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Farrah el Dibany Showcases Van Cleef & Arpels’ Breathtaking Legend of Diamonds Collection

Farrah el Dibany Showcases Van Cleef & Arpels’ Breathtaking Legend of Diamonds Collection

Vagues étincelantes necklace in white gold with diamonds, Souffle de diamants ring in white gold with diamonds, Van Cleef & Arpels High Jewelry; dress, Gemy Maalouf. Photo: Joseph Degbadjo
Having begun her journey in the musical sphere at the young age of 14, Farrah El Dibany is no stranger to the fine arts. The mezzo-soprano isn’t just the first Egyptian-African singer to join the Paris Opera Academy, she also holds a master’s degree from the Berlin University of the Arts and a bachelor’s in architecture at Technische Universität Berlin. Given her eye for the most intricate details, it would be safe to assume that this multifaceted woman aims at excellence in every sphere of her life—fashion included.
Often seen draped in elegant gowns, Farrah El Dibany takes over the pages of Vogue Arabia’s November 2022 issue sparkling in a new collection by Van Cleef & Arpels. This month, the French luxury jewelry house is celebrating its Legend of Diamonds line, which comprises two chapters: The 25 Mystery Set Jewels, and the White Diamond Variations. Here’s everything you need to know about both.

25 Mystery Set Jewels
Châtelaine earrings with detachable pendants in white gold with diamonds, Collerette Mystérieuse transformable necklace in white and rose gold with diamonds, pink sapphires and rubies, Hollywood bracelet in white and rose gold with diamonds, Collerette Mystérieuse ring in white and rose gold with diamonds and rubies, Van Cleef & Arpels High Jewelry; dress, Gemy Maalouf. Photo: Joseph Degbadjo
Over the years, Van Cleef & Arpels has repeatedly highlighted the undeniable beauty of colored gemstones with collections including Collection of the Century (2002), Pierres de Caractère (2006), Pierres de Caractère – Variations (2013), Émeraude en majesté (2016), and Treasure of rubies (2019). Now, the fashion house unveils the 25 Mystery Set Jewels, a collection of 25 statement creations, all of which feature painstakingly cut diamonds that come from one rough diamond of 910 carats, the Lesotho Legend. “Finding a stone of this size in its natural state is truly emotional,” the Director of the Van Cleef & Arpels Stones Department shared. “It’s the kind of thing we dream of but don’t dare to imagine. We are here at the beginning of this diamond, after its formation, when there has not yet been any human intervention. When I see a rough stone like this, I would like to keep it this way, because it is so beautiful.”
The Lesotho Legend, which is counted as the fifth largest rough diamond in both size and quality ever mined, found its 67 brilliant fragments embedded in a series of stunning jewelry pieces. The Van Cleef & Arpels Design Studio ensured that the brand’s trademark style was recognizable throughout. Designers worked closely with expert gemologists and the High Jewelry Workshops to design precious settings inspired by the history of the Maison. For an extra dimension, Van Cleef & Arpels accompanied each diamond with precious gems, bringing together curved lines, and an intense play of colors—via rubies, sapphires and emeralds.
White Diamond Variations
Châtelaine earrings with detachable pendants in white gold with diamonds, Roaring Twenties transformable long necklace in white and rose gold with diamonds, Hollywood bracelet in white and rose gold with diamonds, Van Cleef & Arpels High Jewelry; dress, Alexandre Vauthier. Photo: Joseph Degbadjo
The second chapter in the Legend of Diamonds series, the White Diamond Variations collection, takes us back to the importance diamonds hold in the world of Van Cleef & Arpels. Celebrated since the time the very first VCA piece was sold in 1906 – a heart set with brilliant-cut diamonds – the diamond takes centre stage in this 82 piece line, which takes inspiration form the Maison’s rich heritage.
From cascading necklaces that take inspiration from the Roaring Twenties, to sparkling chandelier earrings that can be transformed into a clip, the White Diamond Variations pieces truly convey the absolute versatility of this most precious of stones. Jewelry enthusiasts will also delight in the Dear Liz earrings (inspired by the 1920s Bow brooch that belonged to Elizabeth Taylor), the Vagues étincelantes necklace, which is crafted to sit gently on the skin like a foam of diamonds, and the gorgeous Boogie-woogie bracelet, reminiscent of the Maison’s archival designs from the late 1930s through the 1940s.
Below, take a closer look at Van Cleef & Arpel’s captivating creations, as seen on Farrah El Dibany.

