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Designer Profile - Lika Behar
At the crossroads of where modern meets tradition is the birthplace of the inspired creations of Lika Behar. In the heart of where East meets West, she creates her beautiful masterpieces in the ancient city of Istanbul. The city is one of the truly great romantic destinations of the world, where historical Anatolian and Byzantine architecture melds with a modern skyline.
Istanbul and its venerable history serves as a fundamental source of inspiration for Lika Behar. She has mastered the art of melding ancient inspiration into modern usability, resulting in exquisitely intimate works of art inspired by ancient civilizations, hand sculpted for modern women. Her collections feature combinations of 24K gold, pure oxidized silver, diamonds, and gemstones: the same ingredients that have made up the best of jewelry in Turkey for centuries. Her studio is a turret on the top floor of an old dilapidated Istanbul building. In the amazing sunlight and breathtaking views of a 14th century skyline, she sits there with her stones and sketches new jewelry.
Sitting in her studio, dreaming up shapes, looking into the souls of precious gems, hammering pure gold and silver into delicate sculptures, it is no surprise that jewelry making is truly a love affair for Lika, it is her life’s passion. From beginning to end she does everything herself.