Six jewellery pieces crafted by Qataris to be auctioned at DJWE

 08 Feb 2018 - 8:22

Six jewellery pieces crafted by Qataris to be auctioned at DJWE
From left: Nada Al Sulaiti, Leila Abu Issa, Hissa Al Mannai and Ghada Al Buainain. Pic: Salim Matramkot/The Peninsula

By Raynald C Rivera | The Peninsula

DOHA: Six bespoke jewellery pieces crafted by young Qatari designers will be auctioned at the upcoming 15th Doha Jewellery and Watches Exhibition (DJWE) in partnership with AlBahie Auction House, organisers announced yesterday.

Starting bid for each piece is QR30,000 and all proceeds will go to Education Above All (EAA) foundation, Jennifer Bishop, Director of AlBahie Auction House, told reporters at a press briefing yesterday at AlBahie Auction House.

This is the first time AlBahie is taking part at DJWE through the charity auction to be held on February 25 as a way of supporting the six participants of the Young Qatari Designers (YQDs) initiative which is now on its second year.

“One of Al Bahie’s main cultural missions is to contribute to education and to the cultural scene in Doha so to partner with DJWE for this charity auction and working with the Young Qatari designers fit so well with our cultural mission,” said Bishop.

Asked on the choice of charity to benefit from the auction, Bishop said: “Education Above All was selected because DJWE and Al Bahie share the same mission of education, to start nurturing creative talents at a young age and helping them establish themselves on the international market. All of us involved share that commitment to education,” she explained.

One of the interesting pieces, which will be auctioned, is a pair of earrings by Ghand Jewellery called “Mihrab”, which is inspired by the Qibla wall. The diamond and white gold earrings were designed as tops of curving archways with suspending lines of baguette and round-cut diamonds set in 8.61 grams of white gold with 2.74 carat white diamonds. 

“This piece is called ‘Mihrab’ because it is inspired by the Qibla wall. The first word in the Holy Qur’an is ‘iqra’ which means ‘read’ and all of the proceeds of the auction will be going to education,” said Hissa Al Mannai, who together with her sister Jawaher will be joining YQDs for the first time.

Al Ghla Jewellery will present “Tiara” as their signature piece, set in yellow gold with the outline of the State of Qatar in mother of pearl amongst starbursts of rubies. Leila Issam Fine Jewellery will showcase “Ombres”, a pair of white gold diamond and pink sapphire earrings each designed as tops of round and petal-shaped sapphires with yellow diamonds suspending a line of white diamonds and terminating in round- and petal-shaped pink sapphires. “Qatar,” is Nouf Jewellery’s item for the auction, a Qatari flag inspired white gold hinged-bracelet with 2.05 carat round-cut diamonds and 11.80 carat rubies, totalling 684 stones set in 36.85 grams of white gold. Hairaat’s “Sleeping Beauty,” is a pair of drop earrings each designed as tops of oval-cut natural turquoise framed by round-cut diamonds suspending a single Tahitian pearl. And finally, Ghada Al Buainain Jewellery has designed “Pipe in Gold,” a white gold necklace erupting in a spectacular cluster of pearls and diamonds.

The Young Qatari Designers initiative is patroned by Prime Minister and Interior Minister H E Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, and returns to DJWE 2018 as part of its commitment to nurturing young talent and creativity. 

The YQDs eagerly awaiting their opportunity to shine alongside exclusive pieces from the world’s most prestigious jewellery and watch brands include Nada Al Sulaiti (Hairaat); Nouf Al Meer (Nouf Jewellery); Ghada Al Buainain; Leila Abu Issa (Leila Issam Fine Jewellery); Shikha Mohamed (Al Ghla Jewellery); and Jawaher & Hissa Mohammed Al Mannai (Ghand Jewellery). 

DJWE 2018 will take place from February 21 to 26 at Doha Exhibition and Convention Center (DECC), featuring more than 400 brands from over 10 countries bringing an extensive display of classic and contemporary luxury collections by internationally-recognised brands and designers. 

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