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Dec 12, 2014

by Galit Barak

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My name is Galit Barak, and I’m a jewelry designer and master’s student at Shenkar College of Engineering, Design and Art. I create contemporary jewelry with geometric and minimalist lines for my label, FORMA. I live in Karkur, Israel with my partner Ronen.

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“Forma” is the Latin word for form, which is the main concept of my work. I aim to create the right form for an idea, feeling, or material. I like to keep my designs clean, smart and simple, and I believe that good design is very straightforward. I’m inspired by my surroundings: natural rocks and crystals, urban landscapes, architecture and mechanisms. I also work on conceptual art jewelry, where I strive to be innovative, stretch boundaries and create unfamiliar layouts.

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I get my ideas from staring through the open air, sometimes while daydreaming in the sunny garden and sometimes at random, when I have no place to write them down. I love how quick the process can be, from having an idea to cultivating the first prototype. I don’t usually sketch much – instead, I prefer working directly with metal wires and sheets and developing my pieces through the making. The best designs I have are the ones that came from “mistakes” and playing with different elements of the process.

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Jewelry was not my first choice of discipline; for a while I sold my work to family and friends, but kept aiming for a higher education in fine art. It wasn’t until I visited the jewelry design department at Shenkar that I realized jewelry could be a platform and method for me to explore my ideas as wearable 3D objects. Etsy was the first place I presented my work to people, and soon after, I began selling.

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My Etsy shop has been my main source of income during my studies, and I think Etsy is a wonderful platform to grow as an independent designer. My business has grown significantly over the years, with a lot of changes and transitions – some of which people thought were too dramatic. I always try to do what feels right for me. In the future, I hope to keep being true to myself, developing my work and selling my jewelry around the world. Opening a workspace and store of my own – and collaborating with other designers – is something that I look forward to.

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All photographs by Aya Wind.

