Until 12 months ago, any serious jewellery buyer in the Middle East was presented with the usual choices - Cartier, Chopard, Boucheron et al. A portfolio not to be sniffed at, of course, but young fashion-forward Kuwaiti collectors (typically armed with a generous budget) may not have been satisfied with wearing the same pieces as their older generations. Gladly filling this gap is Octium, a one-stop jewellery boutique founded by husband and wife team Fahad Al Hajiri and Alanood Al Sabah.
The boutique has proved a huge success, stocked with pieces sourced from the couple's world-wide travels, amongst them familiar London names Shaun Leane and Hannah Martin, and Valencian jeweller
Vicente Gracia.
To celebrate, three days of dinners and parties (and camel rides at their beach house) were laid on for the couple's favourite clients, and proved a timely opportunity for a preview of their own line collection.
Based on the store's signature octagonal symbol, the debut collection is composed of this insignia set in various ways. Bracelets and rings successfully use the symbol in repetition - crazy paving to form bracelets, inter-linked like the petals of a flower to form rings, plus a 'haute joaillerie'‚ one-off statement necklace.
All are crafted in pink gold with a restrained use of diamonds and pearls, and are suitably graphic to hint at Alanood's former training as an architect.
Due for release in February of next year, and with plans to distribute internationally after an exclusive Kuwait launch, it's a strong statement of intent from Octium, and an indication they won't remain solely in the Middle East for long.