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Liza Shtromberg Jewelry Store

Liza Shtromberg Jewelry Store

When it comes to a unique piece of jewelry, each aspect is essential: the metal, the stones, the quality, the beauty, the value . . . the list is endless.  However, uniqueness is the most important ingredient, for jewelry is chosen to reflect the wearer’s own individual personality. It is significant that at first glance the jewelry is as unique as the person who wears it.

Imagine a precious stone, which in itself carries a deep energy unlike anything else; add to it love, warmth and a touch of mastery! Fine work combined with precious gems results in unique jewelry that is clearly one-of-a-kind. Where is source of such exceptional jewelry?  Jewelry by Liza Shtromberg is located in the beautiful neighborhood of Los Feliz.  If you don’t live in the area, just a few clicks on the computer will lead to the treasure chest of Liza Shtromberg, the designer of beautiful sterling silver, gold, and platinum jewelry made with an array of precious and semi-precious natural stones. Liza’s remarkable hand-sculpted treasures include wedding rings, bracelets, pendants, earrings, and necklaces. Her jewelry has a magnetic sparkle as each piece seems to whisper, “Choose me.”

You are welcome to visit our store where you will find a wide variety of unique styles. We are happy to be your guide in the sometimes complex world of fine jewelry, and our mission is to help you discover jewelry which reflects your own individual values and personal style . Too busy to stop by today? Time and distance are not an issue. Visit us from the comfort of your home, and take a look our website http://www.lizashtromberg.com/ where we have over 20 different jewelry collections to choose from. The high resolution images make it easy to view the jewelry close up, so feel free to preview the jewelry, learn a bit about the designer behind it all, compare your favorite pieces, or call us with questions or to schedule a visit.

Not ready to buy jewelry for yourself or for a special person in your life? Visit our store anyway. Liza’s handcrafted jewelry will touch your heart, and you will come back when the time is right.

The shop is open from 10am to 6pm Tuesday through Saturday. We hope to see you soon!

Wedding Band

14k rose gold wedding band

Jewish Wedding Traditions | Engagement Rings

 “I Am My Beloved’s and My Beloved ls Mine,” “Ani L’dodi Vedodi Li” אני לדודי ודודי לי

 The concept of engraving Hebrew Rings with quotes from Jewish texts comes to us from ancient times. Today it is very common for couples to inscribe their wedding bands with a text that is reflective of the time we live in, for couples often choose phrases that celebrate their partnership and equality. One such quote comes from King Solomon’s “Song of Songs” or “Shir Ha Shirim” and it spells, “I Am My Beloved’s and My Beloved ls Mine” or in the Hebrew “Ani L’dodi Vedodi Li.”

men's wedding band

14K yellow gold wedding band with inscription “Ani Ledodi”

A traditional Jewish Wedding starts with Kabbalat Panim or the “receiving of the guests.” Before the couple officially begin their wedding ceremony they meet with their guests, often in separate rooms. The purpose of this custom is to exchange words of wisdom or simply to spent quality time with the people who are most special to them.

Kabbalat Panim is followed by the signing of the Ketubach – a Jewish marriage contract. For many this particular event officially signifies the beginning of the marriage ceremony.

After the signing of the contract it is time for Bedecken or the “veiling of the bride.” While there are many interpretations as to the meaning of the bride’s veil, one explanation is that it represents every force which separates the couple from each other.  The veil is lifted in order to symbolize the couple’s unity and to suggest that all the circumstances keeping them apart have been removed.

The main part of the Jewish wedding ceremony begins with Hakafor or circling.  For most cultures a circle is symbolic of protection, sacred space, life and creation. In the Jewish tradition a circle is a significant part of the wedding ceremony;  during Hakofar the bride circles the groom seven times. Today a man and a woman may circle together or each might circle the other. In any case, Hakofar is a lovely part of the wedding ceremony for its beauty and the meaning represented through it.

Non-conflict Brilliant cut white diamond set in handcrafted 14K white gold setting

14K Yellow Gold with Brilliant White Diamond

Next comes Kiddush – the blessing over wine – which is followed by the ring exchange ceremony.  Historically, the groom places the wedding ring on the bride’s right index finger. In Judaism it is believed that the index finger on the right hand is closer to the heart, although in contemporary tradition many often choose to place the rings on each others left ring finger.

Wedding band inscribed with "Ahava" or  Love

Wedding band inscribed with “Ahava” or Love

The ceremony is far from being over for Ketubah or the jewish marrriage contract, Sheva B’rachot (the seven blessings), and lastly the breaking of glass must be recognized. Lastly completing the Jewish wedding ceremony is Yichud which gives the bride and the groom an opportunity to spent a few moments away from family and guests to reflect on the special event that took place.

sterling silver wedding band

Wedding ring inscribed with the Hebrew “Besheret” or soulmate

Express the special connection between you and your loved one with personalized wedding and engagement rings handcrafted exclusively for you by Liza Shtromberg!  At Jewelry by Liza Shtromberg, we excited to offer you our Hebrew Bridal Collection where you can find wedding and engagement rings inspired by Israel and handcrafted with an imprint of the Western Wall.  You can even include a personal quote as an inscription on your ring as a sweet romantic gesture to your loved one.

Mazel Tov!

Pearls: The Wedding Gem

Pearl Necklace

Freshwater Pearl Necklace

Shimmering luminously with a soft inner glow, a strand of iridescent white pearls or even a single pearl can be the perfect piece for any bride on her wedding day.  This most precious and revered gem has long been regarded in every culture as one of the rarest, most valued and symbolic of all gemstones.  And no wonder!  The pearl is unique among all gems due to its organic nature, being the only gemstone which is created inside a living creature, a mollusk.  Therefore, it should be no surprise that the pearl, praised throughout the ages by the great poets of every culture for its unparalleled beauty, cool luster, and exquisite shape, has been the gem of choice for generations of brides on their wedding day.

