Fine jewelry designer Maria Tash Photo: Courtesy Maria Tash
This summer, fine jewelry designer Maria Tash celebrated a milestone moment: the opening of her newest store, located in Prestige at The Avenues, Kuwait. Spread across a whopping 2,100 square feet, the new space is officially the third Maria Tash destination in the Middle East, with the first two opening in Dubai Mall in 2018, and Mall of Emirates in 2021. It’s clear that the entrepreneur has come a long way, having opened her first store in Manhattan’s East Village in 1993.
For Tash, it was important for the jewelry house’s Kuwait edition to tell her story through its interiors. Best known for pushing the envelope with minimalistic sparklers that tempt every shopper to load up on piercings, the designer’s new space is all about clean lines, sleek shapes, and modern detailing, bringing together a palette of soft grays, custom glass and leather and metallic accents. Perched right next to Fauchon, Tiffany, and Van Cleef & Arpels, the boutique also boasts a private ‘women’s only’ lounge, ensuring that every visitor has a comfortable shopping experience.
Maria Tash boutique in Kuwait. Photo: Courtesy Maria Tash
“It has been a long journey,” Tash says triumphantly about the Kuwait store during a chat with Vogue Arabia. “I did two very successful pop-ups in 2016 in Kuwait and I have been waiting to open in the country since. I signed the store lease in the Prestige section of The Avenues a couple of years ago, but we could not get into the country to establish all of the corporate setups and fly specialized employees in due to Covid.” After years of waiting, the new flagship doesn’t just stand out for its envy-worthy interiors and invest-worthy customizable creations, but also for its futuristic touches. “It is the first location to have special tools I invented to visualize and preview jewelry for the patented Tash Helix and Hiddlen Tash Rook piercing locations,” she elaborates, proving that the only way for this fine jewelry designer is up.
A closer look inside the Kuwait store. Photo: Courtesy Maria Tash
She may still be basking in the glow of the success of her Kuwait store, but there isn’t much time to stop and smell the roses in Maria Tash’s world. As she gears up for her next big openings—Maria Tash will soon be making homes in Los Angeles, Dallas, and Paris—the designer of the moment sits down with Vogue Arabia for a quick chat, where she reveals her biggest jewelry insights, from her favorite memories, to the key pieces every woman should own, and much more. Dive in!
What is your first memory with jewelry?
My first memory is rummaging through my mother’s jewelry box and draping almost all of the pieces inside on myself. She had a great laugh when she saw me with all of her necklaces on my tiny body. Little did she know how it would manifest later in life!
You’ve been in the jewelry industry for close to two decades now. Can you tell us how your love for jewelry came about?
My love of jewelry expressed itself [in my childhood] when I was drawing flowers and imagining them in jewelry. When I was 9, I was hammering metal sheets and wrapping wire into basic shapes. In my early teens, I started doing more daring designs, like attaching necklaces to studs between my ears, creating a suspended ear-to-ear effect, and wrapping wire between two fingers to create a “two finger ring”.
As a teen, I also became more involved with music—specifically goth and punk—and developed a love for multiple ear and nostril piercings. By the mid 1980s, I was gluing a gem in my navel (navel piercing were not available back then), because I thought it was beautiful, and was enamored by books showing images of Indian weddings and their elaborate multiple lobes, cartilage, nostril, and septum jewelry.
In the late 1980s, I moved to London and got my nostril double pierced and added multiple ear piercings. After completing college, I took a leap and opened my first store in the East Village, designing and fabricating jewelry and performing piercing daily on all areas of the body. My love for jewelry has been with me since I was a child, and continues today as I am still enthralled with gorgeous stones, unusual diamond cuts, clever mechanisms, and unique piercing locations.
The lapis luis collection. Photo: Courtesy Maria Tash
From New York and London to Dubai and Kuwait, your customizable fine jewelry seems to have global appeal. Do you notice a difference in the tastes of the Maria Tash consumer in different regions? What makes the Middle Eastern customer unique?
Social media has been a great way to equalize demand for certain ear curations. My Middle East clients love bold diamond pieces for all areas of the body, and are not afraid to get multiple piercings. My lotus marquise clusters are popular in the region, as well as my threaded diamond charms and studs in pear and marquise shapes. They also like the large silhouette-cut diamonds (a shape I have cut for the brand), as well as our floating diamond tassel earrings. I feel like my minimalistic, invisible diamond settings, patented mechanisms, and attention to detail are appreciated in the region. Much of what is popular in the Middle East is what I wear personally, and I’m very happy about that fact.
