Get to Know Arik Kastan Jewelry

Six-year-old Arik Kastan is helmed by a duo who loves vintage styling. Designer Arik Kastan and creative director Tamar Kelman operate between Los Angeles and Tel Aviv, Israel, making Victorianesque pieces with “a modern edge and classic vintage-inspired motifs, eastern architectural forms, and nature-inspired, floral elements,” Kastan explains. Kastan has been designing fine jewelry for 37 years, apprenticing with a goldsmith at age 14 and then making jewelry for boutiques in Paris in the late 1970s. Kastan honed his skills through decades of bench work and now hand-makes all jewels from concept to carving to finished piece in Israel. His vintage signature style also features a custom 14k rose gold alloy—“warm, rich, and intended to be true to the vintage aesthetic of the line,” he says—as well as padlocks that double as clasps. Gems of choice include hand-cut moonstones, labradorites, turquoise, garnets, and more.

from left, creative director Tamar Kelman and jewelry designer Arik Kastan

From left, creative director Tamar Kelman and jewelry designer Arik Kastan

Starting retail price: $600

Accounts: Twenty-four in the U.S., including Greenwich Jewelers in New York City, and three abroad, including Gilding the Lily in Ontario, Canada

Trade fairs: Couture

Retailer buy-in: About $10,000

Contact: Arik Kastan and Tamar Kelman; Tel Aviv, Israel, and Los Angeles; 310-801-9132

Round Needlepoint drop earrings in 14k rose gold with turquoise by Arik Kastan

Round Needlepoint drop earrings in 14k rose gold with turquoise, $880

Three-stone ring in 14k gold with garnets by Arik Kastan

Three-stone ring in 14k gold with rose-cut garnets, $990

Padlock Stained Glass necklace in 14k gold with garnet and labradorite by Arik Kastan

Padlock Stained Glass necklace in 14k rose gold with garnet and labradorite, $1,584

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