Diamond Chandelier transformable earrings in white gold with diamonds, Diamond chandelier clip in white gold with diamonds, Collerette Mystérieuse ring in white and rose gold with diamonds and rubies, Van Cleef & Arpels High Jewelry; jacket, pants, Alaïa. Photo: Joseph Degbadjo
Diamond Chandelier transformable earrings in white gold with diamonds, Fabulous Fifties necklace in white gold with diamonds, Van Cleef & Arpels High Jewelry; dress, Gemy Maalouf. Photo: Joseph Degbadjo
Diamond Chandelier transformable earrings in white gold with diamonds, Fabulous Fifties necklace in white gold with diamonds, Van Cleef & Arpels High Jewelry; dress, Gemy Maalouf. Photo: Joseph Degbadjo

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TenThousandThings Celebrates 30 Years of Design

TenThousandThings Celebrates 30 Years of Design

For David Rees and Ron Anderson, co-owners and designers of the TenThousandThings fine jewelry collection, celebrating 30 years in business, standing the test of time comes down to some basic principles.
“We focus on the product,” said Rees. “TenThousandThings is an intensive studio experience. We design and make every single thing ourselves. We have no design staff. It’s a real studio experience, an atelier.

“We sit at our benches and work together every day. Working together is the easiest and most fun part of the business,” he added.

TenThousandThings is having a moment. The jewelry brand has been nominated for designer of the year by the Gem Awards to be held March 17. On Tuesday, a “Thirty Years of TenThousandThings” retrospective opens at the Pratt Institute Library in Brooklyn, in conjunction with New York City Jewelry Week.

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Hand-cut lapis totem earrings from TenThousandThings.

“David and Ron are both the designers and the craftsmen behind the collection, which is quite rare and extraordinary,” said Marion Fasel, an editor and jewelry historian who is curating the Pratt exhibit and has known Rees and Anderson for nearly 30 years.

“They are self-taught but really analyze jewelry history, art and shape, whether it’s Georgia O’Keeffe flowers, blackened silver necklaces from the Victorian era, or beaded necklaces that reach back to ancient Rome. They bring all that to their work. It’s layered,” Fasel said. “They are involved so deeply in the process. While people might not know every detail in the process, they sense it.

“When David and Ron launched their collection in the ’90s, they really captured the zeitgeist of the era,” Fasel recalled. “The scale of their jewelry was in perfect sync with the look of the clothes then, the very minimalist clothes, and their jewelry took off like wildfire, with multiple magazine covers and with celebrities who just fell in love with the collection. They have always been very much in tune with what was happening in fashion.”

TenThousandThings’ signature beaded pink sapphire beads on a gold chain.

Fasel, who will moderate a discussion with the designers on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Pratt Institute Library, said the retrospective showcases several jewelry categories — stone cut earrings, foxtail chains, beaded necklaces, sculptural designs in metal, gems in unique settings — as well as media moments, celebrities who became clients, magazine credits and collaborations with Sotheby’s and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. “The first credit ever received was on Kate Moss in a CK Calvin Klein ad, which was her first appearance in American media,” Fasel said.

“One of the benefits of being self-taught is that they have no baggage of what they should be doing,” said Fasel. “They do what they want to do and invent techniques to achieve different looks.”

The origins of the company date back to when Rees was working as the manager and buyer at the former Linda Dresner store in Manhattan, and Anderson appeared with his jewelry to show Dresner. Rees and Anderson dated for a few years, while the business partnership blossomed and endured.

“This company is based on Ron’s vision,” Rees said. “I came in and helped merchandise Ron’s ideas and turned it into a collection.…We both design, but in different ways. In jewelry design, it’s the process that informs the product. I work in wax, Ron works in metal, mostly, to create the idea, the model that becomes the jewelry.”

At their New York City atelier they handcraft modern heirlooms — sculptural forms in natural stones, silver and gold, inspired by abstract shapes found in nature, often utilizing turquoise, black opals and pearls. There is also a 500-square-foot showroom/boutique, designed by Rees and Anderson, at 237 West 13th Street in Greenwich Village, Manhattan. The atelier is hidden from view just in the back. Among the brand’s bestsellers are the signature pearl beaded chains, handcut Labradorite “chicklet” necklaces, and different jade pieces.

Since 2017, collections centering around fine carved stones are a result of working with craftsmen in Jaipur, India, who take the duo’s models, created in either metal, wax or foam, and use traditional, decades-old techniques to transform rough stones into luminous hand-carved shapes destined to become custom composition earrings and necklaces. “Each piece takes eight people, for cutting, shaping and polishing,” said Rees.

The name TenThousandThings is taken from I Ching, the Chinese philosophy, and is interpreted as meaning from one thing begets 10,000 things. “It subtly implies evolution,” said Rees. “It’s a perfect description of our business. We keep evolving and keep pushing forward.”

