The Other Worldliness of Eli Halili in NYC

250 Mott St., New York, NYMott Street is the main thoroughfare in Manhattan’s bustling Chinatown, but its northern stretch retains the quiet charm it must have had when Old St. Patrick’s was completed in 1815. Across from the cathedral’s rear wall is a petite storefront filled with handmade jewelry incorporating ancient coins, tiny artifacts, and raw stones set in lustrous gold. They’re the work of Eli Halili, whose love of all things ancient began in his native Israel. “I’m inspired by everything old,” the dashing designer says, referring both to his pieces and the sophis- ticated way they’re displayed in his 9-year-old shop. “When people come in, I want them to feel they’re entering another world.”   VIBRANT VIGNETTES A gifted stylist, Halili drapes his rings, pendants, brace- lets, and cufflinks atop leather books, distressed wood blocks, dress fo

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