Selim Mouzannar

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Selim Mouzannar
BornFebruary 5, 1963 (1963-02-05) (age 58)
Beirut, Lebanon

Selim Mouzannar (born February 5, 1963) is a French-Lebanese jeweler and civic activist. He is the founder and CEO of Selim Mouzannar, his eponymous jewellery house and artisanal manufacturing corporation based in Beirut, Lebanon.

Biography[edit]

Selim Mouzannar

Scion of a family of renowned craftsman originally from Damascus, Mouzannar was shaped by training at his father's jewelry shop in Beirut's old souks during the heyday of Lebanon's cosmopolitan makeup.

In 1980, Mouzannar left Lebanon in the midst of the Lebanese civil war and went to study in Paris, France. He graduated with a degree in mineralogy and gemology in 1983, coupled with an internship in the Diamonds’ market in Antwerp, Belgium.

From 1984, Mouzannar worked as a production and purchasing manager for a renowned jeweler based in Saudi Arabia. In 1989, he moved to Bangkok, Thailand, managing an international workshop. In the late 1980s, he spent 6 months at the Thai-Cambodian border working in a Ruby mine before deciding to leave the Far-East.

In 1990, Mouzannar headed back to Paris, France where he acquired additional mineralogy expertise from Institut National de Gemmologie. He returned to Beirut, Lebanon in 1993 to establish his own jewelry brand, Maison Selim Mouzannar.[1][2] Mouzannar opened his workshop followed by his flagship store 5 years later in Beirut.[3][4]

Following the 2006 war over Lebanon, Mouzannar launched a new strategy in order to expand his brand internationally and participated in worldwide exhibitions.[5]

In 2012, he received a certification in Jewelry Design from the GIA Gemological Institute of America, followed by a certificate from the École supérieure des affaires (Beirut) Lebanon) in Marketing De Luxe in 2014.

Mouzannar is known for his crafting technique, known as 'Falamenk' ("Flemish" in Arabic), which combines rose-cut diamonds, with silver-bottomed bezel settings.[6]

Several celebrities have been seen and featured wearing jewels designed by Selim Mouzannar, such as pop star Rihanna,[7] actress Gwyneth Paltrow,[8] Emma Stone at the opening of the Venice Film Festival in 2016,[9] Jennifer Lawrence when promoting her movie Passenger in Seoul in December 2016.,[10] French actress Isabelle Adjani during a visit in Beirut in 2017,[11] and Star Wars's new trilogy vedette Daisy Riddley on the movie promo tour in December 2017.[12]

In 2016, Mouzannar created the 'Amal' Necklace, composed of emeralds of varying sizes and reflections. Amal won the "Best in Colored Gemstones" category of the Couture Award in Las Vegas,[13] and was named as one of "30 breathtaking jewels" by Forbes for the year 2016.[14]

Achievements[edit]

Selim Mouzannar in 2012

2010, Mouzannar is amongst five Middle East jewelry designers who featured at a Christie's auction.[15]

2011, Selim is nominated as one of the best 5 jewelry designers of the year by Elle Style Awards during a ceremony held in Istanbul, Turkey.[16]

2012, Selim is designated as one of the best 10 designers for the ‘Great Designers’ award by the World Gold Council.[17]

2014, Mouzannar is designated amongst the 30 Lebanese who emerged and influenced Lebanon in 2014.[18]

2016, Mouzannar's necklace 'Amal' was named as one of "30 breathtaking jewels" by Forbes for the year 2016.[19]

Awards[edit]

2016, Mouzannar wins the "Best in Colored Gemstones" category of the Couture Award in Las Vegas for his "Amal" Necklace.[20] "Amal" (which means hope in Arabic)[13] stages 47 emeralds from the Colombian mine of Muzo, crimped on hexagonal bases, among which are placed 8 trapiche emeralds.[21]

Community[edit]

As a member of the Executive Committee of Achrafieh2020, a citizen-led environmental initiative to reinvent Beirut's historic neighborhood of Ashrafieh as a sustainable and livable space,[22] and as a joint founder of Right to Nonviolence, a NGO based in Beirut, focused on legal activism and advocacy,[23] Mouzannar developed his involvement in the community as an extension of his profession.

