Saturday, February 22, 2014


24K Gold and Oxidized Sterling Silver
Moonlight Sonata Pendant Necklace
with Labradorite
Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia (or the Church of Holy Wisdom) is a structure of unparalleled beauty. 

Though presently known as the Ayasofya Museum, the building is a stunning remnant of Turkish architecture.  Turkey is also home to featured jewelry designer Lika Behar.

Like contemporary Turkish jewelers Yossi Harari and Gurhan Orhan, Behar lovingly implements Byzantine opulence into her beautiful handmade jewelry collections.  Exquisite hues of precious metals and gemstone lure the eye and capture imagination.

Adjoining the butterscotch glow of 24-karat gold alongside dusky, oxidized sterling silver in stacking rings and bangle bracelets provide striking visual dimension. 

Her inclusion of granules and remarkable gemstones like Persian turquoise, pink tourmaline and brown sapphire show her skill at metalsmithing and lapidary.  Her collections are a dazzling presentation of timeless elegance within Old World artisanship.

24K Gold and Oxidized Sterling Silver Karin Ring
with Moonstone
“I was born in Istanbul. It is known as one of the truly great romantic destinations and is the fundamental source of inspiration for my collections. 

I wanted to reconcile the rich inspiration of ancient jewelry traditions with the sensibility of the modern world. 

Each design is handcrafted.  The color selection of the gemstones I use is inspired by Istanbul’s land and seascapes.  I wanted to yield a tawny luxury fit for the modern woman.  The jewelry reflects the ancient history and the modern feminine spirit.”

A selection of items from Behar's lush collections is available for purchase online at

24K Gold and Oxidized Sterling Silver
Milky Way Earrings with Cabochon Aquamarine
2014 Jewelry Trend AlertByzantine opulence by way of heavy gold and lush gemstone accents of turquoise blues and earthy brown sapphires are styles on trend this year
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