Opened in 2006, this stateside location of a high-end Tel Aviv jewelry store is tastefully decorated with antique knickknacks and metal Hebrew lettering on the north wall, featuring a quote from the Book of Ezekiel that means “And I shall give you a ring in your nose, earrings on your ear and a crown of glory upon your head.” Glass display cases are stocked with an ever-changing inventory of creative director Eli Halili’s winsome designs. Though a variety of pieces—including delicate, barrette-style money clips ($45–$145) and hollow bangle bracelets ($290–$460)—are cast in silver, Agas & Tamar’s true specialty is working with gold. Standouts range from extravagant items like a ruby necklace with 22-karat gold plates ($1,800) to simpler pieces, such as flat gold-disc stud earrings ($90 each). Gold spiral hoops that thread directly through the ear ($325–$500) are unusual on their own, but because everything is handmade in Tel Aviv, no two pieces are exactly alike. Precious and semiprecious stones adorn many baubles, including an assortment of pure silver rings set with aquamarine, onyx, sapphire, ruby and emerald ($360–$600). Though pricey, a series of solid gold and silver rings and necklaces made from ancient Jewish, Islamic, Byzantine and Roman coins ($1,100–$10,000) are especially remarkable.
Eli Halili Jewelry & Design
|Venue name:||Eli Halili Jewelry & Design||Contact:|
250 Mott St
|Cross street:||between E Houston and Prince Sts|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Sat 11am–7pm, Sun noon–6pm|
|Transport:||Subway: 6 to Bleecker St|