the site! I am very happy with my purchase. Your workmanship and design is excellent. Keep up the beautiful work! I sincerely hope that my purchase will make a positive contribution towards you and your family. God Bless!
- A W, NJ, USA
I just received my "Java Palace" earrings, and the workmanship is incredible. I love them, and I look forward to purchasing more pieces in the future from your collection. My warmest regards, Diane Miner
- Diane M
Zayd Makarim's "Prayer" earrings surprised me, not with their beauty, but with their body: those rising spirals that so enchant are no mere surface pattern, but rather a design cut clear through the earrings' depth and articulated front and back. His care in this detail bespeaks pride in his craft, and it is this craftsmanship that enables him to create earrings that are strong without being showy, appropriate equally for a wedding or trip to the grocery store, and worth, without doubt, every penny I paid for them.
- Kelli C, San Antonio, TX, USA
Stunningly beautiful. Thank you very much.
- Kathleen Alexa
Thank you, Zayd Makarim, for designing the exquisite earrings, "Vineyard". May your wife continue to inspire you to fashion such beautiful creations.
- V D, NJ, USA
Dear Zayd, My beautiful bangles and earrings arrived today. I have always been partial to swirls and your designs are absolutely exquisite and the workmanship is amazing! They are destined to be my favorite pieces of jewelry and I am sure I will be back for a few more complimentary pieces. Warm regards,
- Morag MacKay, Netherlands
I just received my "Empress" ring, and it is beautiful!! I bought it to wear to a charity ball in December. It will look wonderful with my dress. I am so glad I came upon the NOVICA site.
- Cynthia Koehler, Vienna, Ohio USA
Dear Zyad: I received the beautiful tortice shell, silver earrings you made today and they are truely beautiful. Your earrings were the first purchase that I made from Novica and I will be ordering more in the future for friends and family members as well as mysef. I particularly like earrings with the hinged backings for pierced ears as they are more secure than butterfly backs. Thank you so much. Amy
- Amy Stevens, Canada
Dear Zyad: I received the beautiful tortoise shell, silver earrings you made today and they are truly beautiful. Your earrings were the first purchase that I made from Novica and I will be ordering more in the future for friends and family members as well as myself. I particularly like earrings with the hinged backings for pierced ears as they are more secure than butterfly backs. Thank you so much. Amy
- Amy Stevens, Canada
Thank you, Mr. Markarim! The "Empress" ring is simply sensational and I love wearing it. It's a charming aspect to continue your artistry to the interior of the ring. I hope to treat a special friend to your talents in the future. May the beauty and joy your art gives to others be returned to you many times. K
- kris a, USA