"My name is Nyoman Rupadana, but everyone calls by my last name. I was born in Gianyar in 1969. People know me as a shy, humble and honest man. I love playing badminton, volleyball, soccer as well as gardening and farming. <br><br>
"Many people in my hometown work with silver. My parents were both farmers and I was the seventh of nine children. To help my parents with expenses, I began to work in my friend's dad's jewelry workshop when I was in fourth grade. They paid me a dime or two so I could buy lunch at school, and also gave me some clothes. <br><br>
"After graduating from high school, I returned home, determined to work on my own. With 25 grams of silver, I began crafting jewelry to sell. <br><br>
"In 2002, my sales lowered dramatically due to a terrorist attack in Bali, and many others suffered at the time. <br><br>
"In 1994, I married a beautiful woman who used to be my neighbor and we have two sons and a daughter. My wife helps me create silver jewelry. I am so honored to have a beautiful family and see my children grow. <br><br>
"I feel most at peace when my jewelry sells in the market and people appreciate my work. My designs are based on current fashion trends and include Balinese motifs and engravings. <br><br>
"My parents once told me that if you are good at something, you have to express it through hard work and not waste a gift from God."