UNIQUE JEWELLERY CRAFTED WITH TIMELESS ELEGANCE.
Transcending fashion, each piece is designed to grace and define your most precious moments - today and tomorrow.
The passion of the designer is captured in each individual piece, with the finest gems to ignite and inspire the individuality of today’s cosmopolitan women.
EACH PIECE DRAWS ON CENTURIES-OLD TRADITIONS AND CRAFTSMANSHIP COMBINED WITH THE BEST OF HIGH TECHNOLOGIES TO CREATE BEAUTIFUL STATEMENTS.
Nuun jewellery is the product of pairing Nourah's design vision with the unrivalled skills of the Place Vendôme illustrious ateliers. Each remarkable Nuun design bears witness to a love affair with jewellery, in which the highest quality gems and precious metals are infused with grace. These extraordinary designs illustrate the artistic and technological challenge of bringing Nourah’s poetic designs and inspirations to life. Wearing jewellery designed by Nourah Al Faisal is a statement of everlasting elegance and artistry, a celebration of Nourah’s artistic sensitivity and the workshops’ craftsmanship.
Nourah was still a young girl when she first understood that she had an eye for precious stones and a deep appreciation of the jeweller’s craft.
Growing up between the Middle East and Europe, Nourah’s childhood was different to that of most children. When her little friends and cousins would scamper off to the playground in Kensington Gardens or perhaps to the Guignols puppet show in the Tuileries Gardens, the young Nourah would happily set off with her mother to explore the refined high jewellery shops of Bond Street or the Place Vendôme.Read Full Biography
Growing up between the Middle East and Europe, Nourah’s childhood was different to that of most children. When her little friends and cousins would scamper off to the playground in Kensington Gardens or perhaps to the Guignols puppet show in the Tuileries Gardens, the young Nourah would happily set off with her mother to explore the refined high jewellery shops of Bond Street or the Place Vendôme.[...]
Her mother was an enlightened guide through this refined and dazzling world. “It was my mother who taught me that fine jewelry is art, a form of expression as profound and moving as a painting or sculpture. I really have to thank her and her incredibly refined, elegant taste for showing me how a single stone, cut to perfection, can be more valuable than a huge necklace heaving with lesser gems.”
That precious time with her mother planted the seeds for her future vocation. After graduating in English literature from King Saud University, followed by a brief spell in interior design, Nourah returned to the world of high jewellery. First she undertook an apprenticeship at Georland, a high jewellery workshop in Paris famous among gem aficionados. There she developed her understanding of the demanding craftsmanship required in designing high jewellery.
Soon she began to design one-off pieces for herself. Those creations piqued the interest of her friends and family, and soon the commissions began to roll in. For the next fifteen years, she excelled in her craft, designing high jewellery pieces primarily for brides and weddings. "My private clientele kept on growing through word of mouth, but after so many years working on private commissions for those dear to me, I began to feel the need for a more personal project.”
Her big breakthrough came when Nourah was invited to take part in a small exhibition in a London gallery. The handful of unique pieces that she designed for that occasion proved to be the kernel of a more extensive high jewellery collection, and months later, in the autumn of 2014, Nourah launched Nuun Jewels. "For my first collection, I created 24 unique pieces very much inspired by Nature. I worked in a little studio overlooking my mother’s garden from where I could study the intriguing shapes and forms of insects, orchids, and leaves."
That first collection, which she called Shadow and Light, was made in collaboration with the best high jewellery craftsmen and women. "I knew that the Place Vendôme workshops would be the best people to bring my sketches to life. They are very much 21st-century workshops but steeped in centuries-old traditions, combining computer-aided design, 3-D printing, and amazing hand craftsmanship.” The Orchid bracelet from that first collection is a superb illustration of the artistic and technological challenge of bringing Nourah’s designs from the inspiration of nature to life an art form. It took three stone-setters no less than 20 days to set the 2,278 gems in place on the bracelet. The stem alone, which required a combination of perfect and flexible lightness, in order to lie delicately on the arm, with a real strength to hold the flower head in place, required a full 10 months of research and development to get it absolutely right. "Nuun is a wonderful story of intercultural craftsmanship and creativity.”
Nourah finds her inspiration everywhere, both at home in her garden, and in her many exotic journeys, from the sweeping, graphic dunes of the Arabian Desert to the roaring white horses of a Bali beach, and from Singapore’s Botanic Gardens to the romantic Amalfi Coast in Italy. “Music, nature and architecture are my three main inspirations. I find them everywhere, as much in the Occident and the Orient. I grew up in a very cosmopolitan world, but I have a very strong sense of my roots. There is an incredible creative energy in Saudi Arabia. In architecture or in graphic arts, in fashion or interior design, there is so much happening there. It is very stimulating and I love being part of it.”
Nourah comes from a long line of accomplished and quiet, dedicated and educated worldly women who strongly believe in the importance of giving back to the community. “We were not expected to sit around. I grew up with the idea that I should get involved and work. Many women in my family have shown me the way. I intend to work and develop Nuun in a spirit of excellence and commitment to my team, my clients and my community.“ In May 2016, Nuun opens its first ever boutique in Paris, on the illustrious Faubourg Saint-Honoré.
We believe in fair trade practices, durability, transparency, heritage and excellence, a commitment we share with our suppliers and partners.
Nuun Jewels has partnered with Art of Heritage, a Riyadh-based heritage centre with one of the largest textile collections in the Gulf region, to design and produce a series of hand-embroidered pouches for our Banajir collection.Read More
Art of Heritage aims to preserve local arts and crafts. The centre keeps regional heritage alive by training women in need in various traditional crafts to create beautiful handmade pieces based on its collection of textile and artefacts. In doing so, the women are empowered to earn a living.
Nuun is also very keen to support creativity in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf region. As of September 2016, the boutique will exhibit art works by local and regional artists giving them a unique opportunity to show their talent.
Nuun relies on ethically sourced gemstones, to the best of our knowledge. With Opalinda, for instance, we share the same vision of durability and respect for both nature and local communities.
Opalinda sources opals from the Wollo Province, Ethiopia. Its team works closely with local communities, to ensure safer working conditions and committing to working with their cooperatives.