As a teenager, Chen had a hobby of making things to give to her friends. As an adult, she made her pastime into her profession. Chen's jewelry designs are fresh, fun, dramatic and timeless.
She's an artist who lives in Hadera, a city between Tel Aviv and Haifa, near the Mediterranean Sea. Her studio has a window that overlooks her beautiful garden. So naturally, she's inspired by the colors and shapes of the flowers that grow there.
Her philosophy is simple...create joy. She believes that it is the small things in life that make you happy. "To see a new flower in my garden, to have coffee with a friend, to go for a morning walk and see the sun...all of these things make me happy." And it is from this uplifting perspective that she finds her creative spark.
Her process is organic. Chen says that when she enters her studio, she can't wait to spread the beads and jewels across her workbench, mix the colors and find new combinations of tints and textures. It makes her feel alive.
Using high quality genuine leather cords, in many colors, she studs them with gold or silver charms, tubes and beads, Swarovski crystals and semi-precious stones, to create unique looks. Many of the charms carry messages of Joy, Hope, or Luck. And some bear a Cross or a Star of David.
Her name, Chen, in Hebrew means Grace or Favor. In scripture, it literally means to bend in kindness to another. Surely her optimistic outlook on life, and the meaning of her name, are reflected in the grace of her jewelry.
Born in June? Lucky you! You have a couple of birthstones to celebrate your birth month.
The most popular is the Pearl, a symbol of purity and is known as the "stone of sincerity." The ancient Greeks believed that pearls were the hardened tears of joy from Aphrodite, the goddess of love. They regarded this gorgeous natural phenomenon as something that made love and marriage happen. No wonder it's so often worn by brides on their wedding day and is also chosen to honor the love a 30th anniversary.
Pearls are thought to promote personal integrity, charity, innocence and faith, as well as help to focus a person's attention. It is said to have special healing powers by easing digestive distress.
So not only does this gemstone add an exotic touch to jewelry, but it also enhances the wearer's sense of well being.
The other white June birthstone is the Moonstone. It is very sacred in India because it contains a spirit that brings good fortune.The ancient Romans believed the stone was actually formed form moonlight and that those wearing it would receive wisdom, wealth and success in battle. Not only that, moonstone was thought to regulate the ups and downs of our emotions, just like the force of the moon on the earth causes the tides to ebb and flow.
And like its sister birthstone, this gem too helps to balance the digestive system and helps to bring emotional peace to the wearer.
June babies have all the luck. Two magnificent miracles of nature to claim as their birthstones.....milky white beauties that bring fortune and love. Now that makes one wonderful birthday gift.
I'm Pro-BDS....Buy Defend Support, That Is!
There is something evil going on and I for one will fight it! Instead of sitting back and watching how anti-Semites, under the guise of free speech, practice their hatred, I have joined a massive movement.
I am a proud participant in the global BDS movement.
That's right....Buy, Defend and Support Israel.
The online retail site From Israel To You has a very clear mission. Support Israel by practicing Economic Zionism.
The entire website is dedicated to bringing Israeli products to pro-Israel Americans to give them a tangible way to fight the boycotts of Israel. We provide an affordable way to support Israel and to have a piece of the Holy Land with you all times.
The other guys, the ones who say that they are only fighting injustice, are confused. The core principles of the boycott movement state clear opposition to the very existence of the state of Israel. They wish for the annihilation of the homeland of the Jewish people, a desire that is the essence of anti-Semitism.
Boycotting Israel is also counterproductive to the claims that it promotes peace. By denying all peoples of the region the opportunity for good jobs, and by applying a double standard on Israel (but not on countries where human rights are trampled daily...like Iran), the movement creates a hostile atmosphere where the least empowered are the most negatively impacted.
For me, there is a moral obligation to do good in the world. And that's why I support and fight for a strong Israel. A democratic country in a sea of theocracies and war. A country that shares the values that are engrained in the definition of America.
So maybe we should rename the BDS movement. We can hope that it stands for Brotherhood, Decency & Sisterhood. But for those hateful people who use it as a weapon, it really stands for Blasphemy, Deception & Slander.
Join me. Fight the BDS movement. Do good in this world Stand up for what is right. Support Israel. Engage in Economic Zionism. Buy Israeli Goods.
Our new website is live. And it's exciting!
From Israel To You has always been about connections.
Connecting people to the Holy Land.
Connecting people with the mission to battle the boycotts of Israel.
Connecting people with their spiritual or fashion senses.
And now, our company can connect with you in a way that honors both the artist and the shopper.
I'm so proud of what our team has created...a new shopping experience so that we can do justice to the incredible artistry of our designs, and give the proper respect to the artists who make them. We hope you like the fresh new look and improved navigation.