Pearl Necklace

Grey Freshwater Pearls with Sterling Silver Paisley Clasp

“And Krishna brought forth pearls from the depths of the sea

to give to his daughter on her wedding day.”

-The Rig Veda, Ancient Hindu Book, c. 1000 BC

Among the many cultures which celebrate the tradition of wearing pearls as wedding jewelry, the Hindu culture traces its pearl lore back to its holy book, the Rig Veda.  This ancient text chronicles the discovery of the first pearl, describing how the god Krishna descended into the sea, unearthed the pearls, and joyfully presented them to his daughter on her wedding day.  What a magnificent and queenly gift!  A perfect illustration of the pearl’s peerless value and unmatched beauty.  Perhaps the first record of pearls and weddings, this Hindu text marks the beginning of the age-old belief that pearls are jewelry befitting a bride.

Gold Filled Freshwater Pearls and Cubic Zirconia Chandelier Earrings

 Not just India but many cultures all over the world from Greece to Rome to Polynesia possess a rich history of associating pearls with purity and love.  In Polynesian pearl lore there is a legend that when the god of peace and fertility wanted to show his affection to the Princess Boro Boro he offered her a single perfect pearl as a token of his love.  Pearls were considered in much the same way by the Romans who believed that pearls were symbols of love, which would help ensure marital bliss.  To the Greeks, pearls were considered the “wedding gem,” a stone unmatched in beauty.  What a perfect and meaningful gem to grace your neck on one of the happiest days of your life!  

For today’s bride there is a much more diverse selection of pearl bridal jewelry with pearls available in a variety of shapes and colors including white, champagne, pink, blue, brown, and gold.  Such a large variety of pearls allows each bride to take this traditional gem and personalize it. Pearl bridesmaid jewelry can also make a lovely and memorable gift for your bridesmaids or even the mother of the bride.  On your wedding day, feature elegant, lustrous pearls at your neck, encircling your wrists, or even dangling from your ears for an unforgettably timeless look evoking ancient traditions of love as you walk towards your future.

Recycling makes a happy bride and groom!

Recently a lovely couple came to Liza Shtromberg Jewelry to buy wedding rings.

Pave diamond white gold engagement ring

We told them they can trade in their unwanted gold and platinum jewelry and receive store credit. Their family decided to pitch in and donated a few pieces of unwanted jewelry, and one of the rings had a center diamond that we were able to use in the style the bride loved the most. We were able to modify the setting to fit the size of the diamond. With the biggest expense in a diamond ring being the center diamond, and the credit from the recycled gold, the couple was able to get their favorite styles by spending only 25% of the total cost of the rings!

And they lived happily ever after…

Create your own happy wedding ring story at Liza Shtromberg jewelry. Be green, and save green with our unwanted jewelry recycling program, and by choosing engagement and wedding rings made with 100% recycled metals and diamonds at Liza Shtromberg Jewelry. We have a new selection of solitaire styles, with complimentary his and her wedding rings.

Destination Wedding: Hawai’i

Further personalize your destination wedding with location complimentary jewelry.  Liza Shtromberg Jewelry Studio, in Los Feliz, CA, will help you to choose from her signature styles, or design customized pieces for your big day.

Looking out toward the horizon, the sunrise illuminates the secluded white sandy cove and reflects off of the brilliant turquoise water.  The exotic scent of this morning’s fresh fruit- pineapple, guava, papaya, mango, and banana- fills your senses with bliss, as you watch the waves crash onto ancient lava rocks.  You smile at the sight of wild doves circling above, for this is exactly what you had dreamed for your wedding day.  Hawaii’s enchantment parallels that of your love, and you want to make this visually apparent in your ceremony.

Aloha literally translates to “the breath of life”, and is an expression of unconditional affection that acknowledges the importance and appreciation of another persons existence.  It is a word to recognize what can not be heard, what can not be seen, and the knowledge of what can not be known; the true essence of love.

The vibrant and fragrant flowers of Hawai’i have always been a symbol of Aloha.  Shower yourself and your bridal party in Aloha with jewelry from Liza Shtromberg’s Flowers Collection.

Walking towards your future, beaded multi-chained earrings adorned with mother of pearl carved flowers and cubic zirconia droplets frame your radiant face.

If you prefer to display your neck, consider this pearl choker with a carved amazonite flower.

Another memorable token of your ceremony on the island is this beautiful carved serpentine and amazonite floral ring with a rose quartz stone all set in sterling silver.  Looking down at your ring, you will never forget the true meaning of Aloha and your incredible experience in Hawai’i.

Your bridesmaids carry rich bouquets of Hawaiian yellow plumeria and purple orchid.  Pikake is woven in their hair and from their ears hang delicate flowers carved of mother of pearl, and accented with peridot.

Imagine a gentle flower carved of mother of pearl hanging from your mother’s neck as she proudly bears witness to the Lokahi (unity, to be expressed with harmony) before her.  This necklace would also make a wonderful gift to those important loved ones who put so much into making your day absolutely perfect.  This is a wedding they will never forget.

View these tropical pieces and more at:  www.lizashtromberg.com/beauty_flower.asp

While you are visiting http://www.lizashtromberg.com view the entire bridal collection at:  http://www.lizashtromberg.com/beauty_bridal.asp

You will be sure to find the perfect wedding jewelry for your ceremony in the vast collection at Liza Shtromberg Jewelry.  Stop by the studio showroom located at 2120 Hillhurst Ave., Los Angeles or call the studio at (323) 913 1444 to see the pieces in person and to learn more about your custom jewelry design options!