From your own collection, what are the key pieces that you think every woman should own, and why?
I really love my Floating Diamond Tassel Earrings, and my Floating Diamond Charm Studs. The Tassel Earrings I wear in both my earlobes and helix and are a favorite because they are just so lightweight, full of movement, and very sparkly. The diamond charm studs are a hybrid between the desirable movement features of a charm and the versatility of a stud, because they can be worn almost anywhere on the ear.
Invisible set diamond star stud earring in 18k white gold. Photo: Courtesy Maria Tash
I love movement and I love extremely minimalist stone settings. I gave a lot of thought with these studs as to how the beautiful diamond shapes could be gently suspended in the air, held minimally, emerge from hidden parts of the ear if desired, and sit perfectly flush with the ear. Also, I think a Maria Tash essential are my diamond eternity rings, like the five row pave rings, marquise invisible set rings, and invisible set round diamond rings. I like them in a snug fit with or without a charm hanging off for movement. These rings look great regardless of your piercing angle, sit so close to the skin, and feature my signature invisible setting and minimal pave setting.
Could you please share your top three tips on buying jewelry?
First, find a piece you really love, and ideally can wear continuously. I strive to make pieces that are very “low profile” so that they sit extremely low to the skin, which makes them very comfortable for long-term wear. I believe everyone should wear pieces that are low profile, especially studs sticking off the ear and finger rings with stones that sit on top of the finger. A very deliberate low profile setting prevents catching the stone settings on apparel, or the piece turning (on the finger) or pointing down or out (for ear studs) due to the weight and height of the jewelry above then skin.
Pearl and diamond eternity triple linked hoop earring and cuff in 18k rose gold. Photo: Courtesy Maria Tash
Secondly, I think investing in pieces that are at least 14k-18k or platinum is a wise investment because elemental gold, as a commodity, is at an all-time high. Diamonds also tend to hold their value. I have made the decision not to work with any diamond that is less than VS2/G in clarity/color so they continue to hold their value. I would also choose a piece that is alloyed without nickel. In the US, almost all white gold is mixed with nickel, which makes it white. The EU has a stricter standard, and it has always been part of the Maria Tash brand to keep nickel out of all of our gold, so no one will have an allergic reaction.
Lastly, really loving a piece of fine jewelry [is important] because of its beauty or its symbolism, and having it add confidence and pride in how you see yourself is its true value.
Fine jewelry designer Maria Tash Photo: Courtesy Maria Tash
How Celebrity-Loved Lebanese High Jeweler Selim Mouzannar’s Pieces Marry Beirut, Paris, and Family Heritage
Emma Stone in Selim Mouzannar jewelry
In the heart of Beirut’s Achrafieh district lies one of the city’s crown jewels: the workshop of jeweler Selim Mouzannar. Walking through these old and winding, leafy streets, birdsong is conspicuously absent as the feathered friends hide from the cold. Beirut is an ongoing source of inspiration for Mouzannar and his office is a world away from the neighborhood’s French colonial architecture, and light years away from the chaos that is Beirut. Not a paper is out of place; the workshop is crisp and clean.
Soft edges caress white surfaces, and everything is contemporary. Artisans buzz around in white coats like bees laden with nectar. In the midst of it all stands Selim Mouzannar. Effortlessly chic wearing round glasses, he surveys his personal crea ve kingdom and smiles. Hailing from a dynasty of jewelers who supplied the Ottoman courts, Mouzannar has jewelry in his blood. Due to political turmoil and upheavals, his family left Syria in 1860 and settled in Beirut, immersing themselves in Lebanese life. Mouzannar flirted with the idea of becoming a journalist, but family tradition and a sense of responsibility steered him toward goldsmithing, and he embraced his heritage. In 1981, Mouzannar went abroad to study gemology and mineralogy in Paris and Antwerp. An internship in New York followed before he ended up in Saudi Arabia working for Robert Mouawad, the scion of another Beirut jewelry family. Later, he would work hard to educate himself in business and communica on, all the while aveling the world, from France to the US, Thailand to Myanmar, soaking up inspiration as he went and spending time at the ruby mines of Païlin in Cambodia.
