The husband and wife team behind Yvel, an internationally renowned jewelry design and manufacturing company based outside of Jerusalem, has crossed the globe many times over in the search for the “next big thing” in gem stones. Yet one of the key aspects of their business is rooted very close to home.
Isaac and Orna Levy are the faces behind Yvel, established in 1986 and part of an industry in Israel that brings in annual revenues of around half a billion dollars, according to recent statistics from the Israeli Jewelry Manufacturer’s Association. Yvel’s products are sold in more than 650 stores internationally; its high-end designs -- which focus on pearls, gold and multihued sapphires -- have been worn on the red carpet by celebrities including Scarlett Johansson, Katy Perry, Selena Gomez and Rihanna. Yvel has also nabbed multiple design awards, including the prestigious Town and Country honors – the “Oscars of the jewelry world."
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