Watch | Inside MARLI New York's First GCC Flagship Store

BY Harper's BAZAAR Arabia / Feb 14 2019 / 17:21 PM

In conversation with MARLI New York founder, Maral Artinian at her sensational new store in The Dubai Mall

Fine jewellery is in Maral Artinian’s DNA. Growing up in a family of jewellery specialists, she spent her summers in Antwerp learning about precious stones, craftsmanship and the luxurious world of the jewellery trade.

Maral has achieved international success with MARLI New York - not to mention an enviable A-list following (Jennifer Lopez is a huge fan). After living in Montreal and Dubai some years ago, she now resides in New York where she pursues her passion for jewellery in her stylish Manhattan studio.

"I think I’m more of a team player than a boss," she says, "so it’s true when I say that I work with my team. They don’t work for me. It takes a team effort to build everything we’re doing. I look at jewellery as the entire concept of a brand, because that’s just who I am. I’m not only a designer, but I’m also a creative person. I look at everything as a bigger picture, it’s a whole identity. I never call myself a jewellery designer: I’m a creative director and founder.".

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Of her label’s creation, Maral recalls, “I wanted to create something new that I couldn’t find anywhere else in the market, something for women to wear all day long, for many different occasions as part of their daily life. Fine jewellery pieces made with innovative techniques of the highest degree, but that also communicate an element of fun and can even be layered together.”

It’s no wonder then as to why Dubai was the next stop on MARLI New York’s ever-growing agenda. Elegantly modern and stylishly fresh, her creations speak to the contemporary woman who values diversity and design within her everyday style - a trait incredibly well suited to the women of the Middle East. MARLI New York’s new Cleo collection is the perfect example. Inspired by classical architecture and the enigmatic essence of the young Cleopatra, 18K white, rose, and yellow gold pieces are set with glistening diamonds creating edgy designs with a sophisticated twist.

Cleo Slip-On Bangles by Marli New YorkCleo Wrap Ring by MARLI New York

“I chose to open the Flagship in Dubai because the city just has that “happiness” vibe that appeals to people,” she says. "Dubai has an incredibly sophisticated audience who truly understand the quality and craftsmanship that fine jewellery entails. It's such a positive place and actually reminds me a lot of New York in many ways. There are a lot of exciting projects we have in the pipeline at the moment that I can't wait to share, but this is certainly our biggest for 2019."

Discover the new MARLI New York flagship store at Fashion Avenue, The Dubai Mall, Dubai