Refined jewelry line reflects beauty of traditional Egyptian doorways

The jewelry brand is inspired by traditional Egyptian architecture. (Supplied)
Updated 02 September 2019

Refined jewelry line reflects beauty of traditional Egyptian doorways

LONDON: Inspired by traditional Egyptian architecture from the 1930s, jewelry designer Doaa Mohsen showed off her latest collection at an exclusive event in London on Thursday, treating the well-heeled crowed to a showcase of her unique pieces.

Dubbed The Roshan Collection, the new line draws inspiration from the geometric lattice work of traditional Mashrabiya doorways — stained glass plates held together between delicately carved wooden doorways that were common elements of Egyptian architecture in the 1930s and earlier.

“It protects the women, people cannot see in from the outside, but light and air can come in. It’s like protecting precious gems,” Mohsen, whose brand is called Dalseen Jewelry, told Arab News.

Doaa Mohsen's latest collection is dubbed The Roshan Collection. (Supplied)

The collection is marked by delicate lattice work in 18 karat gold — one of the designer’s favorite materials to work with — and features tiny diamonds at the intersections. Bracelets, pendants and statement-making rings make up the new collection.

The Egyptian designer drew inspiration from her home country, but her path to success has been an international one.

Doaa Mohsen spoke about her new collection at The Luxury Network event. (Supplied)

“I started four or five years ago and the thing is I always liked jewelry but I never thought of it as a business or a career or anything,” she said. “One day I was working on something — I always designed my own stuff — and my jeweler told me, ‘Why don’t you go and study and become a jewelry designer… in London or San Francisco?’”

Due to her young children and responsibilities, the idea never got off the ground, but a few years later, things converged to make it all possible.

“After a couple of years, we moved to London as a family and this is when I started taking my courses, I opened my own company. Then we moved back to Egypt and I started producing.”

Guests gathered as The Luxury Network hosted a showcase of Dalseen Jewelry's new line. (Supplied) 

Mohsen sources all her own gems, flying to conventions in Zurich and around the world to handpick the precious stones before heading back to Egypt where her workshop is based.

“I usually work with 18 karat gold and the highest quality of diamonds and I work with lots of stones. I’m in love with opals — they come in so many different shapes, sizes and colors,” she said.

“I work with different types of stones, not the typical or standard (stones) and I like different shapes, not the standard ones. I’m looking for uniqueness,” Mohen added. 

Celine Dion returns to Canada to kick off world tour

Updated 19 September 2019

Celine Dion returns to Canada to kick off world tour

  • The Grammy winner also recently announced the release of a new album titled “Courage”
  • She said in April that she felt motivated to create new music and hit the road after the 2016 death of her husband and manager

QUEBEC CITY: After living and crooning for years in Las Vegas, French-Canadian superstar Celine Dion returned home to Quebec to kick off her first world tour in a decade on Wednesday.
At 51, the Grammy winner also recently announced the release of a new album titled “Courage,” which will be her 12th in English and is due out on November 15.
The first single “Flying On My Own,” featuring her powerful vocals backed by techno beats, has already hit the airwaves, while three more dropped Wednesday: “Courage,” “Lying Down” and “Imperfections.”
Known for her blockbuster ballads, Dion said in April that she felt motivated to create new music and hit the road after the 2016 death of her husband and manager Rene Angelil.
“When I lost Rene, he wanted me back on stage. He wanted to make sure I was still practicing my passion,” she said. “I wanted to prove to him that I’m fine, we’re fine, we’re going to be OK. I’ve got this.”
So, after more than 1,140 concerts for 4.5 million fans over 16 years in Sin City, she bid adieu to the Colosseum at Caesars Palace with a final two-hour show.
“Courage is exactly the way I feel,” she told public broadcaster CBC at the time, talking up the upcoming tour of the same name.
“In the past three years, it has been difficult for me to talk to my children, to raise them, to lose my husband, wondering am I going to sing again... so much has happened, but at the same time I feel that I’m in control of my life.”
Some 60 dates in North American have been confirmed so far, her label said, with two arena shows in Quebec City on Wednesday and Saturday kicking off the tour, which will run through April 2020, and will be her first world tour since 2008-2009.
Her show was almost two hours of mastery, as she performed some of her greatest hits — from “I’m Alive” to “My Heart Will Go On” — as well as new material to an ecstatic crowd of roughly 20,000.
“It was really impossible to miss Celine at home,” Nicolas Delivre, a French university exchange student in Montreal, told AFP.
Donald Berard, from Quebec City, said he had grown up listening to Dion. “We love her like a member of our family.”
“Courage” marks the first album and tour in Dion’s long career without Angelil, who steered her success beginning in 1981 when he mortgaged his house to finance the young teen’s debut album.
The pair began a personal relationship in 1988 when she was only 19 years old, and married in a lavish ceremony in 1994. Angelil died of throat cancer at age 73.
In an interview with NBC’s Today show, Dion revealed that she longs for the hugs and laughs that come with a relationship, but added, “I’m not ready to date.”
The youngest of a family of 14 children raised in the suburbs of Montreal, Dion has sold 250 million copies of 23 studio albums in English and French, including collaborations with French singer-songwriter Jean-Jacques Goldman, Barbra Streisand and Stevie Wonder.
Back in Canada, she told the Montreal Gazette that the tour schedule was “a little crazy,” but that she had found time in advance to take in life’s small pleasures.
At a press junket last Friday, Dion told Radio-Canada: “There are good wines that age well, and there are good wines that age badly. I hope to be a good bottle of wine.”
“I’m not a new Celine,” Dion added. “I’m a continuity of myself.”