Around the world, talismans hold cultural significance, be it providing protective powers, lucky charms, or religious narratives. In the Middle East, amulets such as the ‘hamsa’ (hand of Fatima) and ‘protective eye’ are staples in the region’s rich heritage. Since launching her eponymous line in 2009, Lebanese fine jewelry designer Noor Fares has made sure to engrave the protective eye talisman on the inside of her pieces. For Spring/Summer 2015, Fares brought this motif to the forefront, naming one of the season’s two collections ‘Tilsam’ (the Arabic word for talisman).
Speaking exclusively to Savoir Flair, the London-based designer reveals, “The main aesthetic of the collection is to link tradition with modernity, whilst providing the wearer with something that represents a talisman.” Introducing new materials such as rock crystal, moonstone, rose quartz, and labradorite – stones celebrated for their healing powers – each of the pieces are meant to “draw the wearer in through their senses, by working the touch and capturing the eye.”
Merging traditional talismans with modern designs, Fares says her greatest inspirations come from immersing herself in culture and the arts. “I often spend months researching my designs, by visiting different countries and museums to find new ideas. This is something Central St. Martins really encouraged us to do; to think outside the box.”
Fares’ second offering for Spring/Summer 2015 is an updated take on the brand’s staple ‘Fly Me to the Moon’ line, which features exquisitely carved angel wings and polished spheres made from different stones and set with diamonds to highlight the luminous qualities of each precious material.
Click through the photo gallery for an exclusive first look at the two collections.
Photos: Courtesy of Noor Fares