I was introduced to meditation on May of 2008 as I was taking the Basic Pranic Healing Course with May Al Najjar. It was difficult for me at first to understand the concept of silencing my mind and floating in the universe, and me being a person that does not accept failing at something I put my “mind” into, I was concentrating so much on loosening up that meditating was challenging for me for quite a while. But I was on a path, and there was nowhere to go but up, at my own pace.
Spirituality has changes the way I perceive life. It has opened my eyes (all three of them) to new worlds, infinite worlds but most importantly, it altered my understanding of LOVE.
In this collection, I celebrate a state of love called ISHQ and I celebrate it with a spinning dervish channeling the love that is God, longing for it to be his in a poem by Jalalludin Rumi.
This poem touched me so deeply as I was away on a small getaway in solitude in beautiful Goa. I was staying at the Grand Hyatt and did not plan on leaving the hotel for a while, and I did not have to. I spent most of my days by the pool, with my Rumi book and laptop soaking up the beautiful sun and enjoying delicious south Indian seafood. By then, I had practiced meditation and I can’t express enough how magical it is when you are in a state of love.
The ‘ISHQ” Collection is inspired by my trip of solitude in Goa, with love, under the sun. Rumi had written this poem for Shams of Tebriz (Shams being the name of the Sun in Arabic) and this is where the inspiration of the geometry of the collection came from. It is a prayer calling for love to be yours.
Oh that love, Oh that love may it be ours my Lord..
Oh how beautiful, oh how magnificent, oh how ingenious it is my Lord..
In Sufism, the love for the divine is expressed with such poetry and infatuation that it becomes unclear to the reader if it is told for the love of the Supreme Being or to a Human Being, a beautiful celebration of the divinity within all humans and the eternal love that is the divine. I would like to think that the 100th name of Allah in Islam is “HOB”, LOVE. It is with his love we are created, and it is with his love we shall live. Unconditionally.
The “ISHQ” Collection is a celebration of love in 18 Kt Gold, with Brilliant White Diamonds and Red Burmese Rubies. It is the first attempt of using Enamel in my designs, and I think the colors are a great way of making the pieces fun and playful, after all, shouldn’t love be fun and playful?
The Transforming Earrings (above) are the first piece I designed from that collection, they are the statement earrings that can be taken apart and worn as a necklace (the 18kt Gold Chain is included) and a smaller pair of earrings.