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Noor Fares, wearing a Maison Rabih Kayrouz dress; Noor Fares wing earrings, necklaces, bangle (left wrist), and ring; her own stud earrings, bracelets, and rings (left hand, ring finger), 
at home in London, in front of Luca Missoni’s Moon, 2008.

Photographs by Rahel Weiss, Styled by Gianluca Longo, Hair by Johanna Cree Brown; makeup by Kristina Ralph for Saint Luke artists; fashion assistant: Amy Hanson

Home Work When the Lebanese jewelry designer Noor Fares takes a trip—which she does at least once a month for work, often tacking on a couple of days for pleasure—she rarely comes back empty-handed. Among the accumulated knickknacks that fill her London home is a collection of saucer-eye Blythe dolls—“trolls,” she corrects—brought back from Japan. “My husband has just gotten used to them,” she says with a laugh. Fares and the artist Alexandre Al Khawam, who were married in a lavish wedding last summer in Normandy, France, moved into a cozy house on a quiet, cobblestone street in Belgravia this past February. “It was our first place together, and we were excited to do it ourselves,” says Fares, who also has a glossy, modernist apartment designed by Rafael de Cárdenas in midtown Manhattan. Trolls aside, the couple tend to agree on everything. They are both drawn to color and craft and like to mix Asiatic and Middle Eastern elements with midcentury and contemporary pieces. The dining room, for instance, where they entertain friends with home-cooked Lebanese and Indian food, features a Piet Hein Eek table made from a patchwork of reclaimed wood, a 2007 portrait of Fares painted by the artist and family friend Francesco Clemente, and myriad objets, many embedded with spiritual motifs. “We had so much fun making mood boards and combining everything we love.”

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Her Piet Hein Eek dining table.

Photographs by Rahel Weiss, Styled by Gianluca Longo

A Style of One’s Own Fares was born and raised in Paris. Her mother, Hala, is an artist and fashion eccentric, known for wearing mismatched shoes; her father, Issam, is a financier and former deputy prime minister of Lebanon. From an early age, Fares was drawn to jewelry. “Since I was a child, I’ve believed that gemstones have magical powers,” she explains. After studying at the London branch of the Gemological Institute of America, she started designing in 2010, but two years later, eager for more technical training, enrolled at Central Saint Martins, where she earned a master’s degree. Perhaps her own best model, Fares likes to layer her jewelry, adding in assorted antique and costume pieces. Her haute-bohemian wardrobe is equally eclectic: Embroidered caftans from North India, velvet and silk Tang jackets, and woven Wayuu mochila bags from Colombia are mixed with designer pieces by Gucci (“my obsession of the moment”), Missoni, Mary Katrantzou, and Azzedine Alaïa. “I always play with textures and colors. I don’t really have rules.”

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Fares, in her living room, wearing a Bottega Veneta dress; Noor Fares earrings, necklace, and rings; Bottega Veneta belt; Pierre Hardy platforms; her own stud earrings, ring (left hand, middle finger), and bracelets.

Photographs by Rahel Weiss, Styled by Gianluca Longo

The Meaning of Things Fares’s fascination with prehistoric symbols, which began while she was an art ­history major at Tufts University, in Boston, is evident in her jewelry. Her latest collection, called Akasha—a Sanskrit word for “sky”—draws inspiration from Sri Yantra (a symbol of ­balance) and the Flower of Life (a symbol of creation), both of which were used by ancient Egyptian and Mayan civilizations. “It’s fascinating to see how disparate cultures ultimately came up with the same sacred patterns,” says Fares, who has translated them into geometric pendants, earrings, and chokers, set with colorful gemstones. The striking collection, she says, is a celebration of the infinite cycle of life. “I like when something is beautiful but also has a deeper meaning.”

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