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Talent Watch – Nadine Ghosn
Drawing upon her Lebanese-Brazilian roots and multicultural upbringing, young talent Nadine Ghosn designs whimsical fine jewelry that grabs eyeballs. Memorable pieces that mimic sushi rolls, onigiri buns and veggie burgers have landed Nadine Ghosn Fine Jewelry (NGFJ) on many a wish-list. When Karl Lagerfeld sported NGFJ earphone necklace at Fendi Fall 2017 couture show in Paris, it established beyond a doubt that Nadine is a talent to watch.
This past summer, the designer showcased her collections for the first time at the Couture Show, in Las Vegas, and bagged a coveted award too. She has been on a roll since. “Winning the most ‘Innovative Design’ Award at Couture this year was an honor for me. The fact that industry experts recognized my design means the world to me, and having their support was very encouraging and a huge confidence boost,” she says.
Nadine Ghosn chats about inspirations, food and jewels:
What drew you to jewelry and what prompted you to launch your brand NGFJ?
My passion for jewelry was apparent since a very young age – I would apply stickers all over my ears, layer multicolored candy necklaces and my parents knew that jewelry was my go-to gift request. My family traveled non-stop – while growing up, I would collect pieces to preserve the cultural learnings and memories I made along the way. Jewelry became somewhat of an anchor. As I grew older, I came to appreciate the craftsmanship behind the jewelry, which renders each piece unique. The personal value that jewelry pieces hold – paired with my admiration for the savoire-faire – drove me to further my learnings at GIA and then later start my brand.
Where do you seek design inspiration – from sushi, burgers and apple earphones, your designs are so varied?
Often times, we forget to stop and value our surroundings, and to celebrate the beauty in the ordinary. All the pieces within the NGFJ portfolio were inspired by my upbringing, surroundings and the people closest to me. The Veggie Burger jewel, in particular, was inspired by my younger sister (and best friend) – she is a vegetarian and has gluten-free food.
What kind of woman did you have in mind when designing your jewelry?
Rather than a type of woman, I had in mind a type of mindset – one that seeks unique and original designs, and that does not fear taking risks.
Is food often on your mind - your Hamburger collections followed the sushi-inspired On A Roll line, clearly influenced by life in Tokyo?
I admit that I am a huge foodie! And yes, the On A Roll collection was inspired by my childhood in Japan.
Are you working on any designs at the moment?
I feel like I am constantly cooking up something new – there is so much inspiration around me that it is impossible not to!
What’s your vision for your brand?
To continue to disrupt the industry with innovative designs, while staying true to the craftsmanship.
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Time in Flowers
Every watchmaking house has its own special way of interpreting a certain source of inspiration. Using its creativity and expertise, it comes up with marvels that soon become a feast for the eyes, as well as a must-have to accompany us in our daily adventures. Nature is one of those endless sources of inspiration that most houses use in order to create stunning time-tellers, breaking the boundaries of the conventional. One of Mother Nature’s offerings – the finest and most delicate, might we say – are flowers, which bloomed on many dials and cases, exuding a unique sense of femininity and elegance.
Whether we’re talking about a big timepiece that redefines audacity or one with a small dial that offers a modern interpretation of the most classic watches of all times, the world of watchmaking is bursting with beautiful creations that cater to every style. Some houses chose to let their flowers bloom on the dial such as Jaeger-LeCoultre and Van Cleef & Arpels and Boucheron, while some others like Chaumet planted them on the case in the most delicate of ways. And for the woman who always seeks a modern style, Harry Winston offers two options that will certainly enhance her look.
The list goes on and on, but we made the task of helping you choose your favorite flowery timepiece much easier. Check out our 9-watch list!
Article Written by Mirella Haddad
Exclusive Insight on Van Cleef and Arpels’ Exhibition “Delicate Dancers”
Van Cleef & Arpels’ solid relationship with ballet and opera dates back to more than 70 years and that’s why they are celebrating this source of inspiration through “Delicate Dancers”. Like we said, ballet has and will always be so dear to the brand especially for Louis Arpels, one of the founding Arpels brothers, who made the first designs to express his passion for this kind of art.