This project has been a labor of love and it won't be complete until we hear from you.
Please contact us and let us know what you think of our new website....all comments and feedback are welcome. Let us know if there's a type of jewelry you'd like us to carry. Share a favorite artist with us. Tell us which of our featured designs you like the most. Share your thoughts on our Facebook page.
We hope that you enjoy this new site and that you love the artists we bring to you.
This is the time of year when we herald the arrival of Spring and welcome the return of baseball. Opening day games always bring out the most ardent fans. The fields are lusciously green; the pitcher’s mound the only bump in the diamond.
But in April, baseball is not the only reference to diamonds. This most precious of gems is this month’s birthstone and the traditional symbol of love. The word itself comes from the Greek “adamas,” which means indestructible. No wonder that the gift of a diamond represents the promise of a lifelong relationship.
It is also accurately describes the world’s hardest mineral. By the time a diamond reaches the earth’s surface, it had survived millions of years as a clump of carbon under extraordinarily high pressure and temperature. The youngest diamonds are 45 million years old! Though we mostly think of diamonds as crystalline and colorless, they actually exist in a rainbow of colors.
other Nature is not the only creator of diamonds. In the laboratory, diamonds are synthesized by several different processes. The resulting gemstones are almost indistinguishable from the geologically-generated stones. Only by using special spectroscopy tests that measure infrared or other wavelengths, can they be identified as real or fabricated.
That laboratory-created diamonds can be used in place of natural diamonds is great for the fashion industry and wonderful for the consumer. Where once glittery and glamorous diamonds were only for the wealthy, all of us can now enjoy the sparkle and elegance of this gem, as the prices for synthetic diamonds are so much more affordable.
Used as the focal point in so many jewelry designs, one such faux diamond is the Cubic Zirconia. As the low cost alternative to diamonds, this structurally identical impostor has become a leading design element for jewelry.
Just as there are specific locations where diamond Cubic Zirconia set in sterling silver. Made in Israel. mines have been located, there are various centers across the world known for their diamond cutting
expertise. Among them are Antwerp, New York City and Tel Aviv in Israel. In fact, most of the diamonds coming out of Tel Aviv land in the United States.
Even though Israel is one of the centers of diamond and gem cutting excellence, the talented and creative jewelry artists across the country know that the cubic zirconia (CZ) makes the perfect stone for their designs. Using a CZ of brilliant color in a gold or silver item, makes it immediately accessible and perfectly priced for the mass market.
So the way I see it, April is for Diamonds but CZ’s are really a girl’s best friend.
There’s something about it. I often can’t put my finger on it. But when I see it, I know it.
The unique styles and interpretations infused in jewelry designs by Israeli artists tug at me. I can sense when a piece of jewelry is from Israel…there’s just something that flows from the design that connects with my eye, and my heart. I know that it comes from a place far away; a place that I love.
Working with Israeli jewelry artists is an aesthetically pleasing way to implement a core philosophy of mine. I fully believe that pro-Israel Americans have an obligation to fight the boycott wars being waged against Israel. Those who view these as just actions, do not understand, nor do they want to understand, what Israel is all about. These same people do not recognize nor appreciate how their lives are dramatically improved because of the contributions Israelis make to the global society. Every single day.
It’s hard for an individual to stand up to something that is taking place on such a large scale. Calls to boycott Israeli products, academics, scientists, musicians (the list goes on) happen across the planet. But a single person can make a difference and feel they’ve made a huge contribution in fighting what can only be called economic and artistic anti-Semitism.
My goal is help people engage in Economic Zionism. The concept is that with a single purchase of a product from Israel, a person makes a pro-active statement that they are standing up to hate.
For me, the vehicle is beauty. And that’s why I work with jewelry designers. Bringing the handiwork of artists from geographically significant places in Israel to American supporters is an endeavor of love.
Our artists live and work in Jerusalem, the eternal capital of the State of Israel. Some live in the ancient neighborhoods located in Judea and Samaria. Another lives near the Sea of Galilee and she is inspired by the biblically important significance of this body of water. Another lives on the bucolic Golan Heights where, in spite of threats from terrorists in southern Lebanon or from the war in Syria, she leads an incredibly normal life creating some of the most magnificent jewelry using ancient Roman Glass. And of course, the thriving metropolis of Tel Aviv produces some of our artists who are influenced by the modernity of their city while still infusing antiquity in their designs.
For me, the business and mission is personal. It’s my way to connect Americans to Israel, to give them a simple and direct way to fight the boycotts of Israel. It’s a way for me to meet people from all corners of my country and for us to share a common love of Israel.