Beirut

The evolution of Joanna Achkar




Joanna Achkar is part of that small group of women who studied economics, she started working in the world of finance and then returned to her first love: jewelry. Of Lebanese origin, but resident in Paris, Joanna Achkar started with a degree in Business Administration at the Institut Superieur de Gestion in the French capital in 2014, to then work at Byblos Bank in Beirut and later for Aim Social Media Marketing. In 2017 she was her turning point: she founded the jewelry brand that bears her name.

Anello Stella Divina, in oro 18 carati, smalto, rubini
Anello Stella Divina, in oro 18 carati, smalto, rubini

But she was not an initiative born out of nothing: she first studied Jewelery Design, Diamond Grading and Gemmology in Antwerp, at HRD (Hope Raad voor Diamant), the leading European authority in the certification of diamonds. Joanna Achkar’s jewels are made of 18 karat gold and diamonds, together with other precious stones, such as rubies, but also (more rarely) with synthetic stones. She also added a touch of color with the use of nail polish. The rings are also designed to be worn together, stacked, with a touch of fantasy that never becomes excessive.
Koanna Achkar (da Facebook)
Koanna Achkar (da Facebook)

Orecchini in oro con diamanti taglio marquise
Orecchini in oro con diamanti taglio marquise
Collana Mini Harmonia in oro 18 carati, smalto, diamanti
Collana Mini Harmonia in oro 18 carati, smalto, diamanti
Anello Iris in oro, smalto, diamante marquise
Anello Iris in oro, smalto, diamante marquise
Anello Split Rose con zaffiri rosa e tormalina paraiba sintetica
Anello Split Rose con zaffiri rosa e tormalina paraiba sintetica
Anello in oro rosa con rubini e zaffiri rosa
Anello in oro rosa con rubini e zaffiri rosa
Anello Gaia in oro e diamanti
Anello Gaia in oro e diamanti

Anello Grace in oro, diamanti e opale
Anello Grace in oro, diamanti e opale







The drapes by André Marcha

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André Marcha’s jewels, fantasies in the ancient Phoenician land with the Drape collection ♦
He is a jeweler, son of jewelers, with jewelers sons and, from mother, nephew of famous jewelers like the Boghossians. Family traditions are important. Especially if you live and work in that country that was once called the Middle East Switzerland: Lebanon. Despite the difficulties that has crossed the ancient land of the Phoenicians, Beirut has always been the cradle of many jewelers of value, as André Marcha, now helped by his daughter Stephanie and his sons Bruno and Jeff, who work with him. Their kingdom is located inside the Hotel Phenicia, where for almost 20 years there is the shop with André Marcha standing ovation jewelry. However, his debut as a jeweler took place earlier in 1969. Do not think of an oriental style.

Orecchini a forma di foglia con smeraldi e diamanti brown
Orecchini a forma di foglia con smeraldi e diamanti brown

The jewels of the Lebanese Maison show that open fantasy that could have sprung from the mind of a London or Paris designer. As in the case of the Drape collection, in which gold and pavé of precious or colored stones are worked in such a way as to represent a moving fabric. A precious drape that is not only an original interpretation of pins and rings, but also a testimony of the goldsmith’s skill that is still in the country. Now the jewels of André Marcha can be found from Los Angeles to London, and sometimes even at Christie’s or Sotheby’s auctions. Family traditions are important also for this.

Spilla, anello  e orecchini a forma di tappeto volante con zaffiri multicolor, granati, onice e oro
Spilla, anello e orecchini a forma di tappeto volante con zaffiri multicolor, granati, onice e oro
Anello orchidea in oro con zaffiri, ametista, granati verdi, diamanti
Anello orchidea in oro con zaffiri, ametista, granati verdi, diamanti
Spilla a forma di fiore con zaffiri rosa, rubini e granati verdi
Spilla a forma di fiore con zaffiri rosa, rubini e granati verdi
Orecchini a forma di foglia in oro 18 carati con zaffiri rosa, diamanti bianchi, tormaline
Orecchini a forma di foglia in oro 18 carati con zaffiri rosa, diamanti bianchi, tormaline
Spilla a forma di foglia in oro 18 carati con zaffiri colorati, diamanti bianchie brown, tormaline
Spilla a forma di foglia in oro 18 carati con zaffiri colorati, diamanti bianchi e brown, tormaline

Spilla in oro 18 carati con zaffiri, diamanti
Spilla in oro 18 carati con zaffiri, diamanti

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Tabbah’s princely jewels

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The jewels of Tabbah, the Maison that made the jewels for the wedding of Charlene of Monaco ♦ ︎

In 20121, the Maison Tabbah has reached the age of 159 years. Not many companies produce jewelry that can boast such a long life. And the perspective to last also for more. Tabbah, in fact, enjoys international popularity: for example, in collaboration with Princess Charlene of Monaco, Nagib Tabbah designed and created the custom-made jewels worn during her marriage to Prince Albert II of Monaco. A beautiful advertisement for Tabbah, which is not based in Paris, but in Beirut, Lebanon. Tabbah, like many other jewelery brands, has two lines: jewelery made of gold and diamonds, and high jewelery with large precious stones and lots of imagination.