Fish for Love necklace in pink gold andgreen enamel, set with diamonds
“I’ve seen open mining in Thailand, on the ground; I’ve experienced the bohemian side of the business,” reflects Mouzannar. “It’s nothing special being a jeweler in the family. It’s not an honorable thing, it’s actually the easiest path to take.” His father was a modest jeweler working out of Beirut’s old souks, but upon his return to Beirut in 1993, the younger Mouzannar stuck out on his own. “There was a conflict of ideas [with my father]. Nothing major, but I decided to start alone,” he shares. His flagship store opened in 2006, the year Israel and Lebanon went to war. Seeing that his prospects within the coun y were limited, and not just because of the war – “There was no room to grow,” he recalls – he chose to look further afield. “I decided to enroll in major exhibitions abroad and found out how much the international market was interested in my designs, in Paris, London, and the UAE. In particular, an exhibition under the foundation of Sheikha Shamsa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum – the impact was amazing,” he says, a little wide-eyed. Today, his work is sold at Harrods, Net-A-Porter, Bergdorf Goodman, and Le Bon Marché, and is worn by Jennifer Lawrence, Michelle Pfeiffer, Emma Stone, and more.
Mouzannar’s clientele share his values: they first seek something they are comfortable with. “Something that gives them joy through the colors I use and, like everyone, we all want to own a timeless object. I always try to find this sort of client,” notes the jeweler. The key to his success is his artisans, and his ongoing love of learning and self-improvement. “I go back to the artisans. I don’t believe a designer can be a real designer without knowing the minimum of the business. The progress, how the piece starts and finishes… You can’t design something without understanding the process. This is why I am always in the workshop,” he says.
Gala Gonzalez in Selim Mouzannar jewelry
It’s this dedication to craft that sets Mouzannar apart. His pieces are easy to spot: there’s a distinct, unapologetic style. “The world of gems is huge, it’s part of the earth, and part of nature. You must have your own DNA. It’s so easy to get into the trend, but you will be like a sheep, just another manufacturer, like many on the market,” he states. Mouzannar’s business is niche enough to bestow a degree of rarity to each design. There are thousands of jewelers out there, but precious few have such a personal s le as his. Mouzannar’s latest collection is called Aïda. Replete with transparent mineral enamel, the pieces are a kaleidoscope of greens, blues, and oranges. It’s a poetic name, bringing to mind the opera and Egypt in its heyday. “By coincidence, my mother’s name is Aïda,” smiles the jeweler. Alongside it is Rose de France, a collection featuring special hexagonal step cuts mounted in a contemporary style with gold, paying tribute to the Republic. “If you see the map of France, it looks like a hexagon,” he explains.
Rachel Brosnahan in Selim Mouzannar jewelry
To date, Mouzannar has launched 15 collections. Each is unique as he doesn’t conform to a set approach, giving free reign to his creativity. “I do what I love, over more than 40 years of working. I was 21 when I started in Saudi. I learned so much, more in a day than you learn here in years, and that experience carries from one place to another,” he offers. In the same way that a gemstone is polished, Paris polished Mouzannar, professionally and personally. “For me, both Paris and Beirut are the most important cities. I believe in universalism, I love many cultures, which I learned to appreciate ¡ om Asia to Europe to the Arab world,” he says. It’s this appreciation for culture, for universal style that informs every Selim Mouzannar piece – unique and universal, it speaks to a creator steeped in culture and always striving for excellence.
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Originally published in the May 2022 issue of Vogue Arabia
Cannes Film Festival may be a celebration of the best cinema across the globe, but on the red carpet, the annual event is all about sartorial statement makers. Flying in from countries far and wide, celebrities have been seen sauntering down the red carpet year after year in extravagant couture pieces—and sparkling jewels to match.
The 75th edition of the Cannes Film Festival kicked off on May 17, and has already had stars serving up some stunning looks, each complemented with the perfect baubles. To kick things off, American actor Viola Davis made an appearance wearing a bejeweled Bird of Paradise in her hair, and not too long after, Julianne Moore stepped out in a classic black gown amped up with a diamond and emerald Bulgari neckpiece.
Not-so-basic earpieces are already proving to be a favorite this year, with Toni Garn pairing her backless white gown with delicate winding creations by Messika, and Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz opting for dangling diamond ear cuffs.
