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“I try to create pieces that are both contemporary and timeless. I always think about the longevity of my work,” says London-based Noor Fares, who describes herself as more of a designer than a maker.
Indeed, her lyrical ‘Fly Me to the Moon’ earrings, which are crafted in a wing motif from materials such as mammoth ivory, ebony or mother of pearl, are as eye catching as they are enduring. Named in part after her father’s love of Frank Sinatra, when Noor launched her collection in 2009, they were one of the pieces that helped to cement her international reputation.
Although raised in Paris, the jeweller, who is of Lebanese descent, has thus far lived a globetrotting life. She studied art history in Boston, gemmology in London and has an MA in fine jewellery design from Central Saint Martins. Here, she says, her thesis centred upon the importance of narrative in jewellery.
“Of course I work very closely with the makers and it’s important to understand exactly how things are made. For this, communication is essential,” she notes, adding that her favourite part of the process is spending time with the craftsmen in Italy who make her jewellery. “People are drawn to craftsmanship. They are amazed by it.”