This November, Azza Fahmy Jewellery is bringing you a manifestation of Arab talent through ‘The Golden Age of Arab Songs’.
This nine-piece collection is an infusion of silver, gold, sapphires, champagne diamonds, and precious stones, with calligraphy from the golden era of Arab music. It sheds light on some of the most iconic artists in the Middle East, whether poets, composers, or singers, as their names are inscribed on each piece; the collection highlights the lyrical and melodic originality of the Arab world.
Each piece is a statement on its own, especially this 18kt Gold and Sterling Silver necklace adorned with calligraphy that reads: “انا قلبي دليلي قال لي هتحبي دايماً يحكيلي و بصدق قلبي” which translates to: “My heart is my guide, told me I will love, always keeps telling me, and I believe my heart”, words by Abo El Seoud El Ebiary, sung by Laila Murad and composed by Mohamed El Qasabgi.
The song was made for the eponymous film “Ana Qalby Dalily”. Laila Murad starred alongside her husband Anwar Wagdi in the film, which was directed also by him. The song symbolizes an iconic moment in Arab music history.
The highlight of the collection is this classic, intricate piece inspired by the Kremlin. It has a specific mechanism that when you pull from the sides, the necklace pulls up. Fahmy was inspired to do this mechanism while visiting the Lalounis Jewelry Museum in Greece. It includes charms and different chains, including Roman and Iraqi chains.
The calligraphy reads: “خايف اقول اللي في قلبي” which translates to: “I’m afraid to say what’s in my heart”, words by Ahmed Abdel Meguid – sung and composed by Mohammed Abdel Wahab, who laid the foundation for a new era of Egyptian music with his use of rhythms and oud playing. The song reflects on a silent moment, the moment when a lover thinks of confessing to his beloved. Abdelwahab wrote the words with the intention of them singing, and not just read as poetry. It was then recorded with the voice of Abdel Halim Hafez on the oud, and then a more modern recording of Fairouz was released by the Rahbani Brothers.