Charlene di Monaco con la collana di Tabbah

Founded in 1862, the Maison is a family run business run by Nabil and Nagib Tabbah. But the story is even longer if it dates back to the seventeenth century, when Tabbah was a silk printer with geometric patterns. More recently, a House of Tabbah boutique was opened in Beirut, on Allenby Street. And in 2019 the brand participated in the second edition of GemGèneve, with success.

Collana con pendente in oro annerito e diamanti
Collana con pendente in oro annerito e diamanti
Collana in oro, ametista e diamanti
Collana in oro, ametista e diamanti
Pendente cavalluccio marino in oro, diamanti, rubini
Pendente cavalluccio marino in oro, diamanti, rubini
Fine jewellery Tabbah. orecchini plissé in oro rosa
Fine jewellery Tabbah. orecchini plissé in oro rosa
Orecchini pendenti in oro rosa e diamanti
Orecchini pendenti in oro rosa e diamanti
Orecchini in oro rosa e diamanti
Orecchini in oro rosa e diamanti

Bracciali in oro e diamanti
Bracciali in oro e diamanti







The precious passions of Selim Mouzannar

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Almost all jewelers spend their time making jewelry. Almost. Some, like Selim Mouzannar, also engage in civil battles. The Beirut-based jeweler, in fact, is part of the Executive Committee of Achrafieh2020, a citizen-led environmental initiative to reinvent the Lebanese city’s historic Ashrafieh neighborhood as a sustainable and liveable space. Furthermore, he is one of the founders of Right to Nonviolence, an NGO engaged in legal activism and defense. Mouzannar, tells his biography, was involved in the non-violent revolution of the cedars of 2005 which forced the Syrian army to leave Lebanon.

Orecchini in oro rosa, diamanti e acquamarina
Orecchini in oro rosa, diamanti e acquamarina

But, of course, his main activity remains that of jewelry. He comes from a family of artisans originally from Damascus, and learned the art of working precious metals and gems in his father’s jewelry in the souk of Beirut, during the heyday of the cosmopolitan city. In 1980, during the civil war, Mouzannar went to study in Paris, where he graduated in mineralogy and gemology. He then worked for a jeweler based in Saudi Arabia and he moved to Bangkok, Thailand, where he dealt with gems.
Orecchini in oro rosa con diamanti e tormaline
Orecchini in oro rosa con diamanti e tormaline

In 1990 Mouzannar returned to Paris, where he acquired further skills in mineralogy from the Institut National de Gemmologie. Finally, he opened his Maison in Beirut, and in 2012 received a certification in Jewelry Design from the GIA Gemological Institute of America, followed by a certificate from the École supérieure des affaires (Beirut) Lebanon) in Marketing De Luxe in 2014. The jeweler is known for his crafting technique, known as Falamenk (means Flemish in Arabic), which combines rose-cut diamonds and silver-backed bezels.

Colla o bracciale in oro rosa, smalto, diamanti, zaffiri
Colla o bracciale in oro rosa, smalto, diamanti, zaffiri
Collana in oro rosa con tormaline tonalità pastello e diamanti
Collana in oro rosa con tormaline tonalità pastello e diamanti
Pendenti in oro rosa, smalto, diamanti, zaffiri rosa e tormaline
Pendenti in oro rosa, smalto, diamanti, zaffiri rosa e tormaline
Anello in oro rosa, smalto, tormalina verde e acquamarine
Anello in oro rosa, smalto, tormalina verde e acquamarine

Anello in oro rosa diamanti, tormalina verde
Anello in oro rosa diamanti, tormalina verde







Nada Ghazal starts again from a ring

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She works between Beirut and Dubai, after graduating in Advertising Design from Lebanese American University. Nada Ghazal, in fact, worked for ten years in the advertising sector, based in the Emirates. Her experience has made it possible to learn the best of communication techniques, but without forgetting her true passion: jewelery. After winning numerous regional and international awards, she returned to Beirut, where she set up her own jewelery and gemstone workshop, with the first collections debuting in 2003. Her creativity in jewelery design drew attention: gold hand brushed, small diamonds or sapphires set like small stars in the metal.

