HBA: Did you always want to join the family business and launch your own collection?
PK: No, when I was younger I wanted to do anything except jewellery! I studied biochemistry at school and then worked at a bank. But then I just ended up back in it – I’d always helped by mom when I wasn’t in school and over time I became an important part of the company and she didn’t want to let me go.
About six years ago my mom started designing a new collection that would be positioned at a more accessible price point and I helped her by giving feedback and advice. Eventually I took it over to create the KALAN collection, which features 14-karat gold with handpicked semi-precious gemstones.
HBA: Who enjoys wearing the KALAN collection?
PK: We thought younger buyers would enjoy it most but actually it’s also popular with an older generation. I feel that women today don’t wait for husbands to give them jewellery anymore and want to buy it for themselves, and that’s easier when it’s more affordable. It’s the perfect collection for gifting as well.
New necklace designs from the KALAN collection at Sauce Rocks, from Dhs 1,000
HBA: Can you tell us about the pieces you are launching here today?
PK: They’re building on the latest Amalfi jewels from the KALAN collection, but using a few new cuts of stones such as the clover and hexagon, so there’s now a bigger mix of different shapes. This is also the first time I have designed a collection in just yellow gold.
I’m in love with the gemstones used in the jewels, such as the rainbow moonstone. The other semi-precious gems are coloured topaz, opals, green and light amethysts, and we mix these together with diamonds in the designs. There is a spring-like theme to the collection so the colours are all very light.
KALAN earrings with baguette-cut semi-precious gemstones at Sauce Rocks
HBA: Why do you think the KALAN collection stands out?
PK: For the same reason that my mom’s collections are all very distinctive and different. We try to keep our designs unique and not like the other styles out there today. For example, baguette-cuts of stones are used in the KALAN collection that are also a signature feature of my mom’s designs.
Lama Al-Akeel at the Sauce Rocks launch
HBA: Can you tell us about the importance of the Middle East to your brand?
PK: My mother was born in Lebanon and we still have a lot of family there so we visit often. Over the last four years we have regularly participated in jewellery shows throughout the region, including that in Doha, the Al Tayer exhibition in Abu Dhabi, and the Bahrain jewellery exhibition in November.
In Dubai, Sauce Rocks is now our home for this collection and I’m very excited about that as we had a lot of requests from here to see the jewels. I’m always in contact with our customers from the Middle East and they come to visit us in LA as well. They like the same kind of jewels as our clients there - women just love diamonds no matter where they’re from!