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.
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.