Leslie creates quality jewelry from gemstones both new and old from around the world, designing the .925 sterling and 18k gold pendants, clasps, and all of the finished jewelry. She carefully handcrafts each one-of-a-kind piece. After 25 years, she has established herself as one of America's primary purveyors of exquisite gemstone materials and beautiful jewelry designs with integrity, reliability and excellent customer service. Leslie’s Tibetan partner, whose family has had an antiques business in Tibet for generations, sources Tibetan stones, antiques and sacred artifacts.
Leza lived in Japan for twenty years, where she was an art critic for Art in America and a beloved mindfulness and yoga teacher. She opened Sun and Moon Yoga in Tokyo in 2003, and continues to teach remotely. Leza has frequented Japanese flea markets, temple sales, and book vaults, collecting Japanese art, antiques, old books, and folk objects for decades. The New World Gems booth will occasionally have Japanese objects available, in addition to local and vintage finds, collectible books, and beloved objects that caught the sister’s eyes.