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Kimora diamond hook earrings, long diamond earrings, 14k gold hook stud earrings
Kimora diamond hook earrings, long diamond earrings, 14k gold hook stud earrings
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$340.00 USD
Tami gold pendulum earrings, pendant hoop earrings
Tami gold pendulum earrings, pendant hoop earrings
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$109.00 USD
Kimora ring, Modern engagement ring, minimalist engagement ring, 14k gold dainty diamond ring thin diamond ring
Kimora ring, Modern engagement ring, minimalist engagement ring, 14k gold dainty diamond ring thin diamond ring
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$315.00 USD
Astrid triangle diamond necklace, geometric diamond necklace
Astrid triangle diamond necklace, geometric diamond necklace
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$520.00 USD
ALBA asymmetrical diamond pendant necklace, micro pave diamond pendant
ALBA asymmetrical diamond pendant necklace, micro pave diamond pendant
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$680.00 USD
JOAN 14k solid gold sculptural earrings
JOAN 14k solid gold sculptural earrings
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$460.00 USD
ISSA, 14k solid gold abstract pendant, gold geometric necklace
ISSA, 14k solid gold abstract pendant, gold geometric necklace
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$245.00 USD
Arden vertical baguette ring, baguette diamond engagement ring
Arden vertical baguette ring, baguette diamond engagement ring
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$440.00 USD
Frankie square diamond stud earrings, tiny diamond stud earrings
Frankie square diamond stud earrings, tiny diamond stud earrings
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$240.00 USD
TREY Geometric cuff bracelet, sterling silver cuff bracelets for women, minimalist cuff bracelet
TREY Geometric cuff bracelet, sterling silver cuff bracelets for women, minimalist cuff bracelet
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$129.00 USD
Rose unique engagement ring, half carat diamond engagement ring
Rose unique engagement ring, half carat diamond engagement ring
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$1,115.00 USD
CLEO diamond horseshoe studs, lucky horseshoe studs
CLEO diamond horseshoe studs, lucky horseshoe studs
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$340.00 USD
Mix and match gold earrings, 14k gold mismatched stud earrings, asymmetrical earring set
Mix and match gold earrings, 14k gold mismatched stud earrings, asymmetrical earring set
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$50.00 USD
DUO Sterling silver CZ ring, geometric silver ring
DUO Sterling silver CZ ring, geometric silver ring
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$89.00 USD
Sabo 14k knife edge wedding band, unisex knife edge wedding ring, matte wedding band
Sabo 14k knife edge wedding band, unisex knife edge wedding ring, matte wedding band
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$315.00 USD
Long Tami abstract earrings gold, silver asymmetrical earrings, silver statement earrings
Long Tami abstract earrings gold, silver asymmetrical earrings, silver statement earrings
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$135.00 USD
Seth wave ring sterling silver, geometric silver ring, minimalist silver ring
Seth wave ring sterling silver, geometric silver ring, minimalist silver ring
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$135.00 USD
Alia earrings / gold, long gold earrings, drop earrings, long post stud earrings gold, geometric gold earrings, minimalist gold earrings
Alia earrings / gold, long gold earrings, drop earrings, long post stud earrings gold, geometric gold earrings, minimalist gold earrings
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$92.00 USD
Kimora alternative engagement ring diamond, 14k gold coil ring, gold wrap ring
Kimora alternative engagement ring diamond, 14k gold coil ring, gold wrap ring
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$315.00 USD
Milan geometric wedding ring in 14k gold
Milan geometric wedding ring in 14k gold
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$385.00 USD
Lee earrings, line shape with a little dot beside, 14k gold
Lee earrings, line shape with a little dot beside, 14k gold
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$155.00 USD
Sol 14k gold arch stud earrings, pave diamond stud earrings
Sol 14k gold arch stud earrings, pave diamond stud earrings
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$340.00 USD
CLEO horseshoe stud earrings, mini U shape stud earrings, diamonds studs
CLEO horseshoe stud earrings, mini U shape stud earrings, diamonds studs
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$340.00 USD
TONY earrings, Geometric hoops handmade with 14K gold and diamonds
TONY earrings, Geometric hoops handmade with 14K gold and diamonds
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$475.00 USD
LOGAN earrings, U shape stud earrings with diamonds 14k gold
LOGAN earrings, U shape stud earrings with diamonds 14k gold
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$475.00 USD
Corrine engagement ring, half carat diamond engagement ring
Corrine engagement ring, half carat diamond engagement ring
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$1,115.00 USD
Mini Bobbi modern hoop earrings, rectangle hoop earrings
Mini Bobbi modern hoop earrings, rectangle hoop earrings
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$95.00 USD
Single 14k earring, second piercing earrings, tiny 14k gold studs
Single 14k earring, second piercing earrings, tiny 14k gold studs
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$50.00 USD
Tami modernist earrings, double loop earrings, silver statement earrings
Tami modernist earrings, double loop earrings, silver statement earrings
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$109.00 USD
T shape earrings, solid 14k gold earrings, 14k gold stud earrings, solid gold stud earrings, geometric gold earrings
T shape earrings, solid 14k gold earrings, 14k gold stud earrings, solid gold stud earrings, geometric gold earrings
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$99.00 USD
Seth curved ring, wave ring, abstract ring