A hand-cut Labradorite chiclet.

Repossi Designs Limited-Edition Ring for Cheval Blanc Hotels

Repossi Designs Limited-Edition Ring for Cheval Blanc Hotels

As global tourism continues to ramp up, Repossi and Cheval Blanc have linked on a limited-edition design that celebrates Cheval Blanc’s signature color to be sold in luxury gift shops.

Cheval Blanc, part of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton’s hotel management division, has five locations across the world — including Paris, St. Barths, St. Tropez, Randheli and Courchevel.

Repossi creative director Gaia Repossi reinterpreted the maison’s Berbere ring, with its trademark stacked bands, to reflect Cheval Blanc’s sophisticated, global mentality.

For the collaboration, Repossi covered the larger of its Berbere Chromatic ring’s two bands in a taupe lacquer. Set in 18-karat pink gold, the design also featured 38 pavé diamonds, weighing a total of 0.34 carats. It will retail for 3,900 euros, or about $3,815, and is available for purchase next month within Cheval Blanc’s gift shops.

“This ring is the new take on our chromatic ring for Cheval Blanc, it evokes a nude chic neutral shade that evokes travels and a timeless color among our palettes. I’m very excited about this presence of our classic emblematic rings in these beautiful locations of all Cheval Blanc,” said Repossi.

Maral Artinian on Empowering Women Through Her Fine Jewelry Brand Marli on its 10th Anniversary

Maral Artinian on Empowering Women Through Her Fine Jewelry Brand Marli on its 10th Anniversary

As fine jewelry brand Marli turns 10, its founder reflects on Big Apple energy and creating a brand that empowers women.
Photo: Ankita Chandra
“When I came to New York, it’s like they dropped me from the parachute and then I came and walked in my jeans and I was like okay, I’m ready,” laughs Armenian- Syrian Maral Artinian, the designer, entrepreneur, and founder of Marli fine jewelry. Her family boasts a jewelry heritage that goes back a century and spans Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. But ultimately, it was the architecture and energy of New York that seduced her, and Artinian subsequently founded her company that creates minimal, contemporary, and refined pieces in 18ct gold and with diamonds and gemstones.
Photo: Ankita Chandra
Photo: Ankita Chandra
Artinian shares that she has vibrant memories of her childhood surrounded by jewelers. “I used to go to my father’s boutique and just absorb everything,” she recounts. “I started working when I was 18 and I did a bit of everything.” She adds that her Armenian heritage plays a big role in her life. “It’s my race, it’s my mother tongue,” she affirms. Equipped with a strong sense of self, she began traveling to the diamond hub of Belgium, and slowly but surely, began creating her own designs and pieces. “I worked closely with our craftsmen, going to the workshop, and then spent hours just watching whatever was happening.”
Photo: Ankita Chandra
The brand creates minimal pieces in 18ct gold, diamonds, and gemstones
Once in New York, Artinian began to create her brand on the principles of modernity but also woman empowerment, which she says was always part of her journey. “I experienced it on a personal level – women came, and they were confident in knowing what they needed and what they wanted to buy as jewelry.” Working today with her two brothers as business partners, she says they are all committed to acquiring new workshops, growing their business, and creating jewelry that speaks to women. The brand started working with black onyx, “an iconic color because it represented the eyeliner of Cleopatra as this is where [the collection] Cleo is inspired from,” adds Artinian. “And then we started adding colors – jade, lapis lazuli.”
Lojain Omran wearing Marli jewelry
Emma Roberts wearing a Marli Cleo diamond slip-on necklace
Ten years on, with an elegant and vibrant New York boutique in Hudson Yards, alongside some of the world’s most established fashion and jewelry brands, the founder’s focus is as sharp as ever. Her jewelry is worn by the likes of empowered women Scarlett Johansson, Emma Roberts, and Balqees Fathi. “When I was working with an artistic director and he asked me how I would describe Marli, I said – happy luxury, and this is what I still want to translate today. When consumers put the jewelry in their hands, the pieces have a certain lightness to them and a flexibility that makes them easy.” Artinian is the embodiment of her brand. She practices yoga, contributes to New York culture via her support of the Metropolitan Museum, is forever delighted in the presence of her dog, whom she refers to as her shadow, and is fearless with her fashion – from wearing a Dior Bar jacket, to all-denim. The day of her interview with Vogue Arabia, instead of her usual elegant, deconstructed bob, she showed up with an unexpected long, chunky braid, showing a playful side reflected in her jewelry. And where does this real New Yorker love to hang out? Her favorite haunts are Avra restaurant on Madison Avenue and the L. Raphael Spa at the Four Seasons Hotel. Forever active like the city that never sleeps, she enjoys jogging by the Hudson River on the West Side.
Cleo diamond slip-on bracelets
Cleo diamond slip-on bracelets
From New York, the brand has expanded with boutiques in the Middle East, including Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. Abu Dhabi and Riyadh are the latest store openings. “My dad would have been so proud of me if he was seeing all this happening,” she reminisces. “Every moment for me is celebratory. I have so many such moments actually. I’ve had many, many customers come to the store who’ve wanted to meet with me and congratulate me on my brand. One customer told me, ‘Thank you for creating.’”
A campaign still for the Make an Entrance collection
The New York boutique in Hudson Yards
Originally published in the October 2022 issue of Vogue Arabia
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One of the World’s Largest Polished Diamonds to Be Unveiled By Sotheby’s in Dubai