Chopard, the Swiss jeweler that has designed a special Palme d’or trophy for the 75th edition of Cannes, also had its big red carpet moment with Eva Longoria donning a classic black diamond-studded choker by the French Riviera, while Piaget stole the spotlight with Katherine Langford, who styled her shimmering gown with an elegant neckpiece worn backward. And then there was Elvira Jain, who made a case for rubies in a Bour by Jahan choker set, which she wore with a semi-sheer black Atelier Zuhra ensemble.
To see all the best jewelry moments from the 2022 Cannes Film Festival, start scrolling.
Elvira Jain in Bour By Jahan
Jasmine Tookes in Messika. Photo: Courtesy Messika
Joséphine Striver in Messika. Photo: Courtesy Messika
Katherine Langford in Piaget. Photo: Instagram.com
Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz in Chanel Joaillerie. Photo: Courtesy Chanel
Deepika Padukone in Sabyasachi Jewelry. Photo: Instagram.com/deepikapadukone
Exclusive: Balqees Fathi Gets Into the Spirit of Ramadan With MARLI New York’s New Jewelry Collection
Photo: Courtesy MARLI
Among the list of the most loved musicians in the region is the name of Balqees Fathi, more often lovingly known by her fans simply as Balqees. Over the years, the Emirati-Yemeni singer, who has also counted herself as a UN Champion for Women’s Rights in the Middle East, hasn’t just taken over with her powerful voice and strong opinions, but also her unique style. A reflection of her fiery personality, Fathi’s wardrobe comes with more than its fair share of statement-makers, and it seems like her taste in jewelry falls perfectly in line with the aesthetic. This festive season, the musician is getting into the spirit of Ramadan with a special collaboration, lending her face to the Ramadan campaign of jewelry house MARLI.
Though its home may be the dynamic city of New York, MARLI takes inspiration from Asia, Europe and the Middle East, and manages to strike a cord with women across the globe with its minimal shapes—and oh, so wearable—designs. For Ramadan 2022, founder and creative director Maral Artinian crafted what is now called the Tip Top collection, a sparkling series of earrings, bracelets, neckpieces and rings that blur the lines between traditional and contemporary jewelry. And to share the collection with the world, Balqees Fathi was a natural choice. “Balqees embodies the MARLI persona,” Artinian reveals to Vogue Arabia. “She is independent, accomplished, and carefree. Her personality and perseverance inspired this collaboration.”
Photo: Courtesy MARLI
Dressed in free-flowing modest ensembles, Balqees Fathi plays the perfect muse for MARLI’s Tip-Top collection, which feature diamonds and precious stones in blue for an unexpected twist. Describing her relationship with the brand as “magnetic”, the star shared, “I was always fascinated with MARLI creations and I have always been a MARLI client since they launched in the region. The TVC concept has an extraordinary story line to celebrate Ramadan… It was a privilege to work with the team and Angy Akly, the creative producer and director.” In an exclusive chat with Vogue Arabia, the musicians opens up about her favorite Ramadan rituals, her festive style, and of course, all things jewelry.
Congratulations on starring in MARLI’s Ramadan campaign! Can you tell us about your most precious pieces of jewelry?
I have two pieces of jewelry that are very dear to me: a gold bracelet from my dad which I wore as a kid and see in all my childhood pictures, and the second piece was a necklace gifted by my grandmother, may she rest in peace, after I graduated from school, and I still have both these pieces to this day.
From sharp pantsuits to shimmering jumpsuits, your fans have seen you acing it all. But what is Balqees’s true personal style? What do you love to wear when you’re not out and about?
I’m a person who loves to change and you can see it even in my art. Being able to perform in different facets helped me to get closer to my audience. My personal style is always minimalistic, at a times even carefree, but always with a statement.
Photo: Courtesy MARLI
Is your style any different during the Holy Month of Ramadan? What is your ideal iftar look?
Elegant, minimalistic, and I love wearing a kaftan or an abaya.
How important is jewelry in defining your personal style?
It’s a part of my lifestyle, wherever I go, wherever or whenever I have an appearance; it wouldn’t be complete without the perfect piece of jewelry
Ramadan is a special time for all. What’s your favorite Ramadan tradition?
