Category Archives: Jewelry

Dastkari


I attended last Sunday an Indian exhibition ‘Dastkari’ in Beirut Souks, supported by the Indian Embassy in Lebanon.

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Dastkari, was an exhibition of Indian Handicrafts, people came specifically from India to show case their work.

 

And I had the pleasure to see the work of NamahAsteria, an ethnically modern collection of semi-precious and silver jewelry pieces by Namita Bhatnagar. Combining the charm of traditional India with the style necessities of the modern woman.

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Using the finest quality stones and material, NamahAsteria is the ideal match between classic and chic.

They have lovely scarves, saris and jewelry!

November Birthstone: CITRINE


I am born in November and since I started admiring the world of gemstones, I started searching for my birthstone.

I found that there are two gems appropriate for November: The Topaz and The Citrine. But since my favorite color is yellow, I was attracted more to the Citrine stone, also known as the “healing quartz”.

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Citrine is the traditional birthstone for November, and is an alternate Zodiac stone for Scorpio.

The name Citrine comes from an old French word, “citrin”, meaning lemon.

This golden gemstone is said to support vitality and health while encouraging and guiding hope, energy and warmth within the wearer.

This gemstone ranges in color from the palest yellow to a dark amber named Madeira because of its resemblance to the red wine.

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The Romans were thought to be the first to wear the yellow quartz, crafting it into cabochon, or highly polished but unfaceted cuts of stone set into jewelry.

Citrine became more popular during the Romantic Period, when artisans often favored these warm colored gems to enhance gold jewelry.

Citrine, like all forms of quartz, was believed to have magical powers and was worn as a talisman against evil thoughts and snake venom.  It was also considered to have medicinal properties and was commonly used as a remedy for urinary and kidney ailments.

 

It is one of the most affordable of gemstones and plentiful in nature. Citrine is found most frequently in Brazil, Bolivia, and Spain. Citrine jewelry is given as the gemstone gift for the 13th and 17th anniversaries.

My favorite items with the Citrine Stone

 

  • The “Citrine Drop Earrings” by Tiffany’s
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Earrings in 18k gold with octagonal citrines and round brilliant diamonds.

 

  • The “Golden Tears” earrings by Zoughaib
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From the stylish “Tears” collection, the golden Tears earrings in 18 kt yellow gold, with pearls and citrines

 

  • The “Mome Je T’aime” by Mauboussin
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Yellow gold, citrine, paved diamonds

 

  •  The “Limelight Cocktail Inspiration” ring by Piaget
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Limelight Mojito cocktail inspiration ring in 18k white gold, set with a cushion-cut tourmaline, a round citrine, 8 marquise-cut emeralds, 16 brilliant-cut tsavorites, 120 brilliant-cut emeralds and 182 brilliant-cut diamonds.

  • The Gold and Citrine ring by Bulgari 
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Bulgari Gold & Citrine Rectangle Ring

 

Are you born in November?

Which are your favorite jewelry with the Citrine Stone? 

 

 

The Dream Catcher Collection By Mukhi Sisters


I attended the launch of the latest collection by the Mukhi Sisters, the “Dream Catcher

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Originally conceived by the Native American Ojibwe people, Dream catchers were made to represent Asibikaashi, the Spider Woman, who took care of people and especially children across the land. Made of a circle, which was then weaved across in a web-like pattern and then decorated with feathers, the dream catcher was hung from a bed, “catching” all bad dreams and letting only good ones through, allowing the dreamer a peaceful and serene slumber.

From this original inspiration the Mukhi Sisters have created a collection that represents the chasing of good dreams and making these dreams into a reality.

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The Dream Catcher Collection, which includes earrings, pendants, rings, bracelets and body pieces, for both men and women, is a symbol of the persevering passion to make good things happen; to strive for a dream and make it happen. Designed in both yellow and rose gold, the collection mostly incorporates the use of diamonds and turquoise, in fluid movement that symbolizes the energy of optimism.

