British singer Jessie J was seen this week wearing the Egyptian brand Ammanii’s Hand Carved Dome Ring, a Vermeil gold hand-carved ring set with cubic zircon and blue topaz, to represent the evil eye.
Ammanii is headed by Egyptian designer Amany Shaker, who in 2015, did a complete career 360 when she decided to launch her own jewellery line Ammanii, a play on her first name, “from the desire to tell stories and untie women while transcending cultural barriers.”
The “Bang Bang” singer’s public appearance comes shortly after she took to Instagram to announce to her 9.4 million followers that have been diagnosed with Ménière’s disease, a chronic disorder of the inner ear that can lead to dizziness and hearing loss.
She styled the colourful, statement ring with a crystal-infused Area top and belt, ripped denim jeans and heels from Sophia Webster.
AMMANII Jewelry was born from the desire to tell stories and untie women while transcending cultural barriers.
CEO and founder Amany Shaker used her background in global humanitarian work in peace-building and conflict resolution to create timeless pieces that help women understand cultures outside of their own.
Each piece is meticulously handmade in Hong Kong. The jewels are primarily crafted with silver and semi-precious stones, a nod to her native country, where Ancient Egyptians considered silver to be more precious than gold.
Shaker’s handcrafted rings, necklaces and bracelets have been worn by actresses Emma Roberts and Shay Mitchell.
The Cairo and Los Angeles-based label was recently picked up by “Eastwave,” a new virtual pop-up supporting established and emerging designers from the Middle East and North Africa.
The digital and physical platform, which launched in August, features a curated selection of brands spanning from ready-to-wear, accessories and jewellery, including Egyptian handbags label Aliel, Lebanese contemporary womenswear label Jessica K and Dubai-based jewellery brand Bil Arabi, among others.
In addition to offering a platform for Arab talent and shining a spotlight on creatives from the Middle East and North Africa, Eastwave has also helped propel Arab designers into different A-listers’ wardrobes.