The Israeli shopping scene is more than just big-name shopping mall chains and a network of manic markets. Though your guidebook will surely direct you towards Mahane Yehuda or the infamous Dizengoff center, what it won’t tell you about is the up-and-coming community of Israeli jewelry designers bursting onto the scene. Scattered around Israel, with a majority along the pedestrian-heavy Dizengoff street (in central Tel Aviv) and Shabazi street (in Neve Tzedek), are a number of innovative artists crafting handmade, customized earrings, rings, bracelet, necklaces and accessories. If you're willing to dig, there are some great vintage finds in Jaffa's Flea Market as well. Plus, they've got some great street food to keep you going. So here it is: the inside scoop on where to find the best Israeli jewelry designers—the ones who put the ‘jew’ in jewelry.
The top Israeli jewelry designers
Shorty after falling madly in love, Ginat and Yisgav gave birth to their creative baby, ‘HotCrown.’ The jewelry brand—an extension of their eternal happiness—produces fun and vibrant top-line creations. Each individual piece is impeccably designed and completed in-house by HotCrown’s jewelry experts who devote careful thought and attention to detail. Their limited-edition accessories are made with sterling silver, 14-18k gold and diamonds.
When you pick up a piece of Inbar Shapira jewelry, you can feel its special character in each etching and groove. In her combination of enchanting Egyptian culture and urban undertones, Inbar steals the show with her brass collars, chokers, and brooches, all coated in 24k gold, sterling silver and black metal. “We believe that fashion is our historic-social mirror. Our mission is to combine it all together and to share it with you” –Inbar Shapira.
Driven by a need-to-share story, Ruby Star jewelry pieces tell a narrative through their unique design. The wide range of styles and materials make it easy for every jewelry lover to find a piece that they connect with. Merging ancient and modern design, Shirley Itzik's creations are guaranteed to suit every jewelry enthusiast. Visit the boutique in Jaffa's flea market to get the first look at these fabulous designs where there is something for everyone to fall in love with.
Mirit Weinstock is definitely not short of artistic accomplishments. She prides herself on being a triple threat: fashion designer, artist and jewelry designer, and bounces back and forth between Tel Aviv and Paris. In 2011, Mirit launched M♥W, an international high-end luxury crafts jewelry brand. She describes her collection as dreamy, poetic and slightly humorous, drawing inspiration from childhood memories and souvenirs to create a surrealist final showcase. The materials she mixes with silver, porcelain and glass are as diverse as her talents, ranging from shuttlecock feathers to eyelashes. Everyone should own one of these bold and refreshing combinations.
Shira Gabay’s stylistic focus is simple: clean-cut jewelry with a vintage touch. The name of her brand “She-Ra Jewelry” draws inspiration from She-Ra, the Princess of Power. She-Ra represents a powerful, yet elegant figure for the designer, while power and elegance are cast in her uniquely shaped sterling silver and solid gold rings like an engraving. Although Shira’s obsession with rings is evident on her Etsy page, which features mostly customized handmade rings, she also sells a variety of necklaces, bracelets, and earrings.
Designers Einat and Tamar are the magic behind this charming Neve Tzedek boutique. Each piece of jewelry is handcrafted and goes through a painstaking process to insure its perfection. Their collection includes pieces which blend precious stones with coins, antique gems with ancient Hebrew engravings. Einat and Tamar have put so much love and attention into the work, and it is clear when taking an up-close look at the finished products. Take a stroll through beautiful Neve Tzedek and pop into this dazzling store.
Influenced by simple forms and shapes, Maya Geller jewelry offers clean and simple designs and timeless pieces. Incorporating diamonds, stones, silver, and gold, the pieces manage to suit just about every buyer’s taste. The stylish Maya Geller boutique on Shenkin Street is the perfect place to check out these one-of-a-kind designs. Featuring sharp lines and dynamic pieces, the jewelry is decorative, stunning, and uniquely Israeli.
With five individual stores and features in more than fifty boutiques, Hagar Satat is a leader in the Israeli jewelry scene. With intricate metal designs accompanied by leather and other soft materials, Hagar Satat creates stunning Middle Eastern pieces. Her use of multiple mediums allows you to imagine the endless possibilities embedded in this shiny material, then watch those fantasies come to life. Stop by this beautiful store in central Tel Aviv to check out these superb Israeli designs.
Orit Ivshin and her partner Giora Ivshin are blending the old with the new in their stunning jewelry pieces. It is only fitting then, that they have chosen Tel Aviv’s very first neighborhood as their home base. Nestled in the picturesque neighborhood of Neve Tzedek, on the main Shabazi shopping street, the Studio specializes in fine contemporary jewelry, setting colorful precious stones and diamonds inside 18k gold earrings, rings, necklaces and bracelets. If you’re searching for one of a kind piece to pass down from generation to generation, this family run studio has just the heirloom you’re looking for.