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Noor Fares’s Brilliant Future

The Lebanese jewelry designer shares her life long obsession with stones.


Photographs: Katja Rahlwes Stylist: Gianluca Longo

Raven-haired 29-year-old Noor Fares, whose father was once the deputy prime minister of Lebanon, was born and raised in Paris. She’s been making jewelry for as long as she can remember. “I did it for myself and for my mother,” she says. “It’s part of the culture in Lebanon—to make or change your own pieces.” After studying at the GIA, she started her line in 2009, with a small collection she called Touch Wood, which combined diamonds with ebony. Harrods and Browns quickly placed orders, but soon Fares felt she needed more specialized training to do justice to her ideas, so last year she completed a master’s in jewelry design at Central Saint Martins. Her latest pieces are both innovative and elegant. Claspless chains flow through gold tubes; crystals contain bubbles that look like optical illusions; and a blue moonstone moves freely in its setting. “Jewelry has a talismanic quality,” Fares says. “Since prehistoric times, it has been used for fertility, marriage, and protection. You look at a gem, and you think of treasure chests and magic powers. You keep it safe. You pass it down from generation to generation.”

Bling Ring

Sabine Ghanem Ghanem wears a Simone Rocha dress and Sabine G. rings, ear cuff, necklace, and bracelets.

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Photographs: Katja Rahlwes Stylist: Gianluca Longo

Bianca Brandolini d’Adda Brandolini d’Adda wears a Giambattista Valli top and Bianca Brandolini for Amsterdam Sauer earrings, necklaces, and ring.

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Photographs: Katja Rahlwes Stylist: Gianluca Longo

Noor Fares Fares wears a Giamba top and Noor Fares earpiece, rings, and necklaces.

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Photographs: Katja Rahlwes Stylist: Gianluca Longo

Eugenie Niarchos Niarchos wears a Valentino jumpsuit and Venyx necklace, rings, and cuffs.

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Photographs: Katja Rahlwes Stylist: Gianluca Longo

Fernando Jorge Petra Palumbo, photographed with Jorge, wears an Alberta Ferretti gown and Fernando Jorge earrings and rings.

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Hair by Mari Ohashi at LGA Management; makeup by Lucy Burt for Mac; manicures by Pebbles for Ciate. Digital technician: Rebecca Lievre. Photography assistant: Virgile Biechy.

Photographs: Katja Rahlwes Stylist: Gianluca Longo
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Hair by Mari Ohashi at LGA Management; makeup by Lucy Burt for Mac; manicures by Pebbles for Ciate. Digital technician: Rebecca Lievre. Photography assistant: Virgile Biechy.