Refined jewelry line reflects beauty of traditional Egyptian doorways

The jewelry brand is inspired by traditional Egyptian architecture. (Supplied)
Updated 02 September 2019

Refined jewelry line reflects beauty of traditional Egyptian doorways

LONDON: Inspired by traditional Egyptian architecture from the 1930s, jewelry designer Doaa Mohsen showed off her latest collection at an exclusive event in London on Thursday, treating the well-heeled crowed to a showcase of her unique pieces.

Dubbed The Roshan Collection, the new line draws inspiration from the geometric lattice work of traditional Mashrabiya doorways — stained glass plates held together between delicately carved wooden doorways that were common elements of Egyptian architecture in the 1930s and earlier.

“It protects the women, people cannot see in from the outside, but light and air can come in. It’s like protecting precious gems,” Mohsen, whose brand is called Dalseen Jewelry, told Arab News.

Doaa Mohsen's latest collection is dubbed The Roshan Collection. (Supplied)

The collection is marked by delicate lattice work in 18 karat gold — one of the designer’s favorite materials to work with — and features tiny diamonds at the intersections. Bracelets, pendants and statement-making rings make up the new collection.

The Egyptian designer drew inspiration from her home country, but her path to success has been an international one.

Doaa Mohsen spoke about her new collection at The Luxury Network event. (Supplied)

“I started four or five years ago and the thing is I always liked jewelry but I never thought of it as a business or a career or anything,” she said. “One day I was working on something — I always designed my own stuff — and my jeweler told me, ‘Why don’t you go and study and become a jewelry designer… in London or San Francisco?’”

Due to her young children and responsibilities, the idea never got off the ground, but a few years later, things converged to make it all possible.

“After a couple of years, we moved to London as a family and this is when I started taking my courses, I opened my own company. Then we moved back to Egypt and I started producing.”

Guests gathered as The Luxury Network hosted a showcase of Dalseen Jewelry's new line. (Supplied) 

Mohsen sources all her own gems, flying to conventions in Zurich and around the world to handpick the precious stones before heading back to Egypt where her workshop is based.

“I usually work with 18 karat gold and the highest quality of diamonds and I work with lots of stones. I’m in love with opals — they come in so many different shapes, sizes and colors,” she said.

“I work with different types of stones, not the typical or standard (stones) and I like different shapes, not the standard ones. I’m looking for uniqueness,” Mohen added. 

A day in Elton John’s life: Buy Rolls, write hit song, dine with Ringo

Updated 19 October 2019

A day in Elton John’s life: Buy Rolls, write hit song, dine with Ringo

  • Diary entries helped jog Elton John’s memories from his 50-year career
  • ‘Even when I was doing a lot of drugs, I still carried on playing music’

LONDON: When Elton John was working on his new autobiography, the legendary singer, songwriter and performer pulled out diaries he had been encouraged to write during a stint in rehab.
One entry read like this: “Got up, tidied the house, bought a Rolls Royce, had dinner, wrote ‘Candle in the Wind,’ had dinner with Ringo Starr,” the musician said. “That was one day.”
John, 72, spoke in a video interview provided to Reuters by his publisher, Henry Holt & Co., to promote the release of his book, which is titled simply “Me.”
The diary entries helped jog John’s memories from his 50-year career filled with hit records, Grammy awards and royal friendships but also addiction and a suicide attempt two days before a show at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.
“I wanted to show the tough ride of being a successful artist, and how I went through tough times, and how I came out at the end and got my life together,” John said. “It’s the story of my life up to the present day, warts and all.”
In the book, the “Crocodile Rock” singer revealed recent health scares including a near-fatal infection and a serious bout with appendicitis. “I did like 10 or 11 shows, 24 flights, with a burst appendix,” he said.
John is currently in the middle of a lengthy “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” world tour that will bring his touring career to an end. In the interview, he said performing on stage “just never gets old.”
“I never go on stage late,” he said. “I just love to get out there and I’m raring to go.”
“Even when I was doing a lot of drugs, I still carried on playing music,” he added. “It’s been my touchstone of my whole life.”
A highlight, John said, came in 1975 when John Lennon joined him to perform three songs at Madison Square Garden. It was Lennon’s first appearance on stage in New York since the Beatles played Shea Stadium.
Lennon was so nervous that he vomited before the performance, John said. “He came out to probably the most touching ovation I’ve ever heard,” John said. “We all shed a tear on stage.”
John said he is not sure what his future holds but he is still writing songs.
“I don’t know what’s next and I don’t want to know what’s next,” he said. “I’m just ready for the next chapter.”