This Jewelry Brand Is a Strong Reflection of Emirati Culture

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H.H. Sheikha Mariam MKS Jewellery
Photo: Courtesy of MKS Jewelry

Launched in 2013, MKS Jewellery is the brainchild of H.H. Sheikha Mariam bint Khalifa bin Saif Al Nahyan. The granddaughter of UAE’s President and the great-granddaughter of the country’s founding father, H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, H.H. Sheikha Mariam’s contemporary jewelry designs are a strong reflection of her rich Emirati heritage. Not only are the strong Emirati values and heritage expressed through her designs, but H.H. Sheikha Mariam also incorporates locally sourced materials in her jewelry. The inspirational founder of MKS Jewellery also stands as an ambassador for Emirati women and believes in empowering them through her designs. 

Apart from being a talented award-winning designer, H.H. Sheikha Mariam is also an activist who supports various causes. From social initiatives to collaborating with artists, H.H. Sheikha Mariam is a passionate philanthropist. MKS Jewellery recently announced the launch of ‘MKS Cares,’ an initiative to support all the causes the brand stands by. 

In a chat with Savoir Flair, H.H. Sheikha Mariam discusses her unique jewelry brand, its core idealogy, and also her most treasured piece of jewelry. Scroll down to read Savoir Flair’s exclusive interview with H.H. Sheikha Mariam. 

What inspired you to launch a jewelry brand? Were you always passionate about jewelry?
Every jewelry piece narrates a special story. The idea that a beautiful piece of jewelry can be gifted in a unique way to be treasured forever has always fascinated me. When I combined these two things, MKS Jewellery came to life, and I’ve never looked back.

What is the core ideology of MKS Jewelry?
MKS Jewellery is all about embodying the heritage and spirit of the UAE through contemporary, symbolic, and exquisite pieces. We’re all about mixing and matching, self-expression, and creating something that’s all about the wearer.

What makes MKS Jewelry unique?
When you feel sentimental and wish to share a story with the world, MKS Jewellery is always right there with you. By connecting with lives in this way, we want to be there through the special moments that make life everything it can be.

Your designs are extremely sophisticated, sleek, modern, and, more importantly, practical. What do you think the modern woman expects from jewelry? Where do you believe comfort fits into that equation?
My goal is for every piece to tell a story effortlessly. What makes MKS jewelry unique is that it allows the wearer to express themselves. I like to think of my work as allowing people to express themselves in whichever way they feel comfortable with at the time.

H.H. Sheikha Mariam MKS Jewellery
Photo: Courtesy of MKS Jewelry

What, according to you, does the Arab woman look for in her jewelry?
The Arab woman looks for quality and craftsmanship that they can pass down to generations as they share stories that will never fade. My goal is to infuse everything I create with this ethos and outlook.

What, according to you, is/are the most prominent jewelry trends of 2021?
Chains and charms are very much here to stay, and I simply love them. Add in a pearl necklace, and you have an eye-catching ensemble that’s sure to make you smile from every angle.

What, according to you, is the one piece of jewelry that every woman should own?
I would say a classic diamond or a pair of pearl earrings. They have a timeless quality that is so difficult to find, but you certainly know it when you see it.

What is your most treasured piece of jewelry?
When I look through my mother’s collection, I come across so many pieces which remind me of moments in my life. They have a special meaning for me that I never want to lose sight of. If I had to pick just one, it would be the necklace given to me by my late Aunt. There’s just something about it that makes me smile the moment I see it.

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