TheFace: Rabaa Al-Angari, jewelry designer

Rabaa Al-Angari. (AN photo by Ziyad Alarfaj)
Updated 13 May 2018

TheFace: Rabaa Al-Angari, jewelry designer

  • Al-Angari: When designing my first collection, I thought of things that might describe the idea of humanity
  • Al-Angari: My vision for my jewelry is for it to be timeless

Rabaa Al-Angari: Youra is my fine jewelry brand, which is based in Riyadh. The name comes from the Arabic word for “be seen,” which reflects the process of moving from the invisible world of ideas to the visible world.

My vision for my jewelry is for it to be timeless, something you can wear all the time, all year round, not limited to a certain occasion or look. My collections are inspired by my life and the beauty surrounding us. Sometimes this appears clearly, other times it is disguised and hard to see, which is when the heart plays a part in sensing and feeling it.

I find beauty in small things that carry with them a lot of meaning: symbols, words, stories, culture, peace, melody, music, poetry, dance, exploring the world, people and the planet.

Everyone has a story to tell, experiences to share, and a dream. Everyone can read each item of jewelry based on their experiences and imagination, which is what makes each piece a work of art.

When designing my first collection, I thought of things that might describe the idea of humanity — and the word that came to mind was “oneness.” I couldn’t find a more beautiful description than “happy color” to explain what this amazing oneness means.

I carried a love of jewelry with me from childhood. I read every article I could, went to many stores, becoming more determined to create my own, until that day in 2012 when I started my first sketch. Something happened in me — it was like my hand said, “Yes, where have you been all these years?” I started imagining and designing, but postponed the idea of having a jewelry brand for reasons bigger than me. I knew it would happen one day, however.

In 2014, the dream came true. You know what they say: When it’s time, it’s time. So I set off on my path, and what a wonderful path it is. It is like everything has fallen into place, and I treat my designs as if they are my own cute kids.


Saudi Arabia will ease COVID-19 lockdown from Thursday

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Saudi Arabia will ease COVID-19 lockdown from Thursday

  • Health Minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah said the easing will take place in phases
  • Al-Rabiah said the people of the Kingdom had shown a “high amount of responsibility"

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia will begin to ease its COVID-19 lockdown from Thursday.

Health Minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah said the easing will be done in phases and will depend on reports on the spread of the virus. 

The first phase will begin with expanding capacity to serve "critical patients" and the second phase will include intensifying COVID-19 tests and early detection .

Speaking in a press conference on Monday, the Health Minister said the people of the Kingdom had shown a “high amount of responsibility in practicing social distancing.” 

"After five months since this pandemic have started, where the global health systems faced great difficulties in dealing with it, the society has become today more aware of this virus and implementing the measures of the social distancing, as it is a new experience for all of us," he said in remarks quoted by the Saudi Press Agency. 

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Saudi Arabia reports 9 new COVID-19 deaths

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Rabiah said imposing the precautionary measures during an early phase of the pandemic had put the Kingdom in more control of the virus spread.

"We are proud of the Saudi experts in this field who are internationally recognized, and we rely on their experiences in dealing with that virus," he added.  

The minister said that people should continue taking precautionary measures while leaving their homes by using facemasks and hand gloves.

The Health Ministry recorded nine new fatalities and 2,235 new cases of coronavirus in the Kingdom on Monday. The new deaths have increased the virus-related toll in Saudi Arabia to 399 and the total number of confirmed cases to 74,795. 

It also said the number of recoveries has risen to 2,148, raising the total number of recovered cases 45,668.