Fashion & Beauty

Sharon Khazzam: A Love Affair with Gemstones

We love the brooches in your collection. Why do you think they are so timeless?
My brooches are statement pieces, which allow the wearer to be whimsical or serious, depending on the placement or pairing of the piece. I also frequently create pieces with the idea of versatility in mind, so more often than not, the brooch may convert to a necklace or other type of jewellery.

 

What is the best jewelry gift you’ve received ?
The best piece I ever received was a fake ring from a woman in New York who was homeless and on the streets. I was speaking with her for some time, and as I left, I found her chasing after me whilst pulling this ring off her finger, saying she really wanted me to have it. I still look at it every day – it is on my inspiration board wall in my studio. It was her most precious belonging — she had nothing! She would not let me leave without it — I was so touched.

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What books are you reading? What is the hottest new jewelry book?
I just finished re-reading Ernest Hemingway’s Garden of Eden, which I loved, again. I read a lot of different genres of books this summer, which I enjoyed, from Clementine: The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill by Sonia Purnell to Edward Rutherford’s Paris and New York. I think the Suzanne Belperron book (Jewelry by Suzanne Belperron: My Style is My Signature) is quite fabulous—she was a most incredible lady!

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What exciting projects are you working on this Fall?
I just embarked on a new concept together with Barneys, the first of the series will be launched this Saturday at their Madison Avenue flagship store. It is the launch of a bespoke business, where I will be working with clients to create custom hand-crafted pieces. Each piece will be one-of –a-kind (as the case with my entire collection), to the client’s specifications and accompanied with the sketch. The events will be held in private rooms in the specific Barneys locations, in an intimate salon-like setting.

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