Being with my family, including all the beautiful the gatherings, and reunions — the whole Ramadan vibe.
The festive season helps us all come together with the people that matter most to us. How do you like to spend quality time with your family?
Family always comes first; I cherish every moment that I spend with my son.
Photo: Courtesy MARLI
It’s safe to say that music is, of course, a major part of your life. While your voice has inspired many, who are the musicians that most inspire you?
Definitely Fayrouz is my inspiration, and of course those who created change in the East and the West such as Alicia Keys, Beyoncé, and Celine Dion.
And finally, Ramadan is a time of self-reflection and appreciating everything in our lives. If you could gift someone a piece of jewelry from MARLI, what would it be? Who would you gift it to?
I would give the timeless MARLI Cleo bracelet to my elementary school teacher. I always remember her; she was very patient and kind to me.
Named after the seawater that their color evokes, this semi-precious stone of aquamarine ranges in hue from an almost translucent blue to a brilliant turquoise. Long thought to be talismans of calm and protection, sailors of old believed the stone would protect them at sea, and impart calm on those who carried it. Aquamarines are also believed by some to bring a happy marriage, which is perhaps why the Queen Mother gifted her granddaughter, Princess Anne her Cartier Aquamarine Pine Flower Tiara as a wedding gift.
In 1953, in honor of the Queen’s coronation, the President and people of Brazil gifted the new British sovereign an aquamarine necklace and earrings, adding a bracelet and large brooch to match in 1958. Interestingly, though most of the Queen’s tiaras were legacies from queens and princesses past, the Queen commissioned an aquamarine and diamond tiara from Garrard to match the extraordinary aquamarines gifted from the Brazilian people. The set is known as the Brazilian Aquamarine Parure.
Below, a list of 31 beautiful pieces of aquamarine jewelry—the official birthstone of March—to wear each day of the month.
Earrings, Karma El Khalil
Earrings, Tiffany & Co.
Necklace, Bucherer Fine Jewellery
Earrings, Diane Kordas
Earrings, Dolce & Gabbana
Earrings, Emily P. Wheeler
Bracelet, Faraone Mennella
Earring, Tasaki Atelier
Earrings, Minka Jewels
Tiara/necklace, Susannah Lovis
Necklace, T Balance Crystals
Bracelet, Kirstie Le Marque
Ring, Larkspur & Hawk
Ring, The Alkemistry
Earrings, Louis Vuitton
Pendant, Melis Goral
Ring, Hirsh London
Earrings, Theo Fennell
Bracelet, Tessa Packard
Ring, Jane Bartel
Ring, Ruth Tomlinson at Objet d’Emotion
Necklace, Alice Van Cal
Originally published in Tatler.com
Photo: Instagram/ Marlolazjewelry
The right accessories can make or break an outfit, whether you’re trying to elevate a basic outfit, or adding extra frills to a statement piece to pull your look together.
Today’s accessorizing focus is necklaces, or in other words, a “neck mess”. Necklaces have been around for plenty of years and never fail to stay on trend. Of course, everyone has their own taste when it comes to jewelry—while some prefer dainty, elegant pieces, others have a soft spot for chunky chains. However, what these two aesthetics have in common is their ability to layer beautifully. Over the years, we’ve seen several A-listers, It girls and models hopping onto the layered necklace bandwagon. These days, wearing just one solitary necklace is no longer enough. The trend is all about piecing your favorite chains together, and carrying them all off at once. There’s no need to leave any behind! The beauty of a neck mess is that its a form of daily expression. It tells your story. One great example of a “simple” neck mess would be the one spotted on Sarah Jessica Parker. The And Just Like That… star was recently caught on the sets of her new show wearing Marlo Laz’s 14k gold Southwest inspired beaded necklace, with an 18 inch textured chain featuring a medium pendant, and lastly, a 20 inch beaded chain necklace centered with a slightly smaller pendant. Her layering clearly translates the persona of Carrie Bradshaw, New York’s favorite fashion lover.
And it’s not just SJP who loves the easy-yet-quirky look. Other fans of the neck mess include Hailey Bieber and Rihanna.
The question remains, how does one create the perfect neck mess?
While this look may seem artfully created, it’s actually quite simple and easy. Pick one necklace that you want to wear, and build your mess around it.
