The Istanbul Collection has captured the essence of the city’s midnight sky, transforming it into these refined pieces of jewellery. Selim Mouzannar has drawn his inspiration from classical Ottoman architecture and the natural surroundings up above, to create this sparkling, starry collection.
This cosmic source of inspiration is symbolised in the star motif at the very heart of this collection, with the use of diamonds to evoke the everlasting nature of the evening skies above a transforming city such as Istanbul.
This city, a melting pot for cultural, geographical and historical heritage, provides an unlimited source of inspiration in itself. However, Istanbul’s beauty is not the only source for Selim’s creativity in this collection. When he looks at this incredible city, he also sees his beloved hometown, Beirut.
Beirut itself was historically deeply inspired by Constantinople, and even in the present day, these two cities, culturally, share a great deal. The Istanbul Collection is about bringing all of these ‘pairs’ together. The two cities, Istanbul’s architecture and starry evening setting, have, aptly, influenced the creation of the two stars at the focal point of this collection.
The eternal, glistening evening light is embodied by the use of diamonds, with their endless sparkle, captured in these 18 carat gold five and seven point starry pieces. Selim’s careful and subtle incorporation of coloured precious stones, such as Sapphires, Tanzanite, Rubies and Pink Sapphires, embody the rich colours and character of the city of Istanbul.
These delicate stars may have been inspired by the past and present, but in their infinite shine, the Istanbul Collection also represents a beacon of hope and a promising symbol for the future.
The Istanbul Collection has been featured in Marie Claire Maison, Dreams, Les Précieuses, Pure Trend by L’Officiel and Istanbul The Guide.