One of the World’s Largest Polished Diamonds to Be Unveiled By Sotheby’s in Dubai

Photo: Cedric Ribeiro. Courtesy of Sotheby’s
With colored diamonds being all the rage these past few years, Sotheby’s is set to unveil the Golden Canary in Dubai, UAE today. Weighing 303.10 karats, the deep brownish-yellow gem is one of the largest polished diamonds in the world, and the “largest flawless or internally flawless” diamond ever graded by the Gemological Institute of America.
The historically remarkable gem was once known as the Incomparable Diamond, weighing just over 407 karats. It was then recut from its original shield shape to a classic pear shape, thus making it deeper in color and brighter in hue. The exceptional gem will travel around the world, making stops at Sotheby’s galleries in cities including Taipei, Geneva, Hong Kong, and will also headline its Magnificent Jewels auction in New York on December 7. With bidding starting at just US $1, it is expected to be valued at $15 million, and offered without reserve.
In the UAE, the global unveiling of the Golden Canary will take place alongside the launch of an exhibition featuring rare luxury items which will be available for immediate purchase. Think, wardrobe treasures like Hermès Birkin and Kelly handbags, which have been transformed by luxury brand Jay Ahr, and are making the Middle East debut. Other highlights of the exhibition open to the public till November 4, are Lebanese jewelry designer Gaelle Khouri’s new collection, and striking contemporary photography by Morocco-born artist Lalla Essaydi.
Photo: Cedric Ribeiro. Courtesy of Sotheby’s
“We have had an exceptional year of presenting extraordinary colored diamonds at our global jewelry auctions, as the demand and appetite for these rarities continue to grow,” stated Quig Bruning, head of jewelry for Sotheby’s America’s. “Just two weeks after the record-breaking sale of the Williamson Pink Star for $57.7 million, we are honored to offer the largest polished diamond in present existence to appear at auction. Steeped in history, The Golden Canary is one of the most exquisite diamonds to ever be discovered, not only for its sheer size and intensity in color, but for its stunning beauty that is sure to captivate collectors around the world. Sotheby’s is privileged to help write the next chapter for this incomparable, reborn gem.”
Katia Nounou Boueiz, head of Sotheby’s UAE adds,  “We are excited to continue to celebrate the UAE as the ultimate destination for lovers of luxury, with the global unveiling of a gemstone of such extraordinary calibre alongside a selling exhibition curated by our team here on the ground.”
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Prada Enters the Fine Jewelry World with a 100% Recycled Gold Collection

Prada Enters the Fine Jewelry World with a 100% Recycled Gold Collection

Amanda Gorman. Photo: David Sims. Courtesy of Prada
Prada has made its fine jewelry debut with sustainability at the forefront. In line with the Italian fashion house’s boundary-pushing concepts, the collection defies expectations from a fine jewelry line and makes history by using 100% certified recycled gold for its pieces. Named Eternal Gold, the resulting collection features minimalistic, and luxe yet wearable necklaces, snake bracelets, earrings, and more.
Photo: Courtesy of Prada
According to the brand, which has previously shown its commitment to the environment by shifting its nylon production to recycled Re-Nylon, the gold complies with the ‘Chain of Custody’ standards set by the Responsible Jewelry Council. Together with the pavé diamonds, they have a verifiable and traceable chain, setting Prada apart from all other fine jewelry and luxury fashion houses. What’s more, every piece of jewelry comes with a chip embedded in a 100% recycled paper card, that will allow buyers to discover the journey of the creations—from origin to production. In a ground-breaking first, this data will also be stored on the Aura Consortium Blockchain’s platform, ensuring the authenticity of the pieces as they are passed down through generations.
Maya Hawke. Photo: David Sims. Courtesy of Prada
To that end, the collection embodies a timeless aesthetic in its pieces that are made to last forever. Alongside heart motifs and chains, a constant throughout the chunky jewelry is the triangle form, which is now unmistakably Prada, even when it’s wordless. These exceptional details take the spotlight in Prada’s campaign for the jewelry, which features personalities “whose creativities truly stand outside time.” They include the award-winning American poet and activist Amanda Gorman; American actor, model, and singer-songwriter Maya Hawke; and Dutch-Korean-Canadian musician Somi Jeon.

