The unrelenting, awe-inspiring beauty of Baha'i Shrine and Gardens in Haifa, Israel gives pause to those who see it.
The Baha'i Faith's ideology of unity across cultures and religions, along with the grounds' trimmed cypress trees and ravishing architecture, provide an aura of calm. Israel is also the home of jewelry designer Aya Azrielant.
The Mediterranean landscape of Israel, with the golden sands of its beaches and the greenish blue waters of the bordering sea, endowed Azrielant with constant inspiration.
Raised in a home filled with the lyrical verses of poems, lovely melodies, and beautiful carvings it was only natural for Azrielant to study art and literature at Israel's Haifa University.
In the late 1980s, building on her aspiration to create high quality, affordable jewelry, she and her husband, Ofer, emigrated from Israel to North America and developed Andin International, New York; a manufacturer of fine jewelry for which Azrielant serves as Creative Director.
In the late 90s, for two consecutive years, Working Woman magazine honored her company among its list of top 50 businesses owned by women. In 2005, Azrielant decided to design her own line, the Aya Azrielant Collection, through a separate company, Aya International LLC.
There are three main collections: Couture, Classic, and Chique that are alternately costume and fine jewelry collections. Each collection features splendid use of 18-karat gold, 18-karat gold vermeil, diamonds, pearls, Crystallized Swarovski Elements, sterling silver, and leather.
Her crisscross mesh, lattice pieces, and lariat necklaces are particularly evocative. Her timeless, elegant designs also highlight playful, nature-inspired motifs such as turtles, sunflowers, starfish, and sea horses.
The Aya Azrielant brand offers gift cards, ranging in price from $25 to $500, for Birthdays, Graduations, Anniversaries, and Weddings.
Her beautifully refined designer jewelry has been featured in publications such as Gotham, Marie Claire, Forbes, and Design Only Magazine.
Photo 1 (top right): 18-Karat Gold Vermeil Ring with Lemon Quartz
Photo 2 (bottom left): 18-Karat Gold Vermeil Starfish Claw Pendant with White Shell Pearl