“As good luck would have it…” William Shakespeare
The Fortune Collection connects the horse stables of the past with the good fortune of the future. Selim Mouzannar has looked beyond Beirut’s last and modernised Ottoman opulence (not for the first time) in this beautiful collection.
As he describes, “long before the Beirut old jewellery souk were the Ottoman horse stables. It is said that good fortune directs the destiny of our lives and so this is how, with a glimpse of nostalgia, I remember and revive the fusion of ‘Fortune’.”
The Ottoman history is also a reminder of Selim’s personal family heritage. Coming from a family of jewellers, Selim’s great-grandfather worked in the old jewellery souks of Beirut, which were previously the Ottoman stables.
The Fortune Collection is a physical reminder of this heritage, yet, for the recipient, looks to the future. The horseshoe, after all, is an internationally recognised symbol for good luck. The incorporation of rose gold and opulent stones, renders these pieces of jewellery into something much more than your usual charms.
The sapphires, amethysts, rubies and diamonds, beautifully set in Selim’s signature 18 carat rose gold, the contrasts in colours and textures are brought together to create a sense of harmony. These can be worn individually as pendants or, for a tribute to Ottoman luxury (and for extra good fortune, of course), the rings, with their colourful stones, can be stacked together or, equally, with pieces from Selim’s other collection. The Beirut Collection rings would work perfectly, to add some extra texture and shapes.
These are truly sentimental pieces of jewellery, evoking memories of the past, both visually and in the techniques used in their creation. Selim, in his philosophical approach to design, is simultaneously paying respect to his own family’s past in this collection, while still having a contemporary edge.
The Fortune Collection has been featured in Professional Jeweller, Les Précieuses, People Magazine, Adorn, Lookbook, Country and Townhouse, Fashion Editor At Large, The Jewellery Editor and Red Magazine.