Jewelry exports rose 2 percent to $166 million in the first half of 2006, the Israel Exports Institute said Wednesday.
The IEE said that in the January to June period, exports of silver jewelry rose 58% over the parallel six months last year to $13.3m., while international sales of fashion jewelry grew 34% to $19.3m. and that of gold studded jewelry increased 2% to $60m. Exports of regular gold jewelry dropped 10% to $73m. Some 52% of the exports were to the US, 12% to England, 5% to Switzerland and the remaining 4% to Hong Kong.