Anello Blast, in oro giallo 18 carati spazzolato e diamanti
Anello Blast, in oro giallo 18 carati spazzolato e diamanti

But life in Beirut isn’t easy. In mid-2020, as if the covid were not enough, the explosion that destroyed a large area of ​​the Lebanese city also devastated the premises of the jewelry and laboratory, as well as Nada Ghazal’s home. Fortunately without causing casualties. The designer, however, did not lose heart and left. Indeed, she has decided to relaunch herself starting from a new ring, called Blast, a symbol of the will not to bend in the face of adversity.
Anello in oro giallo e diamanti neri
Anello in oro giallo e diamanti neri

Collana in oro con pendente in zaffiri multicolori
Collana in oro con pendente in zaffiri multicolori
Anello in oro giallo con diamanti
Anello in oro giallo con diamanti
Orecchini in oro giallo spazzolato
Orecchini in oro giallo spazzolato
Orecchino in oro con zaffiri multicolori
Orecchino in oro con zaffiri multicolori
Anello in oro giallo
Anello in oro giallo

Orecchini in oro giallo
Orecchini in oro giallo







The Gothic East by Ralph Masri




The young Lebanese designer Ralph Masri reinterprets the architecture of East and West in his jewelry  

Why in the world there are countries and cities where there are more jewelers? One of these lucky places is Lebanon. Closed (fortunately) the long period of tensions between the different souls of the population, the jewelry making business has recovered, also strong of customers who arrive in Beirut from the Gulf emirates. So it is not surprising if in the city that was once defined as Switzerland of the Middle East are born new generations of designers. One of the most acclaimed is Ralph Masri.

Orecchini Arabesque Deco in oro bianco e diamanti
Orecchini Arabesque Deco in oro bianco e diamanti

His jewels were worn by women like Meghan Markle and Princess Rania of Jordan.

The designer has a degree in Bachelors of Art of the jewels of Central Saint Martin College in London. He then followed the internship in companies such Pomellato and Swarovski in London. Because in addition to drawing pleasant objects you have to know how to sell and organize work. He then studied how to use the creativity by a London jeweler, Scott Wilson, who specializes in maxi jewelry for the fashion world. But Ralph Masri has followed his path: his jewels are geometric, darting, simple and rich at the same time. For Arabesque Deco collection, for example, it was inspired by the motifs of the ancient buildings of the Middle East, while with Sacred Windows collection was inspired by the architectural lines of the Gothic cathedrals. To you the choice.

Orecchini Modernist in oro rosa, diamanti e zaffiri rosa
Orecchini Modernist in oro rosa, diamanti e zaffiri rosa

Anello Modernist in oro rosa, diamanti e zaffiri rosa
Anello Modernist in oro rosa, diamanti e zaffiri rosa
Orecchini con pavé di diamanti e zaffiri
Orecchini con pavé di diamanti e zaffiri
Bracciale Modernist in oro bianco, diamanti, zaffiri
Bracciale Modernist in oro bianco, diamanti, zaffiri

Anello Arabesque in oro bianco e diamanti
Anello Arabesque in oro bianco e diamanti

Meghan Markle con un anello di Ralph Masri
Meghan Markle con un anello di Ralph Masri

Anello in oro rosa e diamanti indossato da Meghan Markle
Anello in oro rosa e diamanti indossato da Meghan Markle
La principessa Rania di Giordania con orecchini di Ralph Masri
La principessa Rania di Giordania con orecchini di Ralph Masri







A design jewelery lottery for Beirut




Six other jewelry designers have decided to help the Lebanese population after the blast in the port of Beirut that caused over 200 deaths, 7,000 injuries and severe damage to much of the city’s infrastructure. The jewelers are all independent and linked to the Auverture website, founded by Bibi van der Velden. Some of them also have Lebanese roots, such as Gaelle Khouri, Noor Fares and Selim Mouzannar. Together with them there are also Daniela Villegas, Alice Cicolini and Bibi van der Velden.

