Phoenix. Jan. 31, 2020. On a trip to St. Petersburg five years ago, jewelry designer Lika Behar, known for her modern-day ancient Greek- and Roman-inspired designs in 22k gold and sterling silver, became smitten with traditional Russian design (think gold and Faberge eggs). Upon returning home, she started playing with a cage-like concept as an homage to the silhouettes seen abroad.
But the collection took a while to take shape. For years, Behar made different looks, but none to her liking. Finally, a friend asked her to develop a design to house a large round pearl that she didn’t want drilled. Behar was forced to finally act on the cage aesthetic that had been developing in her mind.
“That request was the kick in the pants I needed to make the Cage collection!” Behar admits from booth #207 at the Centurion Jewelry show. (Also find her at the Select show in Tucson, Feb. 2–3, in booth #31 and at the AGTA GemFair Tucson, Feb. 4–9, in Tucson in the Grand Ballroom booth #3108.)
She debuted a few Cage styles during the Las Vegas shows last year, and the reception was so good, she added more. Round beads of lapis and turquoise as well as pearls take up residence inside some gilded cages, many made as necklaces. There’s also a smooth, oversize, and randomly faceted aquamarine pendant for sale, and a smaller tanzanite version has already sold. Gem-free geometric versions, too, are options. These are evolutions of earlier pieces made in a style reminiscent of art deco. All have been a hit with buyers, with many placing orders that will eventually make their way into stores. (Interested? Email Lika for purchase information at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Behar’s uniquely Mediterranean spin on the idea of Russian treasures gives collectors more of the casual, rustic everyday elegance that they have come to expect from the Turkish native. Want to own a piece of Behar’s history? Retail prices for Cage styles start at $1,500.
Cage drop earrings in 22k gold and 18k white gold with 0.80 ct. t.w. diamonds, $4,400; email email@example.com for purchase.
Cage drop earrings in 22k gold with 12.26 cts. t.w. oval-shape tanzanite, 0.23 ct. t.w. yellow pear-shape diamonds, and 0.18 ct. t.w. diamonds, $4,840; email firstname.lastname@example.org for purchase.
Cage pendant (chain sold separately) in 22k gold with a 58.23 ct. crystal-cut aquamarine, 0.15 ct. t.w. colorless diamonds, and 0.11 ct. t.w. yellow diamonds, $10,950; email email@example.com for purchase.
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