Legacy Collection by Omar Shariff Jr
In collaboration with actor, model, author and gay activist Omar Sharif Jr., Knauf Jewels today announce the launch of a new collection available immediately on the designer’s website. The new collection pays homage to Sharif’s iconic grandparents, Egyptian actors Omar Sharif and Faten Hamama.
Omar Sharif won international acclaim for roles in Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago and Funny Girl, among dozens of other films. Faten Hamama, known as “The First Lady of Egyptian and Arabic Cinema”, won the hearts of moviegoers as a child and became Egypt’s most iconic leading lady – even before her husband Omar Sharif was able to celebrate international success. Her tireless commitment to progressive rights and values – and a changed image of women in Egyptian society – still bears witness to her courage, inner strength, and far-sightedness.
"I’m delighted to partner with Knauf Jewels, who create magnificent one-of-a-kind pieces that tell unique stories. Like storytelling, jewellery is something uniquely personal, underlining a person's individual beauty, style and values."
Omar Shariff Jr
Opal & Jade Collection
The Legacy Collection celebrates this Golden Era of Egyptian cinema, capturing the promising abundance and elegance of the time. Jade and opals take centre stage in the designs as these two gemstones perfectly capture what screen legends Omar Sharif and Faten Hamama stood for: opals symbolizing harmony and joie de vivre, while jade has been a symbol of love and friendship for millennia and revered as a stone of inner peace. Jade is also the protective stone for women and is traditionally given as a gift.
“Leafing through Omar Jr.’s old family photos, I was immediately blown away by Omar and Faten’s elegance and grace. The sparkling pieces of jewellery immediately caught my eye, even on the black-and-white photographs,” said Nathalie Knauf.