On Tuesday 13 June Aubade welcomed guests to Sadu House in Kuwait City for a private VIP iftar followed by the ghabga. Aubade represents a number of handpicked fine jewellery designers from around the globe, and the evening’s event included a trunk show with curated jewels from Noor Fares and Venyx.
Eugenie Niarchos of Venyx and Noor Fares
Noor Fares’s eponymous brand was founded in 2009 after the Parisienne-born Lebanese designer studied jewellery design at London’s Central St Martins. Noor spoke to Harper’s Bazaar Arabia about her designs, which are inspired by a number of influences including talismans and amulets, a theme she believes especially resonates with fans in the Middle East.
“My jewellery has a playful element that I hope allows people to be creative with their own unique style,” Noor says. “I also hope that I design jewellery people want to wear and treasure for a lifetime.” This appears to be an easy task considering the beautiful gems featured in Noor’s collections, including shimmering opals, labradorites and moonstone. “I really love stones with optical illusions,” Noor told Harper’s. “The Fly Me to the Moon earrings come in 40 different materials, including fossilised Mammoth tusk and aventurine quartz in a variety of colours.”
A selection of earrings from the Noor Fares "Fly Me To The Moon" collection
Aubade’s event showcased such jewels alongside the collections of Venyx, the fine jewellery brand launched in 2014 by Greek heiress and socialite Eugenie Niarchos. Combining the words ‘Venus” and “onyx”, Eugenie uses earth and nature motifs in her designs, such as the chunky Caiman and Chameleon rings portaying the textured skins of the animals. Other jewels reveal a more futuristic galactic feel, with the star constellations of the Lady Australis earrings and geometric motifs of the Electra collection.
A selection of jewels from Venyx including the "Caiman" rings
Both brands are part of a carefully curated selection at Aubade, which was founded in 2013 by Duha AlRamadhan. Inspired by the word “au-bade”, meaning a song or poem greeting the dawn, Duha has opened Kuwait’s doors for the world’s upcoming designers to showcase their stunning jewels in the heart of its capital city.