Alkhallafi High Jewellery doesn’t deal in mass production. Instead, it focuses on meticulously crafted and limited in-house collections, and also takes on challenging private commissions. These bespoke orders imbibe the same exacting standards as its own jewels – Founder Ahmad Alkhallafi says he can keep an order on hold for months at a time while he sources the perfect gemstones.
A gouache design for an emerald and diamond necklace by Alkhallafi
The quality of these stones is of upmost importance to Alkhallafi, who looks at each gem completely subjectively. “Traditionally Colombian emeralds are considered the best,” he explains. “Whilst Colombia certainly yields a number of magnificent gems, if a Zambian or Afghan emerald is as beautiful to me and instantly pops in my eye, that will be the stone I select."
This approach is then carried forward to the execution of the jewels themselves. After an exhaustive search of workshops across the world Alkhallafi now only collaborates with a handpicked group of Parisian ateliers, believing their craftsmen boast unique skills often passed down through generations of families that continue to apprentice and make jewellery today.
An emerald and diamond necklace by Alkhallafi
The one-of-a-kind designs in the Alkhallafi collections are never repeated. The pieces are inspired by a number of influences – the emerald and diamond jewels that can currently be seen at the showroom clearly draw on Islamic architecture and its intersection with historical Art Deco jewellery design. Commissions can range from designing a piece to accommodate a particular gemstone, to re-working older family-owned jewels – or Alkhallafi is simply given a blank canvas and a budget to create an exceptional piece from scratch.
Alkhallafi will remain firmly dedicated to creating select jewels of exceptional standards that will be treasured by his clients’ families for generations to come.