Article Photos: Jewelry designer Alexis Bittar in expansion mode 3/4

In two decades, Alexis Bittar has gone from selling his handcrafted pieces on the streets of Manhattan's St. Marks Place to bejeweling the First Lady Michelle Obama, blazing a trail for a generation of fashion jewelry designers. Here, a look at Alexis Bittar's Spring/Summer 2012 collection. (Courtesy of Alexis Bittar via Los Angeles Times/MCT)