Joanna Dahdah to make London Jewellery Week debut

A coral ring from Joanna Dahdah's debut collection, all of which was handmade in Lebanon.

St Martin’s graduate to show first collection at Treasure.

Recent St Martin’s graduate Joanna Dahdah will present her first collection at Treasure during London Jewellery Week in June.

Dahdah’s debut collection, which has been handmade in the designer’s home country of Lebanon, is inspired by the poetic interaction of diverse shapes, colors and textures in Gustav Klimt’s panting The Kiss. Klimt’s primary subject was the female body and his works are marked by a frank eroticism and Dahdah explores various assortments of circles and squares highlighted by a warm and glowing color palette in an attempt to recreate the sensuality and richness conveyed by the painting, incorporating silver with synthetic malaquite, lapis, coral and onyx.

Dahdah studied jewellery design at Central St Martin’s College in London, where she has been living for the past five years and has also undertaken a gemology course at the GIA in London. In 2009, she completed an internship with Swarovski after winning a Trends Forecasting Award sponsored by the crystal company.

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London Jewellery Week will take place from June 7 to 13 at locations around the city, including selling show Treasure which this year will be hosted from June 11 to 13 in Bloomsbury.

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