Selim Mouzannar, orecchini in oro rosa 18 carati, diamanti, zaffiri
Selim Mouzannar, orecchini in oro rosa 18 carati, diamanti, zaffiri

The idea is quite original: a lottery that gives away six jewels. Virtual tickets to participate in the lottery cost 50 euros, dollars or pounds. We must hurry, however, because they can only be purchased until August 16th. The winners of the lottery will be chosen on August 17th with a draw. and can be purchased via a special page on the Auverture website.
Gaelle Khouri, anello in oro giallo 18 carati, bronzo, diamanti, zaffiri rosa
Gaelle Khouri, anello in oro giallo 18 carati, bronzo, diamanti, zaffiri rosa

The jewels donated are of different types, but among them there is one that is particularly in tune with the Lebanese tragedy. This is the I Have a Dream ring by Gaelle Khouri in 18k yellow gold, bronze, white diamonds, pink sapphires and tsavorites, made in Lebanon: it represents a carved mutilated hand that symbolizes the suffering of Lebanese citizens that began with the civil war in 1975 .
Anello Big Face in oro lucido di Bibi van der Velden
Anello Big Face in oro lucido di Bibi van der Velden

Anello Eternity in oro grigio e diamanti di Noor Fares
Anello Eternity in oro grigio e diamanti di Noor Fares
Orecchini in argento, oro giallo, lacca, ametista verde di Alice Cicolini
Orecchini in argento, oro giallo, lacca, ametista verde di Alice Cicolini

Anello Spider di Daniela Villegas in oro giallo 18 carati, zaffiri e calcedonio
Anello Spider di Daniela Villegas in oro giallo 18 carati, zaffiri e calcedonio







The Mediterranean on the neck

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The new bracelet by Selim Mouzannar presented at Couture and other novelties by the famous Lebanese jeweler ♦

It is when winter comes that increases the nostalgia for the water of the Mediterranean Sea. The blue waves of the sea where civilization was born, is now transformed into a necklace by Selim Mouzannar, designer of a Lebanese family of jewelers. Although it has outlets in France, United States, Great Britain and Switzerland, Selim Mouzannar has maintained his headquarters in Beirut, because of the link with the culture that overlooks the banks of the sea. To the sea, now, has dedicated a series of the same color of the crystal waters. According to the jeweler, in this jewel has summarized the different shades of blue Mediterranean: as the sea near the island of Hydra, in Greece, to Formentera in Spain, of the French Riviera… It took three months of work to compose the necklace Mediterranean, made in 18K yellow gold, diamonds, sapphires, aquamarines, turquoise. But, as you can see from the pictures, the creativity of the brand Lebanon does not stop there: he also won a prize at the Couture Awards in Las Vegas in 2016. Matilde de Bounvilles




Bracciale con smalto, tsavorite, tanzanite, zirconi blu naturali, diamanti
Bracciale con smalto, tsavorite, tanzanite, zirconi blu naturali, diamanti, presentato al Couture Show 2018
Anello con zaffiro blu intenso, oro rosa, avorio
Anello con zaffiro blu intenso, oro rosa, avorio
Selim Mouzannar, orecchini con tsavoriti, avorio, smalto, diamanti
Selim Mouzannar, orecchini con tsavoriti, avorio, smalto, diamanti
Selim Mouzannar, Mina collection, anello con smeraldi colombiani, avorio, smalto, diamanti
Selim Mouzannar, Mina collection, anello con smeraldi colombiani, avorio, smalto, diamanti
Anello della Beirut collection, in oro rosa, diamanti, perle naturali
Anello della Beirut collection, in oro rosa, diamanti, perle naturali
Selim Mouzannar, Transparence collection, bracciale in oro e topazi
Selim Mouzannar, Transparence collection, bracciale in oro e topazi bianchi
Collier in oro con zaffiri blu
Collier in oro con zaffiri blu
Orecchini a stella con diamanti
Orecchini a stella con diamanti
Orecchini a stella con diamanti
Orecchini a stella con diamanti
Anello con morganite rosa e spinello rosso, Beirut collection
Anello con morganite rosa e spinello rosso, Beirut collection
Bracciale con morganite rosa e diamanti
Bracciale con morganite rosa e diamanti
Anello in oro rosa e diamanti di diversi tagli
Anello in oro rosa e diamanti di diversi tagli
A Selim Mouzannar il Best in Colored Gemstone sopra i 20.000 dollari
A Selim Mouzannar il Best in Colored Gemstone sopra i 20.000 dollari
Collana Mediterraneo
Collana Mediterraneo
Collezione Terra
Collezione Terra
Pendente della collezione Plage de Galets (ciotoli), con diamanti brown
Pendente della collezione Plage de Galets (ciotoli), con diamanti brown
Bracciale della collezione Shooting Stars
Bracciale della collezione Shooting Stars
Bracciali della collezione Sunset in oro rosa, turchese e diamanti
Bracciali della collezione Sunset in oro rosa, turchese e diamanti
Anello della collezione Sunset in oro rosa, turchese e diamanti
Anello della collezione Sunset in oro rosa, turchese e diamanti

Anello in oro con diamanti e tanzanite
Anello in oro con diamanti e tanzanite