New Jersey via Istanbul, Turkey
Inspiration : The Mediterranean Sea, special gemstones, history
What you should know : Growing up in Istanbul, the bridge between Europe and Asia, afforded Lika Behar first hand exposure to the best from the many civilizations around the Mediterranean. She in turn reveres ancient art and architecture and isn't so concerned with the latest trends.
Her collections feature combinations of pure gold, blackened silver, diamonds and gemstones, the same ingredients that have made up the best jewelry in Turkey for centuries.
"I am a classicist. But I also hate anything that looks 'dated.' I follow fashion to a certain degree enough to keep my
own style fresh."