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This New Homegrown Brand is Bringing Playful and Stackable Designs to the Fine Jewelry Industry

This New Homegrown Brand is Bringing Playful and Stackable Designs to the Fine Jewelry Industry

Photo: Courtesy of Maveroc
There’s a new homegrown brand to love and support in the UAE, and it is aiming to breathe fresh air into the fine jewelry industry. Founded by couple Rita Chraibi and Ibrahim Lamrini, Maveroc is a Dubai-based label with Moroccan roots owing to their heritage, and has launched its e-commerce platform on October 10.
Rita Chraibi and Ibrahim Lamrini. Photo: Courtesy of Maveroc
The brand prides itself on its fine jewelry pieces that can be “stacked, flipped, mixed, and matched to suit every mood,” while combining Lamrini’s love for sophisticated mechanisms with Chraibi’s eye for design and color. As creative director, she oversees the production of the pieces right here in the UAE by skilled artisans who use both traditional and modern techniques to bring the couple’s vision of individuality to life.
Photo: Courtesy of Maveroc
Believing that fine jewelry as a medium for self-expression should be more accessible, Maveroc features 18k gold, high-quality diamonds, AAA-graded precious stones, and a rainbow of semi-precious stones in its pieces that are easily available. “We are a digital-first jewelry brand,” says Lamrini. “The convenience of an e-commerce platform means we can be more responsive, really elevate the customer experience and address consumer behaviors that have evolved significantly over the last few years.” Chraibi adds, “We design and create with the intention to encourage, inspire and celebrate individuality. Our jewelry designs allow people to choose a piece that resonates with their story.”

