Saudi Jewelry Designers

From Traditional to Avant Garde, These Saudi Jewelers Have Your Stone Styles Covered

From Traditional to Avant Garde, These Saudi Jewelers Have Your Stone Styles Covered

Whether traditionally minded or avant garde, these jewelers from the Kingdom have your stone styles covered.
AJ Jewelry lock earrings and malachite choker. Photo: Courtesy
AJ JewelryAl-Khobar
Aljazi Althunayan and Alanoud Althunayas. Photo: Courtesy
Black matte onyx and sparkling white diamonds are the signature look for Al Khobar-based AJ Jewelry. The fine jewelry house was founded in 2015 by Saudi sisters Alanoud and Aljazi Althunayan. Alanoud serves as managing director and is a GIA alumni with a bachelor degree in  nance from Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University. Responsible for daily operations, she works closely with Aljazi, who has the same bachelor’s qualification and GIA certification but serves as creative director, having specialized in interior design.
Photo: Courtesy of AJ Jewelry
Born to artistically enlightened parents, the sisters were raised with the values of art and culture, often visiting galleries andmuseums around the world. The Saudi traditions of offering and receiving precious items as symbols of love and support inspired them to update their local fine jewelry market with pieces stylistically relevant to their generation. Art deco and avant grade pieces dip and dive across golden waves and geometric shapes stack horizontally creating strong bangles. An onyx pendant hangs from a necklace like a key to a mysterious soirée.
For a flash of color, geometrically cut malachite links to rows of set diamonds creating showstopping chokers. This manner of linking is referred to as a lock. “A lock becomes jewelry,” state its founders, who encourage their clients to mix, match, and collect their pieces, which are all made in-house.
Nadine JewelleryJeddah
Nadine Attar. Photo: Supplied
The path to becoming a jewelry designer is one o en fueled by a curiosity stemming and nurtured from childhood. For 33-year-old Nadine Attar of Jeddah, it was her exposure to jewelry and watches as a child through her family’s business that furthered her interest in gems. After a stint at buying, she began designing and ultimately launching her namesake brand following becoming a certified gemologist, diamond graduate, gemstone grader, and accredited jewelry professional.
Photo: Courtesy of Nadine Jewellery
Her fine and high jewelry are handcrafted in Italy, for the artisans’ ability to produce pieces that are “luxurious with high quality,” states Attar. Her jewelry – seen on her muse, Egyptian actor Amina Khalil, and on American reality TV star Kristin Cavallari on the Oscars 2020 red carpet – is often inspired by nature and carries the Saudi signature of proposing unique customized pieces. Women with artful eyes will be drawn to her hummingbird high jewelry piece; an exceptional statement inspired by the structure and color of a bird’s feathers. Made to move when held, the piece is “soft, real, and three-dimensional,” she shares. “My aim with high jewelry is to allow a woman to wear a piece of art around her neck, making her stand out. It’s not about the quantity of jewels.”
Photo: Courtesy of Nadine Jewellery
Nadine Jewellery pieces are customizable, be it through engraving, gemstone color, or piece functionality. Her Rouh collection speaks to spirituality and the power of wearing etched words that hold meaning for its wearer. The limited-edition features delicate symbols with the mother pendant showcasing the lily emblem – also the brand’s – which nods to a mother’s devotion along with the mother-of-pearl on the chain symbolizing purity. For the upcoming marriage collection, expect “classic pieces with a twist,” with an emphasis on stones.
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Originally published in the June 2021 issue of Vogue Arabia

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Lillian Ismail
Lillian Ismail’s Falak Galaxy rings in 18ct yellow gold with turquoise, malachite, and diamonds. Photography: Tina Patni. Styling: Stuart Robertson

Jewelry designer Lillian Ismail takes inspiration for her creations from her hometown of Jeddah. What started out as a high-school graduation project when she was just 17 has developed into a fully fledged career. Ismail is Saudi Arabia’s youngest jewelry designer, and has forged a reputation as one of the region’s most exquisite designers with her namesake jewelry brand.
Luda Jewelry
Luda Jewelry’s Happiness and Purity signature bracelets in white gold and diamond. Photography: Tina Patni. Styling: Stuart Robertson

Dubai-based Saudi label Luda Jewelry launched in 2017 with creative designer Dr Khlood Arab capturing the rich culture of Saudi Arabia in the designs. Using vibrant gemstones and floral structures, Luda Jewelry‘s collections are both elegant and contemporary.
Charmaleena
Charmaleena’s My Heart pendant in yellow gold with lapis and diamonds. Photography: Tina Patni. Styling: Stuart Robertson

Established in Jeddah in 2012, Charmaleena takes inspiration from feminine elegance and playful designs. From the creative minds of sisters, and founders, Leena and Hala El Khereiji, Charmaleena’s distinctive pieces fuse contemporary designs with traditional Arabian style.
Sedra
Sedra’s Blue Cat Eye Double Flower earrings in 18ct yellow gold with blue gemstone and diamonds. Photography: Tina Patni. Styling: Stuart Robertson

Founded in 2015 by Nora and Lamya Alkhorayef, Sedra’s vibrant creations have captivated the region. The pair have been fascinated with jewelry from a young age, with their designs suitable for both everyday and evening wear.
Nadine Jewellery
Nadine Jewellery’s Aurora cuff bracelet in 18ct gray gold with Briolette sapphires and diamonds. Photography: Tina Patni. Styling: Stuart Robertson

Inspired by her father, who has worked in the watch industry for more than 40 years, Nadine Attar, a certified gemologist, launched Nadine Jewellery in 2018. The Saudi label’s designs have been adorned on the red carpet with celebrity fans including Amina Khalil, Hend Sabri, Zendaya, and Yousra.
Nuun Jewels
Nuun Jewels’ Gingko Ombre cuff in white gold with diamonds. Photography: Tina Patni. Styling: Stuart Robertson

Founded by HRH Princess Nourah Al-Faisal, Paris-based, Saudi fine-jewelry label Nuun Jewels is inspired by Her Highness’s life, growing up in the rich artistic cultures of Riyadh, Paris, and London. Launched in 2015, Nuun Jewels‘ contemporary, chic designs reflect the iconic patterns of Middle Eastern architecture.
 Sheen
Sheen’s Dune earring in gold plated silver with cubic zircons. Photography: Tina Patni. Styling: Stuart Robertson

Dubai-based fine-jewelry label Sheen was founded by Saudi Arabian designer Nosheen Bakhs in 2013. Passionate about jewelry from a young age, Bakhs turned her creative genius to Sheen after brainstorming for her perfect job. The delicate jewelry designs draw inspiration from social causes, with the brand citing humanity as a core theme behind its pieces.
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Originally published in the December 2020 issue of Vogue Arabia.

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