The creations of Bil Arabi, helmed by jewelry maker Nadine Kanso, are now available at Bayt Damas—but only for a limited time. To mark the launch, Kanso has unveiled a new collection available exclusively at the luxury lifestyle destination. Expect a gradient of vibrant shades of malachite, amethyst, and diamonds, resting on a bed of 18-carat yellow gold, engraved with contemporary Arab calligraphy. The new collection has been crafted as a celebration of Arabic culture to complement the narrative of Bayt Damas’s legacy.
Translating to “in Arabic”, Bil Arabi features enlarged calligraphic motifs that can be worn on one’s hands or neck, all in a canvas of gold and precious stones. Renowned for the Arabic scripts with personalized messages like “hobb”—meaning “love”—in frames that encase the outer contour of the jewelry, geometries of a human heart, eye, and coral shells are constructed for an elevated extension of the Lebanese photographer’s creative voice.
Bil Arabi was established in 2006 by Kanso, who has a background in typography and graphic design. Initiating with “noon” a project that harks back to the first Arabic letter of her name, Kanso’s work soon progressed into a complete collection of calligraphy-inspired rings, earrings, bracelets, and pendants. Described as “modern heirlooms”, her stunning pieces document a reality of the Middle East far from the typical images hyped in the media.
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Bayt Damas’s founding in 1907 sparked the beginning of a goldsmith legacy that slowly expanded from one shop at the Gold Souq in Dubai to international portals in retail stores located in the GCC and MENA region. This coming together is one to keep an eye out for all jewelry enthusiasts.