ISRAELI JEWELRY ARTISTS FEATURED AT MARKET

Byline: Elaine Glusac

CHICAGO — Jewelry with a Mideastern flavor is making its U.S. debut at the April market here.
In showroom 9-40 in the Pavilion Suites, sales representative Zvia Zadock-S is importing the hand-crafted work of nine Israeli jewelry artists.
Zadock-S, who traveled to her native Israel to source the lines, said, “I thought I’d have five, but I could not give up on any one of them.”
Now living in the U.S., Zadock-S was honeymooning in Israel when she received gifts of jewelry, many by the artists she now represents, which inspired her to import the artist-crafted works.
While each artist has a different style, buyers will find a preponderance of gold and silver with semiprecious stones and wholesale prices that range from $6.50 to $400.
“There’s lots of ethnic background [in the pieces] combined with European styling,” said Zadock-S.
Here’s a look at a few of the lines:
Michal uses crystals, stones and metals to create romantic jewelry emphasizing feminine curves. The nine-year-old line recently introduced home decorative products.
Drora works are made primarily of silver and colored stones in designs inspired by history and culture.
Maya, whose most important client is the Israeli Government, creates jewelry of silver with gold and semiprecious-stone accents. The state often gives Maya jewelry to visiting dignitaries, including President Clinton.
Ohada is renowned for its clean, straight lines inspired by architecture and nature, combining silver and gold with semiprecious stones.
Poran is inspired by ocean diving, as well as the Art Nouveau movement, blending semiprecious stones, sterling silver and solid gold in organic shapes.
Moshe features filigree sterling silver jewelry in Yemenite style often set with semiprecious stones or ancient Roman glass.
Shula jewelry is based on original Canaanite designs using ancient wax-casting methods to wed ancient styles with modern simplicity. The collection is also sold at the gift shop of the Israel Museum.

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