Sunday, June 28, 2015

ALDA CHAHINE | ALDA C

Sterling Silver Dipped in 22K Gold
BO Inta Omri Earrings with Amethyst
Known for its handicrafts like textiles and ceramics, Beirut, Lebanon is also a city bustling with commercial and educational sites.  

The Beirut National Museum and the dazzling Rafik Hariri Mosque are two examples that highlight the city’s dedication to historical information, and beautiful architecture.

Lebanon is also home to featured jewelry designer Alda Chahine.

I really enjoy exploring jewelry collections highlighting a wide range of styles.

I enjoy seeing a jeweler transition from an ethereal wire work design to a lithe, sculptural metal piece.  Chahine’s online gallery exemplifies this kind of range. 

Working with gold vermeil and luminous semi-precious gemstones like red serpentine, amazonite, and amethyst Chahine creates drop earrings, cuff bracelets and cocktail rings with warmth and movement.

Curvaceous lines cradle gemstones; metal drapes like silk ribbons; and winding metallic lines develop webs that hold a sprinkle of gemstones.  Her aesthetic is at once haute, sexy, and sculptural; eye-catching, powerful pieces that make a statement.
Sterling Silver Gold Plated BA M Ring
In fact these robust, handmade jewelry creations are fit for a beauty queen!  During the Q&A segment for the 2014 Miss World Pageant first runner-up Edina Kulcsar, Miss Hungary, wore the brand’s BO Tango Earrings.  Chahine brings a wealth of creative outlets to her fashionable yet eclectic brand, and loves jewelry “with solid presence.”

“My life is crafted by a passion for nature and art.  Harmony and beauty is something I had an intense interest in.  I studied architecture, political science, painting and ballet.  These elements come together in my jewelry.  They give my designs its signature quality,” says the native of Beirut. 

“The essence of each piece is a poetic celebration of curves, femininity and modern elegance.  They seem to dance with dynamism; inviting the senses to journey into glamour.  I believe my jewelry is a hymn to women with personality.”
Gold Plated Sterling Silver CO Necklace with Tanzanite

2015 Jewelry Trend Alert: Statement necklaces and yellow gold abound in Chahine’s opulent gold vermeil jewelry, which aligns her aesthetic with what is hot this year. 
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