Mariah Carey nod has Dubai jeweler aiming for the stars

High Street Jewelry, which caught international superstar Mariah Carey’s eye during the singer’s recent performance in the UAE. (Arab News)
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Updated 08 January 2020

Mariah Carey nod has Dubai jeweler aiming for the stars

  • Reine Saba, who is originally Lebanese, launched her website in 2016, offering a wide collection of jewelry from designers around the world

DUBAI: A jewelry brand offering fashionable pieces that are eco-friendly and affordable is likely to top anybody’s list of favorite labels.

But when the brand gets the thumbs-up from Hollywood royalty, it adds another layer of appeal to what is already a glittering package.




Saba launched her website in 2016. (Supplied)

Dubai-based entrepreneur Reine Saba is the designer behind the jewelry line High Street Jewelry (HSJ), which caught international superstar Mariah Carey’s eye during the singer’s recent performance in the UAE.

“We use silver in our contemporary jewelry because it is non-degradable and does not cause any allergy when it is plated with gold,” Saba told Arab News. “This makes our jewelry sustainable, and it does not harm the environment or the person.”




Saba hopes to see her designs worn by regional artists such as Emirati singer Ahlam, and the Lebanese stars Elissa and Nancy Ajram. (Supplied)

Saba, who is originally Lebanese, launched her website in 2016, offering a wide collection of jewelry from designers around the world. But eventually her long-time passion for jewelry triggered the birth of her own label. 

“What inspired me was traveling. I love traveling, and whenever I travel, I look for expertise in another country, either in jewelry or in chocolate,” she said. 




Saba uses zirconium, a metal that is biocompatible and nontoxic, allowing her to produce pieces that look like real diamonds. (Supplied)

Last year, the designer launched HSJ and added the label to her website. 

Saba uses zirconium, a metal that is biocompatible and nontoxic, allowing her to produce pieces that look like real diamonds. “You can have the look of diamonds in a contemporary way, but at affordable prices,” she said. 




Saba's  jewelry ranges in price from $27 to $820. (Supplied)

Her jewelry ranges in price from $27 to $820. “Every woman, no matter what the occasion, can find something at High Street Jewelry,” she said.

Beside international celebrities, Saba hopes to see her designs worn by regional artists such as Emirati singer Ahlam, and the Lebanese stars Elissa and Nancy Ajram. 

“I also love Beyonce and Katy Perry, so I would love to see my designs on them as well,” she added. 


Arab designs add flair to the SAGs red carpet

Jennifer Lopez was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress award for her role in “Hustlers.” (AFP)
Updated 20 January 2020

Arab designs add flair to the SAGs red carpet

DUBAI: Arab designers took over the red carpet at Sunday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards, with the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Yvonne Strahovski and Sian Clifford showing off looks from the Middle East.

Singer and actress Lopez, who was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress award for her role in “Hustlers,” showed off a sleek black number by Lebanese designer Georges Hobeika, complete with an off-the-shoulder neckline and thigh-high slit. The column gown featured a floor-grazing train and the star accessorized the look with sparkling diamonds and a chic up-do with fronds of hair framing her face.

Meanwhile, Australian actress Strahovski opted for an all-white look by London-based Emirati label Khyeli.

Jennifer Lopez showed off a sleek black number by Lebanese designer Georges Hobeika. (AFP)

Helmed by designer Ahmed Khyeli, the fashion house dressed Strahovski in an ethereal column gown from its Spring/Summer 2020 collection.

The look featured a peek-a-boo cutout on the bodice, along with elegant off-the-shoulder sleeves that ended just above the elbows.

British stage and TV actress Clifford chose to show off a dramatic burgundy velvet pantsuit, complete with a plunging neckline and gold detailing on the jet black lapels. The glamorous evening look came courtesy of Lebanese couturier Zuhair Murad.

Yvonne Strahovski opted for an all-white look by London-based Emirati label Khyeli. (AFP)

The leading ladies were all in attendance when South Korean film “Parasite” shocked the Screen Actors Guild Awards by landing the night’s top prize, a historic win which thrusts the black comedy into Oscars contention.

The critical smash hit film overcame the language barrier to win outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture, the SAG equivalent of a best film Academy Award, AFP reported.

“I’m a little embarrassed feeling like we’re the parasites of Hollywood now,” joked actor Lee Sun-Kyun.

Director Bong Joon-Ho admitted that “it is true that the momentum is building” for the Oscars.

Sian Clifford chose to show off a dramatic burgundy velvet pantsuit. (AFP)

The film, which merges comedy, drama and horror genres, follows a poor family as it infiltrates a wealthier household, and tackles the widening class gulf.

“Although the title is ‘Parasite,’ I think the film is about coexistence and how we can all live together,” said star Song Kang-ho, collecting the award.

The much-hyped movie had missed out on main prizes at the Golden Globes and Saturday’s Producers Guild Awards.

But Sunday’s win underlines the breakout movie’s extraordinary popularity in Hollywood.

It beat “Bombshell,” “The Irishman,” “Jojo Rabbit” and “Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood” at the star-studded ceremony in Los Angeles.