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Jordanian jeweler flashes into international spotlight

In an interview with Al-Monitor, Jordanian jewelry artist Lama Hourani opens up about her childhood and her path toward designing world-inspired pieces.

An established trendsetter who has headlined fashion magazines worldwide, Jordanian jewelry designer Lama Hourani is elevating Arabic heritage into high-society niches of eclectic, chic and well-traveled clients.

In the 36-year-old designer’s work, notes of desert architecture and prehistoric art flirt with Peruvian Inca symbols — like the snake, which represents truth, insight, fertility, and the condor, a bird of peace — and Masai colors borrowed from garments of African tribesman. Her style is not easy to pin down, but this is part of what is making her an international phenomenon.

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