Seth curved ring, wave ring, abstract ring
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$135.00 USD
Nelly geometric engagement ring, asymmetrical engagement ring, micro pave engagement ring
Nelly geometric engagement ring, asymmetrical engagement ring, micro pave engagement ring
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$625.00 USD
Nugget earrings, minimalist gold stud earrings, tiny gold stud earrings, 14k gold stud earrings, small gold earrings, solid 14k gold earring
Nugget earrings, minimalist gold stud earrings, tiny gold stud earrings, 14k gold stud earrings, small gold earrings, solid 14k gold earring
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$99.00 USD
Nicky Ring, Nicky Ring, silver geometric ring, delicate silver ring, minimalist silver ring
Nicky Ring, Nicky Ring, silver geometric ring, delicate silver ring, minimalist silver ring
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$89.00 USD
Coline minimalist cuff bracelet, sterling silver and gold open cuff bracelet
Coline minimalist cuff bracelet, sterling silver and gold open cuff bracelet
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$159.00 USD
Coline ball cuff bracelet, double ball open cuff bracelet
Coline ball cuff bracelet, double ball open cuff bracelet
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$159.00 USD
Coline cuff, open cuff bracelet silver, open cuff silver bracelet, geometric cuff bracelet, minimalist cuff bracelet
Coline cuff, open cuff bracelet silver, open cuff silver bracelet, geometric cuff bracelet, minimalist cuff bracelet
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$159.00 USD
L shape earrings, v stud earring 14k gold, 14k gold chevron studs
L shape earrings, v stud earring 14k gold, 14k gold chevron studs
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$99.00 USD
14k gold triangle earrings, solid gold stud earrings 14k
14k gold triangle earrings, solid gold stud earrings 14k
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$99.00 USD
Solid 14k rectangle stud earrings, 14k gold bar stud earrings, wide bar stud earrings
Solid 14k rectangle stud earrings, 14k gold bar stud earrings, wide bar stud earrings
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$99.00 USD
Kiana solid gold diamond stud earrings, minimalist bridal earrings
Kiana solid gold diamond stud earrings, minimalist bridal earrings
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$390.00 USD
Emma geometric diamond studs, diamond staple stud earring 14k gold
Emma geometric diamond studs, diamond staple stud earring 14k gold
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$315.00 USD
Emma 14k gold v stud earrings, diamond chevron stud earrings, diamond v studs
Emma 14k gold v stud earrings, diamond chevron stud earrings, diamond v studs
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$315.00 USD
Kiana modern diamond studs, minimalist diamond earrings, geometric diamond studs
Kiana modern diamond studs, minimalist diamond earrings, geometric diamond studs
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$390.00 USD
18k gold nugget studs, abstract gold earrings, 18k gold stud earrings
18k gold nugget studs, abstract gold earrings, 18k gold stud earrings
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$135.00 USD
Kimora diamond hook earring, j hoop earrings, diamond suspender earrings
Kimora diamond hook earring, j hoop earrings, diamond suspender earrings
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$340.00 USD
Arden baguette diamond engagement ring, dainty baguette ring
Arden baguette diamond engagement ring, dainty baguette ring
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$440.00 USD
Frankie square diamond earrings, minimalist diamond stud earrings
Frankie square diamond earrings, minimalist diamond stud earrings
CONTOURstudio
$240.00 USD
Astrid pave diamond necklace, 14k gold triangle diamond necklace
Astrid pave diamond necklace, 14k gold triangle diamond necklace
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$520.00 USD
Emma dainty diamond necklace gold, pave diamond necklace, minimalist diamond necklace
Emma dainty diamond necklace gold, pave diamond necklace, minimalist diamond necklace
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$330.00 USD
Emma dainty diamond necklace, 14k gold v shape necklace
Emma dainty diamond necklace, 14k gold v shape necklace
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$330.00 USD
14k gold mismatch earring set, mix and match stud earrings
14k gold mismatch earring set, mix and match stud earrings
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$99.00 USD
18K gold nugget earrings, 18k gold stud earrings, geometric gold stud earrings
18K gold nugget earrings, 18k gold stud earrings, geometric gold stud earrings
CONTOURstudio
$135.00 USD
Rhonda huggie earrings silver, ear hugger earrings, minimalist ear climber
Rhonda huggie earrings silver, ear hugger earrings, minimalist ear climber
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$55.00 USD
Skyler double sided earring sterling silver, mismatched earrings dangle studs
Skyler double sided earring sterling silver, mismatched earrings dangle studs
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$95.00 USD
Kristina asymmetrical earrings, mismatched earrings, silver statement earrings
Kristina asymmetrical earrings, mismatched earrings, silver statement earrings
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$125.00 USD
Solid 14k gold line earrings, 14k gold bar stud earrings, 14k gold staple earrings
Solid 14k gold line earrings, 14k gold bar stud earrings, 14k gold staple earrings
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$99.00 USD
Penelope alternative engagement ring, pave engagement ring diamond, geometric engagement ring
Penelope alternative engagement ring, pave engagement ring diamond, geometric engagement ring
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$990.00 USD
Tiny silver stud earrings, faceted silver studs
Tiny silver stud earrings, faceted silver studs
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$59.00 USD
2mm gold stud earrings, 14k gold tiny stud earrings, second piercing studs
2mm gold stud earrings, 14k gold tiny stud earrings, second piercing studs
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$99.00 USD

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