In the early decades of the Jewish state, brilliant green Eilat stones and intricate Yemenite silver filigree were the hallmarks of Israeli jewelry. Of course, there were also traditional Judaica pieces: tiny mezuzot, chai charms, Jewish stars, names spelled in Hebrew letters.
The more classic designs captured the attention of my Israeli grandparents, who gifted my mother with beautiful pieces she would wear to synagogue and then tuck away until the next Shabbat or holiday. As we sat in shul, she would ease my restlessness by occasionally handing me a ring or a bracelet. The prayers washed over me, as I turned the jewelry over and over, marveling at the craftsmanship and studying every detail.