DUBAI: The Arab world is known for its love of jewelry. Here are some emerging and established home-grown brands.
Alia bin Omair
Born in the UAE, Alia bin Omair’s collection, Leaf, is based on the ever-present palm trees found in the region.
Nuun Jewels was founded by Saudi Arabian Princess Nourah Al Faisal, who opened a boutique on the shopping avenue Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré in Paris.
The Lebanese-Indian sisters Maya, Meena, and Zeenat Mukhi come from a long line of jewelers. Their line incorporates tradition with extravagant settings.
Lebanese designer Nadine Kanso launched her brand, Bil Arabi, in Dubai in 2006. It went on to quickly become one of the region’s hottest lines.
Egyptian Jude Benhalim launched her jewelry brand when she was 17 in 2011 and hasn’t looked back since.
The most well-known internationally, Egyptian Azza Fahmy began her trade in the 1960s when she became the first woman to serve an apprenticeship in Egypt’s jewelry district.