Coined as one of the most prestigious jewelry showcases in the region and among the largest in the world, the 2017 “Doha Jewellery and Watches Exhibition” (DJWE) played host to some the finest jewelry and luxury timepieces. The 14th edition of the annual show displayed over 500 brands with a spellbinding medley of gemstone sets, one-off designs, never-before-seen collections, and watches by a roster of international and Middle Eastern labels.
Sought-after names included Chopard, Chaumet, and Boucheron, who dazzled at the fair alongside prominent jewelry houses such as Al Fardan, Ali Bin Ali, and Amiri Gems, showcasing a high-end selection of pieces. The emperor of black pearls, Robert Wan, threaded Tahitian pearls on traditional prayer beads and unveiled exclusive pieces designed in collaboration with Qatar-based jewelry curator Fadia Al Zain. Drawing inspiration from Qatar’s pearl-diving heritage, half-moon earrings and bangles were seen dotted with lustrous ivory pearls. Elsewhere, Graff displayed its 110-carat Hallucination watch set with rare colored diamonds––including vivid yellow, pink, and blue in an assortment of cuts––making it the most valuable watch in the world.
Notable highlights at DJWE 2017 included Azza Fahmy’s contemporary fine jewelry designs that boasted intricate Arabic calligraphy of classic poetry and Arabesque motifs. The renowned jewelry house––which has collaborated on a number of capsule collections, working with British designers such as Matthew Williamson and Julien Macdonald, as well as bespoke pieces for the British Museum in London––revealed a striking lineup of gemstone cuffs, earrings, and rings in contrasting mixed-metal finishes. Meanwhile, evil eye silhouettes were up for grabs by Los Angeles-based designer Suzanne Kalan. Known for her signature baguette-cut diamonds that track bangles, drop earrings, and pendants, Kalan dreamed up the protective totem through a set of turquoise studs and delicate gold necklaces.
Amid the knockout rocks there was also a sumptuous selection of watch brands, including the storied Parisian label Charles Oudin. One of the oldest names in horology––the company dates back to 1797 and was favored by the Empress Joséphine of France and Alfonso XII King of Spain of the European royal court––captured the attention of guests with timepieces featuring Arabic numerals.
In the gallery above, Vogue Arabia highlights the eye-catching jewelry and watches at DJWE 2017.