Many jewellers would swear by Elizabeth Taylor’s ability to pick out high quality and exquisite diamond jewellery and by the time of her death, in 2011, she had amassed the world’s most impressive collection that included her most prized pieces by Bulgari.
Considering it’s only fifteen years younger than Cartier, it’s amazing that the Lebanese, family-owned jewellery house of Tabbah is not more widely recognised. Of course, this has much to do with the nature of their business – quietly creating one-off haute joaillerie, often for international royalty.
It is impossible to be indifferent about Shourouk Rhaiem’s sparkling accessories. Bold, bright and kaleidoscopic in colour, they are the ultimate anti-depressant, cocktail conversation piece and protest against financial crisis.
Chopard may not have changed their name when they switched family ownership but a lot did change when artistic director and co-president, Caroline Scheufele set up her haute jewellery collections, expanding the company’s reach from ladies’ watches to eco-jewellery.
The world may credit Coco Chanel with changing the face of fashion and introducing us to the little black dress, the pea jacket and trousers for women but she also played an integral role in transforming our appreciation of jewellery.
Palestinian-Lebanese, brought up in Germany and now based in London, Husam El-Odeh could almost be the poster child for cosmopolitanism. From everywhere and nowhere, a jack of many trades, his present incarnation as jeweller seems the ideal setting for a talent as versatile as his.
One of the largest and almost certainly least-worn diamonds in the world - Tiffany’s bulbous 128.54 carat Yellow Diamond - has just been given a brand new look.
Every generation has a leading jeweller and for the past 20 years an American-born talent by the name of Joel Arthur Rosenthal has been that man. More commonly known by the acronym JAR, the Paris-based specialist is unrivalled in his exquisite design and craftsmanship.
When the man behind de Grisogono, Fawaz Gruosi, introduced his striking black diamond jewellery, industry veterans called him crazy. Nevertheless, they became a resounding hit. Bespoke sat down with the designer on his latest visit to the region to find more.
Chopard is a Swiss based luxury watch, jewellery, and accessories company founded in 1860 by Louis-Ulysse Chopard. Having been sold to Karl Scheufele in 1963, the company is now run by his children Caroline Gruosi-Scheufele and Karl-Friedrich Scheufele. Bespoke meets them both.