Tue-Sun, noon-7pm and by appointment; Mon, by appointment only
6 at Bleecker St.; B, D, F, M at Broadway-Lafayette St.
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Jewelry is in David Lee Holland's blood. (Well, figuratively, anyway.) His father, Homer, was an early member of the American Gem Society and taught at the Holland School for Jewelers in Selma, Alabama. His mother, Doris, runs an upscale jewelry shop in the same town. And David has a shop of his own, David Lee Holland, where he displays his work in twenty black boxes set into the walls and dramatically illuminated with theatrical lighting. Holland's love of the textures of nature is evident in his designs—a lapel pin fashioned after a delicate branch, with a gorgeous black pearl in place of a bud; acorn-cap earrings; a Chinese privet-leaf cuff bracelet; a poppy crossover ring. All of these botanically inspired pieces are handmade of 18-karat gold, some embellished with naturally colored diamonds or black South Sea cultured pearls. Here you'll find a glowing and great selection of pieces like the acorn-cap necklace, coffee-bean earrings, and eucalyptus diamond dangle earings. Even a golden apple, it seems, doesn't fall too far from the tree.