Below, find out more about Maveroc, its designs, and future from the founders themselves. 
Photo: Courtesy of Maveroc
What is the idea behind Maveroc, both the name and the brand?
The idea behind Maveroc is to bring a fresh perspective to the jewelry market and give consumers the option to purchase quality, genuine fine jewelry outside of big brand names, niche designers, and brick-and-mortar stores.
We want to do things differently. We feel the jewelry market has been stuck for a long time in a relatively traditional mindset, in (i) the way the jewelry is designed, which is according to a relatively narrow set of unwritten rules, in (ii) the way the jewelry is sold to the consumer, through luxury but somewhat uncomfortable retail settings and in (iii) the way new collections are released–rarely.
We think consumer behaviors have evolved significantly over the years and our aim is to address these changes, which means: (i) breaking the unwritten rules of jewelry design—we bring sophisticated mechanisms to jewelry, a lot of colors through enameling—the application of a glass colored paste to the gold—and we use a very large variety of precious and semi-precious stones in special cuts and settings, (ii) a top-notch online experience bringing convenience and speed in addressing consumers questions—we deliver in two hours in Dubai and next day in other Emirates and internationally and (iii) frequent new product drops—instead of releasing one or two collections per year, we have new original designs being released every month.
The name Maveroc really means all of this, it is a combination of the words ‘maverick’, meaning doing things in an unorthodox manner, and ‘rock’, and it is also a nod to our country of origin, spelled Maroc in French.
Photo: Courtesy of Maveroc
What makes stackable jewelry so special?
Jewelry stacking is one of the ways in which we give life to our mantra, ‘Wear Your Story’. As humans, we are all multi-faceted. We have different characteristics we can dial up or down, depending on our mood. In creating Maveroc, we wanted to capture and celebrate our many ‘selves’. Most pieces can be stacked and worn in different ways to express different styles; some also have sophisticated mechanisms that can be used to reveal—or hide—an engraved message. People are not one-dimensional, nor should jewelry be. The multiple looks that can be achieved by individual Maveroc pieces are symbolic of what it means to be human: everyone has their own stories to tell.
Photo: Courtesy of Maveroc
What is the inspiration behind Maveroc’s designs?
All of our jewelry pieces are imagined and created by Rita, who draws her inspiration from her own personal experiences. Having spent extended periods of time traveling, Rita draws on her inspiration from across the globe when creating our collections. Her passion for color, symbolism, and special-cut gems hails from her time spent living in Morocco, Mexico, and Peru. Her love of art and geometric shapes comes from Paris, where she studied, a city steeped in eclectic beauty. In particular, Rita fell in love with David LaChapelle and Robert Delaunay who greatly inspire her designs and their beauty – both colorful and unexpected. On his side, with a keen fascination with clever engineering, Ibrahim is responsible for the sophisticated mechanisms found in some of the Maveroc pieces, such as the Dial-up collection, featuring a rotating half dial that can smoothly turn to reveal a secret message.
Photo: Courtesy of Maveroc
How do you envision your pieces being worn?
We want our pieces to be worn all the time! When designing our pieces, one of the central ideas is to make sure that they can be worn in any setting, be it formal or casual, for an effortlessly chic style. For example, our Whatever hoop earrings are double-sided and can be flipped for a completely different look—diamonds on one side and flashy pink enamel on the other, stacked in one ear for an edgier look with more piercings or chained to one another for a classier drop look.
Photo: Courtesy of Maveroc
Why is it important to create the pieces locally?
Being a UAE-born brand is very dear to our hearts. We moved to Dubai a few days after getting married in 2020. We had our children here and we grew in our careers and in our life in general. We see the UAE as our home, a country that has given us so much and which is part of who we are today, so it was very important for us to have the full process be local, from design to manufacturing to customer service.
Moreover, for a long time the Dubai jewelry market, in addition to being a large trading platform, was mainly focused on manufacturing. Over the last few years, we started seeing more and more UAE-born brands that in addition to manufacturing also design very unique pieces that really stand out even when compared to large established international brands. We feel there is incredible talent in the UAE and in the region as a whole and that it is time to change the perception of this market. We think we will soon see the emergence of jewelry brands from the region that will become prominent and will grow internationally, and we want to be part of that.
Photo: Courtesy of Maveroc
What’s next for the brand?
We have just launched, so for now our goal is to establish the brand in our base, the UAE, and in neighboring GCC markets. We want to do that not only through marketing but also through very frequent pop-up events which are the opportunity for us to meet and get to know our clients and hear from them. We see tremendous growth in the industry and especially for online jewelry, and so in the medium term, our goal is to expand internationally in large markets such as the UK and the US. From a manufacturing standpoint, while we now manufacture through local partners, we have just opened our own manufacturing facility in Dubai and our goal is to shift the manufacturing in-house over the next few months, which will give us greater control and flexibility over the whole process and enable us to release new designs even more frequently.
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Opal: 30 Dazzling Jewelry Pieces for Those Who Love the October Birthstone

Opal: 30 Dazzling Jewelry Pieces for Those Who Love the October Birthstone

Opal is arguably the most unique and diverse birthstone of all. It takes on many shapes, each with their own firework display of colors, with streaks of red, blue, yellow, green and purple flashing through the stone, making them a constant source of wonder.
Historically opal was found primarily in central Europe and was a rare material prized by the wealthy. The discovery of extensive opal fields in Australia in the late 19th century changed this, making opal more commercially available and increasing the variety of colors and patterns. Australia is still the biggest producer of opal, but over the last couple of decades, Ethiopia has become a significant source and is known for its beautiful crystal opal which is transparent to translucent with little to no body color and shimmering patches of play-of-color.
The Romans treasured opal as the most precious of all gemstones, believing the ability of this one stone to display the colors of all the other precious gems marked it out as unique and special. Its name ‘opalus’ means precious stone and it was said to combine the virtues associated with the other precious stones and be the luckiest of them all. However, in the early 19th century, the notion took hold that the opal brought bad luck, perhaps partly down to a novel by Sir Walter Scott, which depicted them as a symbol of misfortune; the novel’s heroine is seemingly possessed by her opal jewel, which eventually spirits her away.
Princess Alexandra of Denmark continued to fuel the superstition when, on becoming Queen in 1863, she removed ‘the unlucky opals’ from Queen Victoria’s crown and refashioned her mother-in-law’s piece with rubies.
Luckily, when Australian opals appeared at the end of the 19th century, it didn’t take long for the public to fall for their mesmerizing allure.
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Francesca Amfitheatrof on Louis Vuitton’s New High Jewelry Collection Revealed in Marrakech

Francesca Amfitheatrof on Louis Vuitton’s New High Jewelry Collection Revealed in Marrakech