It’s such a unique and lovely collection, dominated by feather designs, including colored stones. These splendid items, chic and simple, will add a touch of brightness to your outfits.

Did you check the lovely collection? Which is your favorite item? 

Montblanc celebrates 90 years of its iconic Meisterstück


Timeless, the fountain pen has long become a symbol of the brand values: finest craftsmanship, traditional manufacturing techniques, precious materials, refined aesthetics and best functionality. The Meisterstück ranks among the world’s most famous luxury icons. Today, it also continues to assert Montblanc’s savoir-faire and vision for the future of luxury writing instruments.

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Manufactured in Hamburg since 1924, the Meisterstück truly embodies Montblanc’s quest for perfection. Over the years, it became the meaningful companion of generations of scholars and scientists, poets and artists, statesmen and industry leaders alike. Its sophisticated character further turned it into a unique writing instrument: more, a reference.

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True to the “Meisterstück spirit”, Montblanc unveils its Meisterstück Collection: a unique selection of sensual leather goods, meticulously crafted timepieces, refined jewellery and of course a new Meisterstück writing instrument collection that further ‘writes’ the story of such a timeless icon. The Collection celebrates 90 years of the spirit of Meisterstück, introducing icons for the time to come.

With the Meisterstück 90 Years collection of Fountain Pens, one can discover special red gold nibs and a limited time special engravings on them.

The collection celebrates 90 years of the spirit of Meisterstück, introducing icons for the time to come.

How to take care of your Pearls!


I have introduced in an early post my attraction to the world Pearls, today I’m gonna share with you tips and tricks to take care of your precious pearls and make them stand by you for a longer period.

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Why have I chosen to tackle this subject in particular?

Well, when I bought my pearls, nobody gave me instructions on how to take care of these beautiful and fragile gemstones, which I’m really curious about.

Second, going to the beach lately and watching some girls wearing their pearls under the sun and diving in salt water, made me even more curious.

Pearls come from the sea, but when out, is it healthy for it to get wet? What damages it and how to take care of it?

Here’s what I have found…

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Pearls are described as the unique gem that carries the gentleness and warmness of life. So it has more delicate features compared to diamonds and rubies.

They are a chemical and organic gem that require a more specialized care than most other gem materials. They deteriorate in contact with chemicals like household cleaners, perfumes, cosmetics, and hair care products of all kinds. Pearls, however if well-taken care, will maintain their lust for a very long time…

You must handle them carefully to keep them in the best condition, here’s how:

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  • Sweat:

Pearls are vulnerable to acid. After wearing, clean the pearls with appropriate cloth. This is the most important care method, because acid contained in your sweat can erode the pearl layers so the luster will be reduced. Since the acid can damage the crystallized calcium, in case pearls are accidentally exposed to vinegar or fruit juice, or sprinkled with perfume, wash immediately and wipe off with dry cloth.

  • Water:

Do not wet! Water can erode the pearl surface. Fresher the water, the greater the erosion. When you leave them wet, water can also turn mildly acid. When you wash your hands, it will be wise to take off your pearl ring.

  • Store properly:

Keep your pearls in a separate compartment, away from other jewelry!

Store in a jewelry box or a special case. Pay attention not to hurt pearls with hard metals. Because pearls are softer than other metals and gemstones, keeping them together may result in blemishes of pearl surface. Since they can turn yellowish when exposed to strong ray of the sun for a long time, it is recommended to store them in a jewelry box or a specialized case.

Never store pearls in a plastic bag!!

  • Light and heat:

Be careful with strong light, high heat and dryness, Pearls are organic materials created by life. Be careful when exposed to strong light, high temperature and dryness.

It is not recommended, therefore, to wear pearls in the beach exposed to strong sunshine, additionally because sweat can erode them.
Also, pearls originally contain a minute amount of water, and when the water is lost, so is the luster.

