Why diamonds are forever for romantic Saudis on Valentine’s Day

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In recent years, a number of Saudi brands have produced pieces specially designed to celebrate Valentine's Day. (AN Photo/Huda Bashatah)
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Updated 13 February 2020

Why diamonds are forever for romantic Saudis on Valentine’s Day

Why diamonds are forever for romantic Saudis on Valentine’s Day
  • Number of Saudi brands have produced pieces specially designed to celebrate Valentine's Day
  • Farsi, one of the Kingdom’s oldest jewelry firms, has exclusive Valentine’s collection

RIYADH: The old adage diamonds are a girl’s best friend certainly rings true for Saudis.

Gifting jewelry has throughout history been regarded as a symbol of appreciation, devotion, and love.

And whether it be a diamond ring or exquisite ruby necklace, on Valentine’s Day many romantic Saudis will be expressing their feelings by presenting their loved ones with precious stones.




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In recent years, a number of Saudi brands have produced pieces specially designed to celebrate the national day of love.

Farsi, one of the Kingdom’s oldest jewelry brands, has carried on the art of jewelry design for more than 100 years. Its latest exclusive Valentine’s collection, My One and My Heart, incorporates a solitaire diamond or heart-shaped ruby set on a thin gold- or white gold-plated rod.

Nasser Farsi, the company’s chief executive officer and collection designer, told Arab News: “I personally designed the pieces because many people like to celebrate their love on Valentine’s Day.

“The design is simple, a single solitaire diamond or heart-shaped ruby symbolizes the simplicity of love, how glamorous it is with beautiful moments, and exciting experiences within that love.




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“My latest design resembles the elements of a successful relationship, where love should be straightforward, simple, yet glamorous. Love is that pillar,” he said.

The brainchild of sisters Hala and Leena El-Khereiji, Charmaleena’s jewelry collections are known for their unique designs and mix and match of precious stones and diamonds.

The Saudi brand’s My Heart collection, which includes mother-of-pearl heart pendants and bright red coral earrings, has been specially produced with Valentine’s Day in mind.




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Qilada, another Saudi brand, is marking the day with its geometric heart-shaped earrings and necklaces which are also adorned with red agate stone.

When it comes to saying, “I love you,” jewelry, it seems, continues to stand the test of time for Saudis.


King Salman issues royal order to promote members of Public Prosecution Office

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman issued a royal order to promote a number of members of the Public Prosecution Office. (SPA)
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman issued a royal order to promote a number of members of the Public Prosecution Office. (SPA)
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King Salman issues royal order to promote members of Public Prosecution Office

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman issued a royal order to promote a number of members of the Public Prosecution Office. (SPA)
  • Attorney General Sheikh Saud bin Abdullah Al-Mujib praised the issuance of the royal order

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman issued a royal order to promote a number of members of the Public Prosecution Office, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on Saturday.

Attorney General Sheikh Saud bin Abdullah Al-Mujib praised the issuance of the royal order, and said that it came within the framework of the king and crown prince’s support for the Public Prosecution, and their “interest in promoting the principle of universal sufficiency for all its needs,” SPA said.

The attorney general said this included stimulating the administrative system in a way that contributes to fulfilling its duties to the fullest.

Sheikh Al-Mujib urged employees of the Public Prosecution to redouble their efforts to meet the expectations of the leadership and society.


Al-Jubeir calls on Kingdom’s accusers in Bezos phone hack to ‘acknowledge their mistake’

Saudi Arabia's Adel Al-Jubeir called on Saturday for people who
Saudi Arabia's Adel Al-Jubeir called on Saturday for people who "accused the Kingdom" with regard to claims it was involved with the hacking of Amazon boss Jeff Bezos' phone last year to "acknowledge their mistake." (Reuters/File Photo)
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Al-Jubeir calls on Kingdom’s accusers in Bezos phone hack to ‘acknowledge their mistake’

Saudi Arabia's Adel Al-Jubeir called on Saturday for people who "accused the Kingdom" with regard to claims it was involved with the hacking of Amazon boss Jeff Bezos' phone last year to "acknowledge their mistake." (Reuters/File Photo)
  • Saudi Arabia's embassy in the US rejected the claims at the time as "absurd"

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's Adel Al-Jubeir called on Saturday for people who “accused the Kingdom” with regard to claims it was involved with the hacking of Amazon boss Jeff Bezos' phone last year to “acknowledge their mistake.”

The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs posted to Twitter asking if now that the truth that “the Kingdom had nothing to do with the allegations” had been revealed, whether people would “simply delete their tweets” and “hope that their positions at the time disappear into the sunset?”

Reports in January 2020 suggested Bezos’ phone was hacked after receiving a WhatsApp message sent from the personal account of the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Saudi Arabia's embassy in the US rejected the claims at the time as “absurd,” while Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan said the allegations were “absolutely silly” while speaking to Reuters at last year's World Economic Forum in Davos.

 

 

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