The exhibition “Delicate Dancers” will take place from the 1st of August until the 15th of September at the newly opened “Les Salons Van Cleef & Arpels Dubai Opera”, in the Dubai Opera Plaza. In this magical place, visitors will be taken on a trip through time that starts in the 1940s, as they will get the chance to see both, the first and last, amazing ballerina brooches the House has made so far. This will allow them to see first-hand the tradition of feminine figures that the House admires.
Many clips are inspired by dancers who were remarkable throughout history like La Camargo from the 18th century. They are adorned with pleated gold, precious gems, and ornamental stones to perfectly mimic a ballerina on stage. Let’s take a look!
Revisiting the Most Iconic Watches for Men
Revisiting iconic creations in the world of watchmaking is like honoring the past while creating a more promising future bursting with creativity and innovations. Why recreate an old timepiece when a watchmaking house has the ability to come up with a new, more modern design, might you ask. Well, the answer would definitely be cherishing the legacy and history that gave it the place it truly deserves in the industry. For watch connoisseurs, owning an icon is an achievement and adding it to their collection of time-tellers makes the latter even more valuable and treasurable.
Many houses that have gained an important place in the world of watchmaking resort to revisiting their icons, giving themselves the opportunity to keep their legacy alive, while offering men the features required in a watch born in the modern world. Below are some icons that were revisited in the past few years and worth highlighting.
There is a certain kind of unbeatable charm in dangling earrings that turn your look upside down. These jewelry marvels come in many shapes and styles that it’s becoming more and more difficult to choose one favorite pair.
In fact, dangling earrings are show-stoppers in their own right. They are so versatile that every woman must invest in one pair at least. Want more reasons to treat yourself to a pair of these gorgeous pieces? Some days, you’re too lazy to wear necklaces, but worry not, as these marvels will adorn your ears without making your neck look bare. This is not all, as dangling earrings are also a way to express your audacious side, especially when paired with other styles on multi-pierced ears – quite a way to pack a statement, don’t you agree?
And for those who don’t like to wear a pair of dangling earrings, you can always unleash your creativity and wear one with a different style on the other ear. Well, some jewelry houses such as Messika Paris have made the task even easier on you by presenting a pair of mismatched earrings – just the way you like them!
Join us to take a look at our favorite picks…
Article Written by Mirella Haddad
A New Chapter in Van Cleef & Arpels’ Alhambra Saga
After years of Alhambra creativity and beauty, comes a new chapter as swooning as its predecessors. It’s one that opens our eyes to a new feast, where the guilloché technique’s charm reigns supreme accompanied by the charming sparkle of diamonds and the gleam of gold mother-of-pearl.
This one-of-a-kind combination is the perfect embodiment of what could only be named as a sunny glow – which took over the collection’s new jewelry creations and timepieces. First used by the Maison in the 1910s to embellish watch dials, this traditional technique’s use was extended later on in the 1930s to cases and minaudieres – amongst other pieces – made in precious metal.
Used on yellow gold, the guilloché technique leaves evocative lines, rendering the pieces more radiant than ever by intensifying the flow of light on the surface of the metal. And it’s through a simple interplay between guilloché motifs and diamond-set ones that Van Cleef & Arpels reaches perfection in creativity and beauty. A long necklace and a bracelet bare witness of this glamour as they captivate the gaze with their shifting reflections.
Faithful to the Alhambra aesthetic, the Alhambra motif keeps its delicate beaded contour and its central gold bead for added shimmer and adorns all the novelties in all its grace and beauty. Join us to dive into the new chapter of the Alhambra saga.
Have a Royal Birthday with These Sapphire Jewels
For all the ladies out there who are born in September, we would like to wish you a happy birthday and remind you of how lucky you are for having the sapphire as your birthstone. Whether you’re treating yourself to an exquisite high jewelry piece or going with your better half to shop for your birthday gift, know that the universe of jewels is by your side and will certainly offer you inspiration and loads of stunning options to choose from.
The royal blue of sapphire – the gem that represents loyalty and trust and was believed to protect the wearer’s close ones from harm – has seen the light in this season’s high jewelry collections in many ways that will surely blow your mind. While some houses chose to accompany their captivating sapphire with white sparkling diamonds, others paired it with gemstones of contrasting hues to create color combinations that won’t fail to amaze you.
From timeless classic pieces to modern creations that speak to the woman of today, the beauty of sapphire reigns supreme and we couldn’t help ourselves from offering you a list of choices. Check them out and take your pick!
Article Written by Mirella Haddad