Lika Behar was born in the magnificent city of Istanbul. With roots in ancient Anatolian civilizations, this former Byzantine capital has evolved into a cosmopolitan metropolis which juxtaposes sublime historical architectural expressions within a modern skyline. As such, Istanbul is known as one of the truly great romantic destinations of the world and is the fundamental source of inspiration for the Lika Behar Collection.
Lika’s family lineage is one of storied gold coin dealers, a trade long believed to be the economic lifeline of the Mediterranean. She has a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Political Science, and a Master’s in International Business Administration & Finance. She speaks 4 languages: Turkish, English, French and Spanish fluently. She spent 3 years in banking upon graduation and many years in the fashion industry before launching her eponymous jewelry line in 2008.
Her collection elegantly combines the rich inspiration of ancient jewelry traditions, utilizing only pure and nimble 24 Karat gold. The results are pieces created with a sensual and tactile modernism. Her collections are infused with brilliant gemstones reflecting the varying hues that recall the depths of blue waters that cradle Lika’s birth country. Her atelier and design studio in Istanbul deftly reconcile ancient history with the sensibility of the modern world. Each piece from the collection is uniquely hand wrought with the exquisite precision once celebrated by ancient artisans; yielding attainable luxury for the modern woman whose style reflects a classic yet unique and a modern feminine spirit. Lika’s creations bring a New York City sophistication and elegance to this ancient craft.