Mouzannar was involved in the nonviolent Cedar Revolution of 2005 that forced the departure of the Syrian military from Lebanon.[24]

A profile in the International Herald Tribune headlined ‘Translating violence into wearable beauty’ pointed to the cross-culture of Mouzannar's collection.[25]

Collections[edit]

- Beirut, Beirut Art Déco, Beirut Key - Heritage, Fortune, Kastak - Istanbul - Mille et une Nuits - Link - Mediterraneo, Hydra, Sunset, Plage de Galets - Moon, Terra - S Basilisk - Transparence

Boutique / Points of Sales[edit]

  • Selim Mouzannar, Ashrafieh, Beirut, Lebanon [26]
  • Le Bon Marche, Paris, France[27]
  • By Marie, Paris or Marseilles, France[28]
  • Annoushka at Harrod's, London, United Kingdom[29]
  • MatchesFashion.com [30]
  • Dover Street Market London, United Kingdom and Dover Street Market New York, United States of America
  • Crans Prestige, Geneva, Switzerland
  • BonGenie Grieder, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Midnight Express, Istanbul, Turkey[31]
  • Boom & Mellow, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Al Tayer, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • YLang 23, Dallas, United States of America[32]
  • Bergdorf Goodman, New York, United States of America[33]
  • NetaPorter.com [34]
  • Jeffrey's, New York, United States of America
  • Elyse Walker, Newport Beach or Pacific Palisades, Californie, United States of America
  • Broken English, New York, United States of America [35]
  • Neyleen Fine Jewellery, Casablanca, Maroc [36]
  • Burato Gioeilli, Venice, Italy
  • Tayloe Piggott Gallery, Jackson, WY [37]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Métiers d'art, Métiers de luxe: Joaillier, Selim Mouzannar
  2. ^ King of Diamonds.
  3. ^ Un caractère unique.
  4. ^ Le Beyrouth des arts.
  5. ^ Lebanese Jewellery Designers Are Making Waves.
  6. ^ Rysman, Laura (2016-11-20). "In Lebanon, a Jeweler Modernizes a 19th Century Setting". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-02-08.
  7. ^ ""Rihanna ama Selim Mouzannar"]". Archived from the original on 2015-07-24. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ Gwyneth Paltrow e Mouzannar Archived 2015-07-24 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ "Emma Stone Leans Into a New Ladylike Look for Fall - Vogue". Vogue. Retrieved 2017-02-08.
  10. ^ "Every Outfit Jennifer Lawrence Wore on Passengers' Press Tour". Us Weekly. Retrieved 2017-02-08.
  11. ^ [1]
  12. ^ https://www.glamour.com/gallery/daisy-ridley-star-wars-references-red-carpet
  13. ^ a b [2]
  14. ^ DeMarco, Anthony. "30 Breathtaking Jewels For 2016". Forbes. Retrieved 2017-02-08.
  15. ^ Creativity and Innovation: Contemporary Jewellers of the Middle East.
  16. ^ Selim Mouzannar’s Ode to Istanbul Archived 2013-08-28 at the Wayback Machine.
  17. ^ The National Jeweler
  18. ^ les-30-libanais-qui-ont-defait-2014.html.
  19. ^ DeMarco, Anthony. "30 Breathtaking Jewels For 2016". Forbes. Retrieved 2017-02-08.
  20. ^ [3].
  21. ^ [4]
  22. ^ Member of the Executive Committee of Achrafieh 2020 Archived 2015-02-10 at the Wayback Machine.
  23. ^ Co-founder and member of the administrative board of the NGO Right to Non-Violence.
  24. ^ Young, Michael (2010). The ghosts of Martyrs Square: an eyewitness account of Lebanon's life struggle (1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed.). New York: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 9781416598626.
  25. ^ Translating Violence Into Beauty.
  26. ^ Selim Mouzannar.
  27. ^ Le Bon Marche.
  28. ^ https://www.bymarie.com/marques/selim-mouzannar.html#.
  29. ^ Annoushka.
  30. ^ [5].
  31. ^ Midnight Express.
  32. ^ [6].
  33. ^ [7].
  34. ^ https://www.net-a-porter.com/us/en/Shop/Designers/Selim_Mouzannar?pn=1&npp=60&image_view=product&dScroll=0.
  35. ^ https://brokenenglishjewelry.com/collections/selim-mouzannar.
  36. ^ http://www.neyleen.com/selim-mouzannar/.
  37. ^ https://tayloepiggottjewelry.com/collections/selim-mouzannar.

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