Friday, August 14, 2009


We walk along the Coral Beach Natural Reserve in Eiliat, Israel careful not to step on sea urchins. With the beautiful Mediterranean as our backdrop, we opt to go on a scuba expedition.

Later on, we take some time to journey to another of Eiliat's beaches, Dolphin Reef Beach. Israel is also the hometown of featured jewelry designer Ayala Bar.

Since its inception 19 years ago, Ayala Bar Design boasts over 250 jewelry items in every collection. Bar's amazing level of creativity stems from her capacity to take notice of minute details: dark, billowy gray clouds; the warm, chocolate hues of fresh mulch; or plump drops of rain on a windshield.

Bar creates designer jewelry with patterns and colors resembling intricate tapestry. Using glass beads, crystal rhinestones, mineral stones, antique gold and silver, and pieces of fabric the trinkets explode with vivid color.

There are succulent, candy-like reds, yellows, greens, pinks, and shimmery gold. The color combinations are limitless from brilliant oranges to subdued pastels, grays and taupe making the jewelry's ornate, mosaic style her signature.

After graduating from art school in the 1980s, Bar actively explored her inventive, creative tendencies working as an interior designer, and in the theatre. Before choosing jewelry design as her creative outlet, and establishing her company, she worked as a jewelry exporter.

Her handmade jewelry designs boast an eclectic following that includes not only retailers but also art galleries and museums.

Her creations are sold at the Birmingham Museum of Art in Alabama, the Jewish Museum in New York, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Her designs are also sold at online jewelry stores

This is stunning jewelry. It is like looking at a field of bright-colored flowers, or stained glass ornaments. It is lavishly regal yet ethereal and delicate.
Photo 1 (top right): Tiger Eye Necklace
Photo 2 (bottom right): Timeless Necklace in Twilight Blues
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