Saudi brand Nadine Jewellery shines on Oscars red carpet

Kristin Cavallari wearing the ‘Eternal Love’ set at the 92nd Academy Awards.
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Updated 27 February 2020

Saudi brand Nadine Jewellery shines on Oscars red carpet

High-end jewelry brand Nadine Jewellery, designed by Saudi designer Nadine Attar, is fast becoming a favorite of Hollywood stars on the red carpet.

Most recently, reality TV star Kristin Cavallari was spotted wearing a piece from the brand’s “Eternal Love” collection at the 92nd Academy Awards, held on Feb. 10. Her look was designed by celebrity stylist Dani Michelle. 

The “Eternal Love” set is also featured on Robb Report Arabia’s cover for the February issue. The design of the set resembles a wreath, containing certified cushion diamonds, centered around round and marquise diamonds, creating a magnificent piece of 54.7 carats. 

The set is a personal favorite of the Saudi designer, who said she was delighted to see the piece on Cavallari.

“The fine jewelry market had a void when it came to designs rooted in a traditional aesthetic crafted at international luxury standards; I aspired to fill that void with my brand,” said Attar.

Nadine Jewellery has also been spotted on other celebrities, including Zendaya at the 2019 People’s Choice Awards in the Lily collection, Marisa Tomei at the Independent Spirit Awards in the Rouh collection, Pia Mia at the Grammy Awards in the Neda collection, and Alessandra Ambrosio at the Cannes Film Festival in 2018. The brand has also been seen in high-fashion publications, such as Vogue, Elle, Instyle, and Hollywood Reporter.

Attar, a third-generation luxury business entrepreneur, left a long career in banking to become a gemologist, a certified diamond graduate, a certified gemstone grader, and an accredited jewelry professional.

She is mostly inspired by colors of nature and diversity of character. She believes jewelry should be a personal statement.

Attar’s passion is inherited from her father who has been in the luxury field for more than 40 years.

The high-end jewelry brand offers pieces for women, men, and children with designs inspired by nature, spirituality, and culture, hand crafted in Italy.

Positive social impact of COVID-19 in KSA: Survey

Updated 12 August 2020

Positive social impact of COVID-19 in KSA: Survey

A survey commissioned by Al-Aghar Group, an independent Saudi think tank, in partnership with global management consultancy Kearney, has revealed that most thought leaders and decision-makers in the Kingdom anticipate that COVID-19 will be a positive accelerant of the transformation already underway in the Kingdom. The survey focused specifically on the social impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the Kingdom through 2025.

Respondents believed that COVID-19 is accelerating the advent of the “future of work” in the Kingdom and more than 65 percent see this as fundamentally positive. About 69 percent see the growing need for the retraining of employees as positive, spurring national adaptation to the new normal. However, the survey also revealed some concerns regarding the security of formal employment and self-employment, with 37 percent seeing the effect of the crisis as negative.

Most survey respondents (70 percent) expect education in the Kingdom to undergo a positive transformation with the adoption of new, innovative, and inclusive modes of learning.

Seventy-eight percent of the respondents believe that the impact of the pandemic on the health care in the Kingdom through 2025 will be highly beneficial.

Fifty-eight percent of respondents believe there will be a wide adoption of telemedicine services in the Kingdom in the near future, as patients gain greater comfort and confidence in this method of consultation with their health providers.

Most respondents believe the health crisis has accelerated the process of digital transformation in the country, particularly in the finance and retail sectors. Seventy-five percent of respondents see the anticipated wider prevalence of e-commerce as positive, and 89 percent see as positive increasing use of cashless payments for face-to-face transactions by 2025.

By 2025, 78 percent of respondents expect that COVID-19 will lead to a significant and welcome (83 percent) step change in government preparedness for future crises. Meanwhile, 68 percent of respondents anticipate a significant impact on government information-sharing and 65 percent anticipate a moderate, but positive change in the willingness of citizens to contribute toward government efforts.

Prince Faisal bin Abdullah bin Mohammed Al-Saud, chairman, Al-Aghar Group, said: “Saudi Arabia has a proud history of resilience and has thrived even in the most challenging situations. While this pandemic has severely affected us all, the survey results confirm the depth of our intention to use this current situation to accelerate our national progress.”

Rudolph Lohmeyer, partner and head of National Transformations Institute at Kearney Middle East, said: “The survey results clearly reveal the deep, optimistic resilience of the Saudi people and their implicit commitment to the Kingdom’s national transformation. Despite the near-term hardships caused by the crisis, respondents anticipate that the most significant medium-term impacts will be positive.”