Jewels inspired by the sun, sand and sea

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Updated 24 March 2015

Jewels inspired by the sun, sand and sea

Every now and then some large fashion house or jewelry line creates a trend of its own, something unique and significant yet fashion houses around the world catch up on the trend and the “uniqueness” and significance is merged, turning this trend into the new norm for the season. Jewelry also follows the same pattern, yet there are those who break that cycle and create something unusual yet amazing at the same time. The art of wearing jewelry is to make a statement and speak for one’s choice of fashion. Who doesn’t love a diamond necklace or pearl earrings? Everyone! But there are those who are more connected to their jewelry and Lorena Azizeh Abuabara is one of the most unique designers out there with her beautiful jewelry designs all incorporated with nature and her love for it.
From a tender age, young Lorena had a love for jewelry making. Picking up fallen beads as she visited Neiman Marcus while shopping with her mother, she would then go home and create necklaces with her little treasures. Her love for beads and jewelry continued to grow as did her love for making them. She started collecting stones and beads from all over the world. At the age of 13, she interned with her mother’s jewelry designer friend and learned about the business. She learned how to melt gold, solder and get involved with the real world of jewelry designing. Her hobby turned into an eponymous jewelry business not found anywhere else.
During her college years, she signed up for a jewelry design class but soon dropped out due to lack of creativity, which didn’t suit young Lorena’s wild spirit. With no official education prior to creating her own jewelry business, this designer continued on with her passion for creating unique pieces all on her own. Her love for colors, statement pieces and nature was all that was needed to succeed in the jewelry designing world.
“In college I started making myself large statement pieces because I couldn’t find any jewelry I liked anywhere. Everyone was wearing the same pieces and I hated that. People quickly noticed my unique designs and would stop me to ask about them and would even beg to buy them off me. I never thought or planned to make a business out of it, I just stumbled into it. By word of mouth my clientele basis grew and that is how ‘Azizeh’ the brand began.”
Her line comprises different handmade pieces; all one of a kind. Her large chunky bracelets, large rings and necklaces are adorned with colorful stones, weaved with large crystals, semi-precious stones, gems, beads, tassels and threads all intertwined in a way only Lorena can. Her designs are loud and personal; she also uses amethyst crystals and turquoise with healing powers and metaphysical properties. The designer is connected to her spirituality in a way that shows in her choice of collaborations. After living in Maui, Hawaii for two years, she has become attuned to her spiritual side and connection to the universe. In her words, the magical energy of Maui makes everyone appreciate nature, life and everything about it.
“I like embracing individuality. I find inspiration in anything and everything! From the grinds that come out of my juicer to the coral in the ocean.”
The art of creation doesn’t just pop up suddenly, artists find inspiration in every turn and incorporate it in their work, resulting in creative designs and Lorena’s keen eye, travels and inspirations surround her along with her choice of lifestyle. Her choice of semi-precious gems and stones are collected from all over the world and Hawaii’s natural wonders have influenced the designs greatly, getting in touch with nature one on one. Since starting her business in 2005, Lorena has expanded her designs to bags and clutches using the same motif she uses in her jewelry with the addition of sea shells, ethnic patterns, and large charms.
The designer’s bohemian chic pieces speak loudly and have gained attention amongst A-list Hollywood stars; they have been featured in a number of magazine spreads and are a favorite amongst bloggers and beach lovers with a flair for a laid back bohemian style.
Lorena is very adherent about being exceptional and is against mass production for her line, this is due to her rare connection with her pieces and wanting each piece to be special on their own.
For more information on Lorena’s beautiful statement pieces, follow her on her Instagram page Lorena Azizeh. Her jewelry is sold in Four Seasons Resorts worldwide, and customers can contact her personally through her website

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Gwyneth Paltrow, Karen Gillan wear Arab jewelry to LA premiere

Gwyneth Paltrow showed off earrings by Beirut-based brand Yvan Tufenkjian. AFP
Updated 24 April 2019

Gwyneth Paltrow, Karen Gillan wear Arab jewelry to LA premiere

DUBAI: Hollywood actresses Gwyneth Paltrow and Karen Gillan both showed off Arab jewelry brands at this week’s world premiere of “Avengers: Endgame.”

Paltrow showed off statement earrings by Beirut-based jewelry brand Yvan Tufenkjian, which featured teardrop-shaped stones and resembled ear cuffs.

Meanwhile. British actress Gillan boasted a pair of diamond drop earrings by UAE-based label Amwaj at Monday’s Hollywood premiere.

After nearly two dozen films and billions of dollars in ticket sales around the globe, the Avengers are gearing up for a final time — and their last adventure could shatter all box office records, AFP reported.

“Avengers: Endgame” is the final installment of a wildly ambitious 22-film arc featuring the beloved superheroes of the Marvel universe, many of them the creations of late comic book legend Stan Lee.

It hits theaters this week and pundits are predicting a debut weekend that could break records with the first billion-dollar opening in history.

Karen Gillan wore earrings by UAE-based label Amwaj. AFP

That would easily beat out the previous record holder, “Avengers: Infinity War,” the first part of the “Infinity Saga” — as it was dubbed by Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige, who has produced every single movie in the franchise — which opened in 2018 with $640.5 million.

After Monday’s star-studded world premiere in Hollywood, the six original Avengers celebrated the end of the road Tuesday at the iconic TCL Chinese Theatre.

Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) assembled for a final time with Feige at the TCL Chinese Theatre, where they signed blocks of cement and marked them with handprints.

“It’s been an amazing ride,” Ruffalo — who attempted a handstand while waiting for the cement to set — said of the 10-year project.

The 21 preceding films have earned about $19 billion globally, and though “Endgame” marks the end of the current narrative arc, Marvel Studios is far from through.

Even as they mark the end of what Johansson called a “wonderful” experience, Marvel Studios has already announced several new projects: in addition to sequels for “Spider-Man,” “Black Panther” and “Doctor Strange,” there will also be “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3,” “The Eternals” and “Black Widow,” the second Marvel universe film to give a female character solo top billing.

“The fun thing about an ending is that you eventually get to do a new beginning,” Feige told AFP.

“So yes, there will be a new beginning, but right now, it’s about this combination of 22 movies. That’s what we’re most excited for.”

In preparation for the marvelous cinematic conclusion, “Endgame” directors Joe and Anthony Russo took to Twitter to post a letter to “the greatest fans in the world.”

“This is it,” they wrote. “This is the end. The end of an unprecedented narrative mosaic spanning eleven years and eleven franchises.”