Louis Vuitton’s new high jewelry collection is an ode to dragons, the phoenix, and equally fierce women.
Radiance necklace in yellow gold and platinum with garnet and diamonds, dress, Louis Vuitton. Photo: Paul Morel. Vogue Arabia, September 2022
It was one of those evenings that seemed to jump straight out of a book that opens with the words “Once upon a time…” Amid candlelight and men holding torches, Louis Vuitton presented Spirit, the maison’s latest high jewelry collection by Francesca Amfitheatrof, in Marrakech’s Dar el Bacha museum, previously the home of Pasha Thami El Glaoui. Spanning 125 spectacular pieces, this is the fourth collection by the artistic director of the fashion house’s Watches and Jewelry division, and it displayed a maturity and confidence in her designs, and the power of creating a recognizable DNA that is assertive, yet discreet.
Francesca Amfitheatrof
Confidence was set through a theme that “invokes liberty, strength, and the notion of infinity, but also the ideas of destiny and of soaring to new heights,” explains Amfitheatrof, who shares that she considers herself “a free spirit.” There are also references from mythology, around fantastical creatures such as phoenixes and dragons, infusing the pieces with power. “I wanted to do animals from the minute I started working for Louis Vuitton, but not in a figurative way, as we are not that kind of house.”
Radiance earrings in yellow and white gold with diamonds, Infinity necklace and rings (left hand) in yellow and white gold with diamonds, (right hand) Destiny ring in platinum and yellow gold, coat, Louis Vuitton. Photo: Paul Morel. Vogue Arabia, September 2022
When chatting in a private room of the palatial Royal Mansour hotel, Amfitheatrof, who joined the brand in 2018, seems pleased when we notice a change in the design identity, now relying less on obvious references. “To me that is very important,” she says. “My challenge is that we are a logo-focused brand, but I wanted to create a design repertoire that you can recognize. When somebody walks in and you’re like, ‘Okay, that’s Vuitton.’ I also feel that with jewelry, you can’t just brand it and that’s enough. We have done things like creating a unique diamond cut, and that is really amazing.” Amfitheatrof also mentions that there are other elements that will continue to enrich her design vocabulary, such as the mixture of different colored golds, the triangle and the arrow, and the idea of going forward.
The Grace necklace, with a breathtaking 65.26ct tsavorite from East Africa suspended by two phoenix wings
From the first 80 pieces presented in Morocco (more pieces will be added at a later stage in Paris), there are two designs that especially caught our attention. Appearing like delicate armor – or dragon scales in gold and platinum – the Radiance necklace is intended to act as protection for a woman, flaunting a 10.99ct mandarin garnet in bright orange. In the Grace necklace, a breathtaking 65.26ct tsavorite from East Africa is suspended by two phoenix wings that unfold around the neck, as a metaphor for the Louis Vuitton woman’s capacity for renewal. This piece took jewelers more than 2,000 hours to craft.
Liberty earrings, necklace, and rings in white gold with sapphires, emeralds, and diamonds, top, Louis Vuitton. Photo: Paul Morel. Vogue Arabia, September 2022
Observing the collection, it is undeniable that Louis Vuitton is betting strong on high jewelry, and the brand has broken through the preconceived idea that a fashion label doesn’t possess the know-how to produce jewelry. As we all know, high jewelry, along with couture, is one of the most conservative of French métiers. But on the contrary, Amfitheatrof, who previously worked four years for Tiffany & Co. as the brand’s firstever female design director, believes that the mass appeal of Louis Vuitton plays in her favor. “When you go to buy jewelry, you need to be in a certain type of mood. We have an amazing flow of people in our stores, so even if jewelry was not what you wanted to buy, you will be exposed to it. We also have incredibly affluent clients that already love the brand, and that we’re attracting into the high jewelry world by showing what we do. And there’s no question that today we work with the best and most impressive stones and materials,” concludes Amfitheatrof. “But of course, when I started, people were curious and were asking, ‘Who is this girl, she is not even French.’ When they saw the work, they started to change their mind, and they understood that we are very committed, we have the best team and materials, and everything that Louis Vuitton does is at the highest level.”
Grace earrings, necklace, and rings in white gold with diamonds and tsavorite, dress, Louis Vuitton. Photo: Paul Morel. Vogue Arabia, September 2022
Destiny earrings and ring in platinum and yellow gold with rubies and diamonds, Infinity bracelet with white and yellow gold with diamonds, dress, Louis Vuitton. Photo: Paul Morel. Vogue Arabia, September 2022
Grace earrings in white gold with diamonds, Liberty pendant in white gold with diamonds, Liberty bracelet in white gold with emerald and diamonds, Destiny ring in white gold with diamonds, dress, shirt, Louis Vuitton. Photo: Paul Morel. Vogue Arabia, September 2022
Originally published in the September 2022 issue of Vogue Arabia
Style: Elena Psalti @elena_psaltiSet design: NineSeven1 MediaProduction: Danica Zivkovic Local production: Michaël Lacomblez at Louis2 Hair: Christoph Hasenbein at Wise & Talented Makeup: Eny Whitehead at Callisté Manicure: Hanaé Goumri at The Wall GroupPhotography assistant: Julien DauvillierStyle assistant: Maxime BardetSet design assistants: Mallory McLane, Carol Vobin Model: Aicha Hammam at Skins Models 
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Discover Bulgari’s Tribute to Timeless Nature with its High Jewelry Collection: ‘Eden: The Garden of Wonders’

