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Noor Fares Brings Mysticism and Modernity to Middle Eastern Design

The Lebanese jewellery designer loved by DSM and Chanel

Mysticism, modernity, and a hint of tradition: three elements that are the perfect recipe to capture the attention of any millennial. Add in geometric structures and a healthy dose of colour and that’s exactly what makes Noor Fares’s eponymous jewellery label everyone’s favourite.

Since launching in 2009, the Lebanese designer has made a name for herself in the jewellery business, with her designs spotted everywhere from Dover Street Market to Net-a-Porter and on the runway for Chanel’s S/S10 show.  

Having grown up with a mother who regularly wore mismatched shoes (as she confessed to Elle last year), eccentricity was always embraced by Fares, and her designs are a clear testament to that. One of her collections, named Rainbow, was a tribute to both colour and enlightenment. 

The collection included a ‘Planet Spiral Ring’, made of grey gold with an opal centre stone surrounded by yellow, blue and pink sapphires, amethyst and tsavorite stones. To design the collection, she looked to Hindu and Buddhist tantra, where “the belief is that those who have surpassed their “earthly ties” experience the “rainbow body”, also described as a “body of light.”

Another one of her collections, named Prana looked to the Sanskrit word for ‘Life Force’. “Prana works in harmony with the seven Chakras to provide balance allowing vital energy to flow,” as explained on her site.

The Central Saint Martins graduate, who holds a masters in jewellery design, constantly looks to ancient symbolism, combining it with a touch of modernity. She has also always paid tribute to her Lebanese heritage, with the engraved eye and intricate geometric Middle Eastern mosaic designs a signature feature in her work.

The result? A perfect balance between the past and the present that landed her timeless pieces in the hands of everyone from Salma Hayek and Sienna Miller to Kate Winslet and Naomie Harris. 

“I try to create pieces that are innovative yet at the same timeless,” says Fares. “I always consider when I’m designing a piece whether someone will want to wear it in years to come,” she says.

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