Photo by Eliran Dahan for Fig Tree & Vine.
Tucked into the ancient walls of Old Jaffa is Ben-Zion David's legendary Yemenite workshop and gallery. Eighth-generation Yemenite silversmith Ben-Zion David applies ancient filigree techniques to his modern creations of sterling silver jewelry and Judaica. Virtually all Yemenite jewelry is made of filigree, which requires a variety of different tools and weaving with various diameter silver wires. Every precious jewel is designed with "five strands"; each thread has a name of its own and is filled with sacred meaning.
David has expanded this old technique to include candlesticks, menorahs, and other Judaica of his own design. "I try to make a modern shape using an old technique," he explains. "This is what is special about my work. Yemenite people are very humble. They don't have menorahs or shabbat candlesticks in sterling silver but you can find them here."
Behind the glittering glass showcases of his shop, visitors may watch David creating new pieces with ancient tools at his desk in his workshop. His work is recognized throughout the world and he is considered a master in the creation of Jewish Yemenite art. He has won several awards and his unique designs are exhibited in galleries and museums across America, Australia, Russia and Europe -- as well as appearing on international fashion runways. David's jewelry has been worn by celebrities and artists and his spectacular crown shaped candlesticks were presented in Buckingham Palace by Shimon Peres as a gift to Queen Elizabeth II of England.
These candleholders are part of an exclusive collection of jewelry and Judaica curated by Fig Tree & Vine. We've carefully selected pieces that can serve as heirloom gifts for weddings and bar and bat mitzvahs as well as affordable, beautiful earrings and rings. We are thrilled and honored to be able to bring Ben-Zion David's original and exotic creations directly from Jaffa to our customers.
Shop Ben-Zion David's collection here.