Since its launch in 2003, Beirut-based brand Nada G has become one of the most coveted names in fine jewelry in the Middle East. Founder and designer Nada Ghazal, who describes her brand as “soulful, bold, and versatile”, leads a busy life in the Mediterranean city. The mother-of-three currently has a standalone boutique located in Beirut Souks and stocks her pieces internationally at various luxury retailers. Since last year, however, Ghazal’s focus has been shifting towards the region.
“I have always aspired to connect with women around the world through my fine-jewelry pieces, so making my brand a leading and inspiring one with worldwide presence is on the horizon,” she tells Savoir Flair exclusively. “After putting a foot in the USA, [expanding into the] UAE/GCC is on the agenda… yes, we’re all for it!” From taking care of her three young children to hitting the gym, spending the day at her workshop and boutiques, and constantly creating, the designer behind the blossoming brand is perpetually on the go.
Browse through the gallery below to follow Ghazal through a week in her life around Beirut as she explores the city, shares her inspirations, and takes us into her workshop.
“I love being surrounded by flowers, especially red roses. Flowers and colors make my heart smile.”
“Every morning, as I walk to my office, I look down and remind myself how lucky I am to be living in Beirut.”
“Some people may not like how Downtown has been transformed, but I love it and am very glad to be working here. It’s refreshing!”
“I can never ignore looking at a tree that talks to me and, most of the time, I give it a hug.”
“I am lucky to experience the work of Arne Quinze, right next to my office, and I admire it every time I see it.”
“The art installation of a ‘woman’ lying beneath a bench by Mark Jenkins is another sculpture that I love and look at daily. It has become a part of my everyday life.”
“Markets give me that special experience that I long for every time I visit an old city.”
“I love touching stone, especially if it’s cold. Touching it with my hands or walking barefoot on it makes me share its energy.”
“When you look closely at things, you realize that beauty is everywhere.”
“Gemmayzeh brings back memories of my return to Beirut. It’s nostalgic.”
“I believe people tend to see who and what they are. I am always in a golden state of mind.”
“I am thankful whenever I get the chance to see art behind the scenes.”
“I may not be a big eater, but I appreciate good food that is made with passion.”