(MENAFN- The Peninsula) By Raynald C Rivera | The Peninsula
DOHA: The 15th Doha Jewellery and Watches Exhibition (DJWE), which opens on Wednesday, will be an exciting edition for the local jewellery industry with the participation of Qatari designers who will be unveiling unique collections and auctioning a number of pieces in partnership with AlBahie Auction House.
'It is my first time to participate in an exhibition and I'm so glad that it's at home. I'm very happy to be launching my collection for the first time in Qatar, Qatari jewellery designer Leila Abu Issa, told reporters recently.
Leila of Leila Issam Fine Jewellery is one of the six designers taking part in the second edition of Young Qatari Designers (YQDs) initiative which provides platform for emerging Qatari talent to shine alongside well-known brands at DJWE.
Commenting on the initiative, she said: 'It is a great privilege and it's extremely good support from their part to be able to give us this opportunity.
At the exhibition, Leila will be showcasing pieces from a few of her collections inspired mainly by nature, including a bespoke set made exclusively for the exhibition and a stunning set of earrings as her auction piece.
'The auction piece is called ‘Shadows' which translates a certain feeling you get when the seasons change and the shadows that go through the garden, which I tried to translate with the diamonds and coloured gems representing light and shadows, she explained.
All proceeds of the auction will go to Education Above All (EAA) foundation — a global movement that contributes to human, social and economic development through the provision of quality education. In line with this, Ghand Jewellery has created an auction piece inspired by education.
'The piece that will be auctioned is called ‘Mihrab' which is inspired by the Qibla wall. The first word in the Holy Quran is ‘iqra' which means ‘read' and since all of the proceeds of the auction will be going to education, the piece is inspired by Mihrab, said Hissa Al Mannai of Ghand Jewellery, who together with her sister Jawaher will be joining YQDs for the first time.
Though she has already participated in other exhibitions, this is the first time Hissa will be taking part in a big exhibition like DJWE where she will be showcasing an assortment of designs.
With all the support she receives through the initiative, Hissa expressed high hopes the exhibition will help her and the brand progress.
Ghada Al Buainain, who is participating in YQDs for the second time, said the initiative has been helpful for young Qatari designers trying to establish themselves in the market.
'It's really effective with all the support that we get. It does help us to get more exposure and to get the people to know us more and get new clients, she said.
'For the auction, I'm going to provide a necklace which is part of my ‘Pipe in Gold' collection which represents the economic state of Qatar from the pre-oil era to the present time, she said, adding she will be launching a new collection called 'Wires inspired by electrical wires in an artistic way.
Nada Al Sulaiti of Hairaat shared the same view that YQDs is without parallel in giving platform to promote local designers, stressing her brand saw unprecedented growth since her participation.
Other YQDs participants include Nouf Al Meer (Nouf Jewellery) and Shikha Mohammad (Alghla Hewellery). Their collections will be showcased along more than 400 international brands at the six-day show at Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre.
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