Lebanese fine jewelry designer Ralph Masri has collaborated on an exclusive collection with Beirut’s iconic Sursock Museum, which reopened its doors today. The former mansion with a grand façade and lavish interior was closed in 2007 to undergo renovations and has now been unveiled as Lebanon’s first interactive museum of contemporary art. The museum has many new features including exhibition spaces, a library, an auditorium, and a shop showcasing designer items created exclusively for the Sursock Museum—and among them are Ralph Masri’s fine jewelry designs.
“One of the museum’s shop directors saw a client of mine wearing my Arabesque Deco ring at a party and fell in love with it,” Masri told Style.com/Arabia. “We met and they asked me to create an exclusive set of pieces for them by incorporating elements of the museum in my Arabesque Deco line.” Inspired by the windows of the iconic building, Masri played with shapes and colors to develop the collection that consists of rings and earrings with silver and gold finishes that are set in a range of colored stones.
The Beirut-based designer recently showcased his fine jewelry designs during this year’s Paris Fashion Week at the LuxCartel showroom. His latest line, Sacred Windows, which draws inspiration from arched windows and the stained glass artwork of cathedrals, features elongated earrings, necklaces, and rings set in diamonds, pink sapphires, and amethysts. The pieces are finished in rose gold, white gold, and black rhodium.