Tip 1: Play with different lengths
Don’t forget to take into consideration the different lengths of chains when planning your neck mess. A recommended combination is to play with even numbers. If your starting chain is 14 inches, your layers should go from 16 inches to 18 inches, and lastly, 20 inches, for a good balance.
Jaquie Aiche x Josephine Pre-Fall Collection
Tip 2: Don’t be shy of textures
For a little added drama, don’t be afraid to play around with textures. Go crazy with beads, ropes, cable, or mesh! The sky is the limit!
Tip 3: Just have fun!
The easiest way to ruin a look is to overthink it. Yes, certain lengths look good together, but that doesn’t mean you can’t experiment with your own combinations and permutations. All it really takes to carry off a cool trend is confidence.
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Noora Belselah wearing an Off-White shirtEmirati Noora Belselah works in the aerospace and defense sector and describes herself as an adventurous career woman who loves traveling and exploring new grounds of nature-centered inspiration. She is a hardworking entrepreneur, photography fanatic, and a healthy lifestyle guru. “Nothing comes on a golden plate, and you will always face challenges to reach where you want to be,” she says, quoting advice from her mother. She challenges the boundaries of her entrepreneurial identity as founder of Trend Over Spend, a platform that helps fashion enthusiasts source pieces without over exercising their wallets. She is also a founder of the boutique Lit Fitness Studio that offers a community of fun and fitness under one roof. “I am juggling different roles and projects; however, I believe it’s important and healthy to take time off to unwind and reset,” she says. With so many passions and potential to explore, she maintains a focused mindset by staying organized. “Ideas are easy, but implementation is hard,” she states.Noora Belselah wearing a Prada bowling shirt, Balenciaga slides, and Louis Vuitton.
Bravery, crafted with gems and precious metals, denotes Vuitton’s inborn sense of determination, courage, and adventure. “Born under the constellation of the bravest,” remarks Amfitheatrof, is La Constellation d’Hercule. It references Vuitton’s birth on August 4, the only time of year when the constellation is visible. L’Elan Vital speaks to the unique life force that makes us all stand out and be different, says the multicultural artistic director, born of a Russian father and Italian mother, who also has a singular past, having lived in Tokyo, Rome, London, Moscow, and New York. She is also a graduate of the Chelsea College of Art & Design, Central Saint Martins, and the Royal College of Art.
The L’Aventure chapter offers pieces set with Colombian emeralds, which took two years’ research to pair, representing the Jura forests. “Imagine being young Louis, 13 years old and embarking on a two-year journey to Paris,” wonders Amfitheatrof. The jeweler is considering the times she herself needed to be brave. “Jumping out of a plane parachuting, aged 17; landing a plane in Malibu aged 22; diving with sharks in Madagascar; childbirth; and a brave moment running away from a snake in my house in Connecticut!” she laughs.
Lady Gaga has been wowing the world with her bold performances and head-to-toe fantastical looks from the moment she burst on to the music scene in 2008, and jewelry has always firmly been a part of her self-mythologizing role-play – whether she is spinning a tale of outrageous avant-garde or full-blown Hollywood glamour. From her early homemade looks and dramatic costume jewelry to her adoption of a more refined aesthetic, Vogue takes a look back at her most incredible jewelry moments and proves yet again why the performer is a living legend.
