In both theory and realization, there are few contemporary jewelers as versatile as Israeli Deganit Stern-Schocken; although her original training in architecture imbues each piece with an underlying formal structure, the works may address concerns as disparate as the commercial jewelry industry and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with materials ranging from sterling silver and gemstones to smashed soda cans and pages from children’s books. She holds a BFA from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem and MFA from Middlesex University, London. She is the founder and former Head of the Department of Jewelry Design, Shenkar College of Engineering and Design, Ramat-Gan, Israel. Stern-Schocken has received several awards and accolades, including the Alix de Rothschild Foundation Prize. She is represented in numerous public collections, among them the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Brooklyn Museum of Art in New York; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseum, Trondheim, Norway; Schmuckmuseum, Pforzheim; Israel Museum, Jerusalem; and Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv.