Best of both worlds

As far as we can remember, at 17 we were still figuring out which degree to take up at Univeristy, but Jeddah-born Lillian Ismail was already shaping her jewellery business.

 

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What started as a high-school graduation project, resulted in her being dubbed as Saudi Arabia’s “Youngest Jewellery Designer”, and she didn’t stop there. She took her creative spirit to New York’s Pratt Institute where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in jewellery-making. After an internship at Oscar De La Renta, she decided to launch her namesake label in 2018.

Her pieces, “artwork” as she refers to her designs, are used as a medium to express concepts from her culture and Islamic background, which are then blended with contemporary aesthetic she developed in the New York. All of her rings, brooches, necklaces and earrings are handmade locally in her hometown, Jeddah, and she uses materials like onyx and emerald across her spheric shapes.

 

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Lillian’s aim is to create wearable art that is affordable aesthetically and financially, with a strong sense of design. Her best seller is the Mini Galaxy Ring, but we are eagerly awaiting her latest line 1441 H which features a mixture of geometric shapes that look ideal for stacking. Her Coins collection beautifully celebrates her heritage, as does Falak line, inspired by centuries-old Islamic scientific manuscripts, specifically on astronomy.

 

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