Discover Bulgari’s Tribute to Timeless Nature with its High Jewelry Collection: ‘Eden: The Garden of Wonders’

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With impeccable craftsmanship, an unparalleled sense of creativity, and timeless creations Italian jewelry house Bulgari has now launched a state-of-the-art high jewelry collection, ‘Eden: The Garden of Wonders’. Imagined by the creative mastermind Lucia Silvestri, the collection features an assortment of over 140 opulent creations, all inspired by the infamous treasures of nature which are now immortalized in rare timepieces by the brand. As nature is gearing up to be the next big trend, Bulgari captures the diverse spirit of the earth and presents it in a showcase of sparkling emeralds sourced from the mining depths of Colombia and Zambia.
Earrings in platinum and diamonds, transformable necklace in white gold with emeralds and diamonds, (right hand) Emerald Ode ring in platinum with emerald and diamonds, (left hand), cocktail ring in platinum with emerald and diamonds, bracelet in white gold with brilliant emeralds and diamonds, Bulgari. Dress, Alexandre Vauthier. Photo: Julian Torres
While each piece from the collection radiates a unique beauty of its own, one that stands out for its dramatic glamor and unrivaled charm is the Emerald Glory necklace, a true hallmark for Bulgari in high jewelry. Embellished with 11-pear-shaped emeralds extracted from enormous stones, this piece brings forth a sense of mesmerizing nature that’s never been envisioned before.
Earrings in white gold with diamonds, (right hand) Serpenti watch in white gold with diamonds, emeralds, sapphires, rubies, and tourmalines, (left hand) Serpenti watch in white gold with diamonds, tourmaline, spessartites, and sapphires, ring in platinum with diamonds, Bulgari. Top, pants, Daname. Photo: Julian Torres
In an effort to bring majestic aquatic events to life, Bulgari also launches the Serpenti Ocean Treasure set – one that is not to be overlooked. By redefining the transformation of the mesmerizing sea animal, Bulgari exhibits a symbol of infinite innovation and endless creativity in this sapphire embellished piece. Paying tribute to Queen Elizabeth II’s platinum jubilee, the brand has also created a magnificent Jubilee Emerald Garden Tiara. Other iconic pieces include the Colors of Eden, featuring seven vibrant colors all set to take you down an invigorating journey of lights.
Through this collection, Bulgari has stepped outside the ordinary and brought bold colors and glittering diamonds together in a dynamic setting, hoping to immortalize the bounds of nature. Fashion icons including Anne Hathaway and Zendaya have also been seen sparkling in the jewelry house’s latest offerings, which tell a special story one piece at a time.
Drop earrings in white gold with tanzanite and diamonds, Serpenti Ocean Treasure necklace and bracelet in platinum with diamonds, (left hand) Serpenti ring in platinum with diamonds, (right hand) cocktail ring in platinum with sapphire and diamonds, Bulgari. Top, pants, Maison Rabih Kayrouz. Photo: Julian Torres
Grapes of Eden earrings in pink gold with tanzanites, rubellites, amethysts, and diamonds, Bulgari. Dress, Ashi Studio. Photo: Julian Torres
Emerald bud earrings, Tribute to Paris necklace, and Emerald gift ring, in platinum with emeralds and diamonds, Bulgari. Dress, Giambattista Valli. Photo: Julian Torres
Monette Eden goddess earrings and necklace in yellow gold with silver coin and diamonds, Cocktail bouquet ring in yellow gold with peridot, yellow sapphires, and diamonds, Serpenti Tubogas 8 twist gold watch with diamonds, Bulgari. Dress, Alexander McQueen. Photo: Julian Torres
Photography: Julian TorresStyle: Anna KleinMakeup: Aurelia LiansbergHair: AnneSofie BegtrupNails: Huberte CesarionProduction: Danica ZivkovicOn-set producer: Julia IbatullinaModel: Nour RizkVideo: F2MaxDOP: Paul Hattfield Directing: Maxim Sapozhnikov 
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