Noor Fares creates jewellery with soul. The Lebanese designer is renowned for her colourful modern-day talismans that combine ancient symbolism and contemporary style. A lifelong cultural nomad, Noor incorporates the discoveries she makes in her world travels in her designs. Whether it be the mystical symbolism of Hindu mandalas in India or the intricate geometric patterns found in Middle Eastern architecture, she is inspired by unexpected beauty wherever she goes. Passionate about jewellery and gems from an early age, Noor studied History of Art at Tufts University in Massachusetts before going on to the GIA in London to learn about the world of precious stones. She established her eponymous collection in 2009 and quickly made a name for herself with distinctive designs such as her signature Fly Me to the Moon earrings, whose striking wing motif is hand-carved in a rainbow’s array of materials including wood, mother of pearl and lapis lazuli. She intends for her pieces to become one with the wearer and hopes they will be treasured for the rest of their lives.
“I try to create pieces that are innovative yet timeless,” says Noor, who also has a Masters Degree in jewellery design from Central Saint Martins in London. “I always consider when I’m designing a piece whether someone will want to wear it in years to come.”
Inspired by ancient beliefs in the healing energies of stones and minerals, she communicates their mystical powers in her kaleidoscopic designs, whether it be the sacred geometric patterns of her Akasha collection or the cosmic gems of Navratna.
Today, her collection is carried around the world by leading retailers including Net a Porter, Dover Street Market and Moda Operandi and has been worn by Kate Winslet, Salma Hayek, Naomie Harris and Sienna Miller.