By David Brough
Her Highness Sheikha Sana Al Maktoum, a jewellery designer and GIA-trained gemmologist, who is inspired by strong women, notably her grandmother, the late Sheikha Sana, is preparing to launch her first “pop-up” event in collaboration with Christie’s Dubai.
Christie’s gallery in DIFC will exhibit Sheikha Sana’s “My Treasure” collection – a selection of 13 unique jewellery pieces, open for the first time for public viewing, by appointment, in collaboration with Christie’s, from May 5-12, 2021.
“I was raised by strong women. My grandmother was a really strong woman – she was a businesswoman in Dubai in the 1960s. She was the inspiration for this collection,” Sheikha Sana, founder of Sana Al Maktoum Fine Jewellery, told Jewellery Outlook’s Editor David Brough in an interview via Zoom.
Sheikha Sana spoke about how her love for jewellery had developed.
“I have always been into jewels. As little girls our family would dress us in necklaces and bracelets. We are used to being decked out in jewellery!” she said.
“My grandmother was an avid collector of jewellery. I am very artistic – and I love business. I love how business can allow you to be independent. I want the collection to be about empowering women.”
Sheikha Sana’s grandmother was the muse for her signature butterflies, which feature so prominently in her “My Treasure” collection.
Some butterflies are captured at rest, while others quiver on the wearer, using the “en tremblant” technique.
The pieces from the collection feature ethically sourced diamonds, alongside pink, yellow, or blue sapphires, and encased in 18-carat white gold, yellow gold, or rose gold and carry the “Sana Al Maktoum” signature, enabling the buyer to own a piece of royalty.
Whether it’s the Soulmate ring or the Treasure choker, the “My Treasure” collection offers a series of earrings, rings, bracelets, and necklaces featuring butterflies.
The collection is versatile and can be easily paired or combined with other pieces from the collection or the wearer’s personal jewellery to create an individual style.
New is the possibility to place bespoke orders for anything one wishes for designed by Sheikha Sana herself through her atelier.
During the exhibition at Christie’s, visitors receive the opportunity to have a first look at the limited edition “Treasure” choker – with the opportunity to own one of only 10 pieces in the world.