Jewelry, Show Your Pride|June 14, 2011 3:03 PM

Israeli Jewelry: Popularity is on the Rise

Israeli Jewelry Designer Adina Plastelina

Israeli Jewelry Designer Adina Plastelina

In the past decade, jewelry made in Israel has been a field of high demand, all over the world. Many inspiring Israeli jewelry designers have made a name for themselves, thanks to their unique style and products of high quality. Today you can find Israeli jewelry pieces in prestigious shops, both in America and Europe.

What may be cause for this growing popularity? With the escalation in the World Wide Web, more items are becoming accessible to consumers throughout the world. This is creating a drastic expansion of shopping online that has changed the world’s market in all its areas; customers from all over the world can now easily acquire jewelry from Israel. This positive change has encouraged Israeli jewelry designers to get more exposure, and therefore, distribute a wider collection of products directly into the international market.

What is so unique about Israeli jewelry?

Jewelry in Israel is much more then a fashion statement. Israeli jewelry designers are inspired by many sources: traditional Jewish symbolism, Israeli scenery and mainstream fashion. This unique mix of elements leads to the designing of original pieces that bear many influences.
Thus, Israeli jewelry designers can be classified into three major groups:
  • Jewelry studios which specialize in Jewish and Kabbalah jewelry
  • Jewelry studios which focus on mainstream fashion
  • Jewelry studios that focus on both
Here we briefly review these groups;

Israeli jewelry designers who specialize in Jewish jewelry

These designers are very much familiar with Jewish traditions and symbols. Their studios incorporate jewelry pieces with traditional Jewish motifs, such as the Magen David, mezuzahs and hamsa- hand. Jewish jewelry from Israel is often inscribed with Jewish prayers and blessings in Hebrew, such as Shema Israel and the Traveler’s Prayer.  These pieces allow the wearers to express their faith and be part of a collective identity.
Many of these Jewish jewelry accessories are worn by Jewish men and women across the world, as talismans for luck and protection.
In this group we can find one of the leading Judaic a jewelry studio – Emunah Jewelry.
Emunah in Hebrew literally means faith or belief. Based in a Moshav near Jerusalem in Israel,   Emunah jewelry studio designs have gained a worldwide status for producing distinctive jewelry pieces that draw on Jewish motifs and heritage.   Emunah’s jewelry often combines classic Yemenite designs.
Another good example would be MIZZE Jewelry – Made for Luck. This productive studio specializes in modern Jewish and Kabala jewelry that is all wished-for luck. Mizze’s original accessories include prominent Jewish and kabbalists motifs for good fortune and blessing. Their popular designs include Hamsa bracelets, red string bracelets and jewelry pieces that feature Kabbalist codes such as the 72 Names of God.
In the second group of fashion jewelry from Israel you can find Israeli jewelry designers such as Shlomit Offir who creates unique jewelry pieces, in tune with mainstream fashion. Made from finest materials Offir’s fantastic works include jewelry pieces that dwell on general themes, such as nature. Based in Tel Aviv, her items are integrated with pearls and semi precious stones and made in various techniques.

Adina Plastelina – Israeli culture and Jewish traditions

Finally, in the last category we would like to present you with one of the most intriguing jewelry designers – Adina Plastelina. Based in the old city of Jaffa, Adina Plastelina creates a wide selection of handmade jewelry accessories, part of them an inspired by traditional Jewish symbolism while other have no religious affiliation.
Adina Plastleina’s works are made in an ancient glassware technique called Millefiori.  It was employed hundreds of years ago to create distinctive patterns in glass.  Adina Plastelina studio utilizes this technique with different materials, such as: polymer, clay and other natural materials.   Each item produced by this technique is distinctive and bears vibrant appearance.

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