2008. In this early TV appearance, a hint of Lady Gaga’s future avant-garde style is on view with her giant kawaii hair-bow and crystal shoulder piece. An oversized crystal ring provides the finishing touch. Photo: Getty
August 2009. Arriving at Tokyo airport in 2009, Lady Gaga channeled a Desperately Seeking Susan-era Madonna with armfuls of punky studded leather bracelets. Photo: Getty
2010. Lady Gaga made sartorial history at the MTV Video Music Awards by appearing in this now iconic dress, designed by Franc Fernandez – but how do you accessorise a gown made from fresh meat? With a neck and arms full of crystals, of course. Photo: Getty
September 2012. For the launch of Fame, her first perfume in 2012, Lady G fully committed as always to the task in hand. From her adorned beehive to her earrings, her jewellery channeled the black and gold design of the fragrance bottle. Photo: Getty
October 2012. For the London launch of the fragrance, she preempted the body jewellery craze that was to come with bejewelled fingers and matching talons dripping in gold. Photo: Getty
February 2015. A more glamorous Gaga emerges as the years go by. For the Grammys in 2015, she went for the green goddess contrast of silver couture and giant emeralds, the latter provided by Lorraine Schwartz. Photo: Getty
February 2015. Taylor Kinney proposed to Gaga on Valentine’s Day 2015 with a six- to eight-carat heart-shaped diamond by Lorraine Schwartz. She shared their happy news on Instagram. The couple split up in the summer of 2016. Photo: Instagram.com
2016. Only white diamonds would do for her (almost) demure look with a Marilyn Monroe-inspired blonde coiffure and make-up at the Golden Globes, where Gaga took home the prize for Best Performance in a Miniseries or Television Film for American Horror Story: Hotel. Photo: Getty
September 2018. The monochrome look was reversed for the Toronto Film Festival screening of A Star is Born that October. Giant white diamond earrings by Chopard stand out majestically against an all-black Armani Privé look. Called the Gardens of Kalahari earrings, they centre on a 25-carat pear-shaped diamond on one side and a 26-carat heart-shaped diamond on the other. The earrings were also worn by Charlize Theron at the 2017 Oscars. Photo: Getty
September 2018. Her engagement ring from ex-fiancé Christian Carino was in the same traditional cluster setting style as Lady Diana Spencer’s engagement ring, but in true Lady Gaga fashion, it was supersized and in a cartoonish pink. Opinion was divided over whether it was a pink sapphire or diamond. Photo: Getty
January 2019. At the Screen Actors Guild Awards, Gaga channeled sophisticated glamour with a diamond, platinum and gold choker with heart and star motifs and butterfly wing gold and diamond earrings from the 2019 Tiffany Blue Book collection alongside several Tiffany T bracelets. Photo: Getty
February 2019. For the Oscars, Lady Gaga wore the 128.54-carat Tiffany Diamond, one of the largest yellow diamonds in the world. Rarely seen out in public since Charles Lewis Tiffany acquired it in 1878, it had last been worn by Audrey Hepburn in a Breakfast at Tiffany’s promotional shoot. It has since had another outing in this year’s About Love campaign starring Beyoncé and Jay-Z. Photo: Getty
January 2021. For her performance of the American national anthem at President Joe Biden’s inauguration, Lady Gaga wore a brooch specially designed for the occasion by Schiaparelli’s Daniel Roseberry. The giant gilded dove of peace spoke volumes about the performer’s feelings on the occasion, and demonstrated the power of a jewel to convey a message. “Jewellery is there to heighten the fantasy of haute couture,” Roseberry told me at the time. “It reminds me a lot of decorating a room. It’s the chandelier that brings the room alive.” Photo: Getty
Originally published on Vogue.co.uk
Photo: Courtesy of Bil Arabi
The creations of Bil Arabi, helmed by jewelry maker Nadine Kanso, are now available at Bayt Damas—but only for a limited time. To mark the launch, Kanso has unveiled a new collection available exclusively at the luxury lifestyle destination. Expect a gradient of vibrant shades of malachite, amethyst, and diamonds, resting on a bed of 18-carat yellow gold, engraved with contemporary Arab calligraphy. The new collection has been crafted as a celebration of Arabic culture to complement the narrative of Bayt Damas’s legacy.
Photo: Courtesy of Bil Arabi
Translating to “in Arabic”, Bil Arabi features enlarged calligraphic motifs that can be worn on one’s hands or neck, all in a canvas of gold and precious stones. Renowned for the Arabic scripts with personalized messages like “hobb”—meaning “love”—in frames that encase the outer contour of the jewelry, geometries of a human heart, eye, and coral shells are constructed for an elevated extension of the Lebanese photographer’s creative voice.
Bil Arabi was established in 2006 by Kanso, who has a background in typography and graphic design. Initiating with “noon” a project that harks back to the first Arabic letter of her name, Kanso’s work soon progressed into a complete collection of calligraphy-inspired rings, earrings, bracelets, and pendants. Described as “modern heirlooms”, her stunning pieces document a reality of the Middle East far from the typical images hyped in the media.
Bayt Damas’s founding in 1907 sparked the beginning of a goldsmith legacy that slowly expanded from one shop at the Gold Souq in Dubai to international portals in retail stores located in the GCC and MENA region. This coming together is one to keep an eye out for all jewelry enthusiasts.
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