Azza Fahmy, born in Sohag, Upper Egypt became the first female apprentice to several of the best jewelers in Cairo. After learned the best tips and tricks from the best masters, she quickly becomes an internationally renowned jewellery designer. Now, this formerly “British Designer of the Year”, but always an Egyptian native, Azza Fahmy launched a new collection for winter season, sensitively called Culture Nostalgia Collection.
This new collection which is composed of 28 pieces is a reminiscent celebration of Azza Fahmy’s most unique and finest creations throughout the past decades. For example, the first Azza Fahmy piece was a palm while the first collection was called ‘Houses of the Nile,’ and it has been recreated as ‘Karyaty’ in 2012 Culture Nostalgia collection.
Each piece in the collection truly narrates its very own story, the story from Egyptian poetry, culture, history and traditions.
“I believe that poetry and deep philosophical expressions reflect everything about life, in particular poetry by Kahlil Gibran. I am very passionate about incorporating them within my designs as each piece of jewellery essentially revolves around a central inspirational motif, a poem, a piece of literature, a traditional style, a romantic or spiritual idea or simply a beautiful thought,” said Azza Fahmy in one interview.
Using filigree technique (delicate and intricate ornamental work made from gold, silver, or other fine twisted wire) that is poorly applicable today, Azza Fahmy designed new collection with a variety of Pharaonic, Ottoman, classical, and cultural muses and references, also seen is her previous collection. This occassion, she commented:
“I was born and raised in this country and it has an infinite amount of unexplored rich heritage and deep rooted culture from different civilizations including Pharaonic, Coptic, Ottoman, and many more. The Exclusive Ottoman collection especially was influenced by the Ottoman era, one that is characterized with absolute peacefulness and artistic beauty. Many pieces in the collection are inspired by floral motifs from the Ottoman gardens and geometric interpretation from that time.”
Azza Fahmy’s Culture Nostalgia Collection tells Egyptian fairy tale. Prices for this stunning piece of jewelry range from $150 and go up to $3,990.