Why Arab Jewelry Designers Are the Way to Go

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Call it pride in our homegrown heroes, but we’re thoroughly convinced that some of the world’s best jewelry designers hail straight from the Middle East. Between Lebanon being a hotbed of local talent and the rise of emerging labels from Dubai, Arab jewelry designers are topping our favorites list. From the ultra-complex and thoughtful work of Lebanese designer Gaelle Khouri and the minimalist excellence of Omani brand HAK The Label to Donna Hourani’s “It” factor accessories, these are the ten jewelry designers and brands we currently have our eye on.

1

Noor Fares

Noor Fares creates jewelry “with a soul” by relying on stones that offer ancient symbolism. Since her childhood, the Lebanese jewelry designer has believed that stones contain magical powers, and her work reflects that belief through intricate, talismanic designs.

You can shop Noor Fares here.

2

Donna Hourani

This “It” jewelry label of the moment – worn frequently by influencers like Karen Wazen and the designer’s sister Dana Hourani – needs to be on your radar, like, yesterday. Since Donna Hourani launched her eponymous label two years ago, she has received a lot of her attention due to her sleek, minimalist designs. Lately, we’ve noticed she’s been adding more color into her work, which has worked to only increase the desirability of her gorgeous pieces.

You can shop Donna Hourani here.

3

Lana Al Kamal

Lana Al Kamal is a Dubai-based jewelry designer who recently launched her debut ‘Leaves of Joy’ collection, featuring 13 gilded mix-and-match pieces. She also produces gorgeous Ramadan collections annually, all of which are centered around delicate moon and star jewelry. We’re excited to see more from this regional newcomer – she’s definitely one to watch.

You can shop Lana Al Kamal here.

4

HAK The Label

HAK The Label is a new brand by Omani jewelry designer, Hakima Al Said. Her international upbringing and Arab heritage have come to inform her minimalist designs, which infuse geometric shapes with modern elements.

You can shop HAK The Label here.

5

Shamsa Alabbar

Emirati designer Shamsa Alabbar turned her background in graphic design and love of Middle Eastern culture into a thriving jewelry brand that is preferred by the contemporary Arab woman for its strong luxury aesthetic and Arabic calligraphy references. Typography and art collide in her eponymous range of gold and silver pieces, which feature her signature graphic lines and minimal lettering designs.

You can shop Shamsa Alabbar here.

6

Mukhi Sisters

Indian-Lebanese sisters Maya, Meena, and Zeenat Mukhi have always had jewelry design in their DNA and, today, it’s reflected in label Mukhi Sisters. A lineage of jewelry designers in their family translates to the trio combining tradition with complex, lavish settings. Their range includes both fine-jewelry pieces and more affordable, fun products like evil-eye bracelets and quirky cocktail rings.

You can shop Mukhi Sisters here.

7

Ruwaya

Ruwaya – derived from an Arabic word with two special meanings: “to quench a thirst” and “storytelling” – is a jewelry line that speaks to the rich heritage of Arabic lore. Fatima Al Dhaheri spent her childhood working with her father and his fine-jewelry brand Amwaj before she started creating her own one-off pieces.

After studying at the Gemological Institute of America, Al Dhaheri earned a reputation as a gifted jewelry designer with the launch of Ruwaya, which features precious stones in fine 18k-gold settings.

You can enquire about Ruwaya’s fine jewelry here.

8

Bil Arabi

Bil Arabi, launched by Lebanese artist Nadine Kanso in her adopted home of Dubai, is one of the region’s most sought-after jewelry brands. Featuring Arabic scripts and abstract, modern designs, Bil Arabi was initially inspired by the Arabic alphabet. However, Kanso is keen on evolving her brand, so her most recent collection includes Arabic geometric motifs as well.

You can shop Bil Arabi here.

9

Gaelle Khouri

Lebanese jeweler Gaelle Khouri won us over in an instant with some of the most elaborate and stunning designs we’ve ever seen. With the collections based in philosophical thought, her jewelry has symbolic significance that goes well beyond its surface appearance. We’re obsessed with these interlocking loop pieces from her ‘The Next Perspective’ collection.

You can shop Gaelle Khouri’s collections on Net-a-Porter.

10

Nuun Jewels

HH Nourah Al Faisal is the pioneering and inspiring Saudi Arabian jewelry designer behind the stop-you-in-your-tracks brand, Nuun Jewels. With a cadre of A-list clients and a boutique on the famed Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré shopping avenue in Paris, Nuun Jewels makes a strong case for the preeminence of Arab fine-jewelry designers.

Shop Nuun Jewels here.

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