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This Emirati Fine Jewelry Brand is Championing Exceptional Craftsmanship Through Minimalism

Aisha Rashid

Emirati Aisha Rashid launched her fine jewelry brand Arqa in 2019. After studying jewelry at the International Gemological Institute (IGI), she obtained a certification in diamond grading from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). Post learning the tools of the ‚ ade, Rashid knew she wanted to establish her own brand. “I honed my skills and devised a distinctive approach to crafting standout collections,” she says. “This enabled me to create unique pieces that cater to the evolving needs of modern women.” The designer’s burgeoning brand is now redefining minimalist jewelry, creating elegance and balance in bespoke craftsmanship. “I wanted the Arqa collection to suit every woman, with pieces made with the utmost attention to detail. I want my jewelry to offer a timeless blend of modernity and luxury,” she says. Rashid counts architecture and art as inspiration to create Arqa’s dynamic pieces. Here, she gives us an insight into her universe of sparkle.

“The rarity of natural pearls adds to their charm. Unlike other gemstones that can be mined or manufactured, I feel that wearing natural pearls connects you to the past, evoking a sense of nostalgia and embracing the enduring beauty of nature.”

“As a child I nurtured a passion for jewelry since I was little, wearing my mother’s necklace as a headpiece and playing make-believe games about becoming a designer one day.”

“From imagination to creation, unleashing the beauty of jewelry design, all my pieces utilize the finest materials. I am incredibly specific about everything I make and precision in jewelry is most important to me.”

“I chose the name Arqa for my brand as it originates from the Arabic language and carries the profound meaning of ‘The Finest.’ It represents my commitment to crafting exceptional jewelry pieces that exude excellence and embody the essence of beau and quality.”

“From the intricate details of architectural masterpieces to the mesmerizing colors and lines in paintings, from the harmonies of music to the sheer beauty of nature. All of these serve as resources for me to create timeless, modern, wearable pieces.”

“Sharjah, my hometown, has played a pivotal role in my creative journey due to its deep appreciation for culture and civilization. Its distinctive architecture inspired by ancient cultures and its welcoming attitude towards different artistic expressions have nurtured my love for the arts since childhood.”

“Oscar de la Renta’s mastery balances modernity and romance, leaving a distinct and unforgettable imprint on the fashion world. He fueled my passion for design and impacted my own personal style.”

Originally published in the October 2023 issue of Vogue Arabia

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