I have always been fascinated with cultures around the world and throughout history. Especially with the extraordinary and diverse ways that people create art. This curiosity ignites my creativity and informs my jewelry designs. I work with eclectic gemstones, ethnographic and vintage components and original hand fabrications to create unique and generous pieces.
A Global Story
My travels take me to bazaars, souks, flea markets and workshops around the globe, where I collect stones, coins, artifacts and amulets - some ancient, some recent - which I then incorporate into contemporary, one-of-a-kind designs. Each piece tells a story of exotic places, ancient civilizations, symbolic meanings and the beauty and wonder of nature.
My private studio is a creative space, filled with extensive collections of turquoise, jade, coral, amber and pearls. It brims with diverse assortments of Tibetan pendants, tribal beads, antique carved jade and many other treasures I have collected on my travels around the world. Their endless colors, shapes and textures provide me with limitless inspiration.
Many years ago I studied the History of Art at Rutgers University and the University of London before going on to receive an MBA. After a successful corporate career in consumer products, fashion apparel and textiles I launched Judith Altman Designs. This lucky life enables me to live happily at the intersection of art and commerce.