Meet Your Alter-ego and Bedeck It in Jewels

Curator Nirit Nelson challenged Israel's gem smiths: Make something you'd wear.

When curator Nirit Nelson began looking for a theme for the sixth exhibit of Israeli jewelry, which opened Sunday at Tel Aviv's Eretz Israel Museum, she discovered a seemingly banal fact that had eluded her until then; like the proverbial cobbler whose kids go barefoot, Nelson realized that Israeli silversmiths wear very little jewelry.