Kelman and Kastan collaborate on designs, which are then handmade by Kastan and a small team in Tel Aviv. Many of their pieces include moonstones, garnets, emeralds and diamonds that are set amid filigree and pavé. Some pieces reference Parisian Art Deco influences as well as traditional Arabic art. Kelman and Kastan have also started using rough-cut diamonds that make for a fresh take on an engagement ring.
Arik Kastan jewelry is sold at Satine and Roseark. Prices range from $400 for small earrings to $5,000 for a detailed gold necklace.
Suzanne Donegan's 2-year-old jewelry collection Mannin (named for the parcel of land in Ireland where her grandmother once lived) is a study in the simplicity of classic design.
Trained in art history and decorative arts, Donegan spent several years in the estate jewelry department of Tiffany & Co., where she began to appreciate the traditional details used in antique pieces. She launched her collection in 2009, with pieces that showed her interest in vintage jewelry but were more understated, accessories that were more day-to-night wearable.
"Gold becomes this great canvas," says Donegan, who uses all recycled 18-karat gold in her line. "There's something about gold going from hand to hand over time. It's modern alchemy."
The line consists of signet rings and square or circular disk pendants that can be worn plain or monogrammed by local craftsmen who also do hand finishes such as a series of cross-hatched etches that give the gold a semi-matte look and textural depth.
Donegan also creates everyday understated items like thin, angular gold bangles and earrings as well as a custom link called the Mannin chain, which was inspired by an old watch chain and has a bit of an industrial feel.
Mannin is sold at Jenni Kayne and Des Kohan. Prices range from $295 for small earrings to $11,500 for the large Mannin chain-link necklace.