The New Year of the Trees!

My Dear Friends,

As my plane touched down in Pennsylvania, I was struck by the white glistening snow on the ground. It's not that I forgot that it was winter on the east cost of the United States, it was more that I remembered the stark contrast to the different seasons as I crossed 5000 miles across the globe.

Israel, which geographically has a more temperate climate, parallels the United States in many ways. We are a fashion-forward country and proud to be a start-up nation, but our weather patterns make us dramatically different. Toward the end of April the United States celebrates two holidays - Arbor day and Earth Day. In Israel, we take those two days, combine them into one, and celebrate in late January. It is called titled, "The New Year of Trees" or "Tu B'shvat" in Hebrew. Unlike the east coast, the end of January is marked by warmer weather and almond blossoms appearing on the trees; the wintry season is nearly over. In Israel (much like Earth Day in the US) children spend time outdoors planting trees, hiking, embracing the outdoors and paying particular attention to the environment that surrounds us.

I love to hike and I am an avid observer of the world around me. I notice the shape of leaves and the way that every part of nature is designed to be recognizable, yet at the same time every detail is unique. This appreciation and respect of nature is what continues to serve as inspiration for the jewelry that I design. The way each petal curves and bends; the way every flower's center has a unique shape and outline. I love designing pieces that reflect nature's beauty. This translates into the organic and artisan look of Or Paz Jewelry.

With the addition of gemstones, the organic look is enhanced and beautified. One of my favorite stones, the sapphire, is a newer attraction to the Or Paz line. Sapphire comes from locales throughout the world, and the traditional blue sapphire was abundantly found in areas near Pakistan. Sapphire is a strong and durable mineral and looks fabulous in our newest rings!

I hope you continue to follow this blog as I will detail the training that I am undergoing as I begin to train for a marathon in Prague that will take place in May!

Can't wait to showcase our new merchandise this weekend on QVC!

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