  • Keep Pearls clean!

Caring for your precious pearls is easy.

Your pearls will stay cleaner if you put them on after you’ve applied your makeup and perfume. And be sure to take them off before you apply your creams.

Wipe your pearls with a soft, lint-free cloth as soon as you take them off. The cloth can be dampened with water or it can be dry. If damp, allow the pearls to air dry before putting them away.

Never clean your pearls with solutions that contain ammonia or harsh detergents!!

 

I hope you found my post useful, and stay tuned for more posts around the wonderful world of gemstones!

5 Tips to Transition your Wardrobe from Winter to Summer!


 

The sun is up, the beach is calling, it’s nature’s way of telling you to get that coat back to where it belongs (the back…back… of the closet!) and get out all the fresh and comfy outfits.

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For me, summer is all about light textures and colors, here are some transitional tips that will help you through

1- Lighten up 

Add light colors to your wardrobe and softer textures.

Pastel  is the “it” shade of the season. The hue comes in different colors from pink, purple, green, coral and blue. Wearing the pretty pale shades head-to-toe is unmistakably feminine, plus it’s also refreshingly au courant.

If you’re not into these colors add more white to your wardrobe. No color is more fresh or crisp than white, so when you wear the hue from head to toe, it results in an exceptionally stylish, high-impact look. 

 

2- Color of the Year

Don’t forget about the Pantone color of the year: Radiant Orchid. This is another fun way to update your outfit. Wear the color as a shirt, or skirt  –> quick and easy way to bring your look into Summer. 

3- Patterns:

Summer is the perfect time to play with patterns. Florals are popping up in store windows everywhere. Each piece is going to add visual appeal to your outfit and ensure you are transitioning into the summer with a chic and dynamic wardrobe.

4- Accessories

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The winter to summer transition is not just an opportunity to mix up your clothing, but also your accessories, make-up, even nail polish.

 Add a statement necklace or earrings to your outfits and keep everything else simple.

5- Beauty

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Go for a glowing highlighter on cheeks but keep your lips matte. And skip the heavy eyeliner, a neutral eye shadow and thick mascara will keep your look fresh.

Nail polish is another fun way to add a little Spring to your look. Again go for brights or pastels!

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Bourjois Blush and Eye Shadow – Maybelline GO Extreme Mascara, L’Oreal Miss Manga Mascara, Makeup Forever Smoky Lash Mascara in purple – Maybelline Nude Lipstick

 

I hope my tips will be helpful and have a lovely summer 🙂

 

This post was part of the interactive campaign “Closet Swap” by Raise.com.

Raise is a new marketplace where you can buy discounted gift cards to your favorite brands, and sell your unused gift cards for cash!

 

THE HOUSE OF AZIZ AND WALID MOUZANNAR, GENERATIONS OF JEWELRY EXPERTISE


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Since the 18th century the Mouzannar Family has been established as leading fine jewelers in the Middle East. In the 1950s the late Aziz Mouzannar and his brother Walid made significant contributions to the transformation of Beirut’s Jeweler’s Souk, positioning it as a main jewelry destination for the entire Middle East.
The Lebanese Civil War destroyed the Souk, but it did not affect the prestige of the Mouzannar family whose name remains as an absolute reference in the jewelry industry.
The creations made by the house of Aziz and Walid Mouzannar are inspired by Middle Eastern tradition and antiquity with a contemporary feel, making them timeless classics, sought for their high value and emotional substance.

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And next week, internationally acclaimed jewelry designer, Dori Mouzannar and award-winning jeweler designer Alia Mouzannar are passing by Dubai for 3 days!

Dori & Alia Mouzannar will be showing their unique and limited edition pieces from their latest work that have been featured in the likes of Elle France and L’Officiel.

Join them for 3 days of fashion and glamour at Comptoir 102.

And don’t forget to check their instagram account for the wonderful jewelry creations.

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