Jewellery designer Dina Maghawry says that since she was a kid she’s loved working with her hands. After working in the fashion section of Enigma from 2000-2003, with Azza Fahmy as a huge inspiration, Dina then made the jump from hobby to profession.
Ahram Online:Riding the gold wave with the heavy use of yellow copper, an obvious question then, is: what materials do you use?
Dina Maghawry: Copper for ready-to-sell pieces, however, I make pieces in gold by special order. I never work in silver-plated because it changes tone, while copper tends to keep it’s colour and gold-tones are really in demand now: everyone wants to wear it.
AO: What’s your price range and what’s the median?
DM:From LE150 – LE4,000, although most of my pieces are, LE800, or maybe LE800 - LE1500.
AO: Why did you re-open now?
DM: [She laughs] I was meant to open right after closing the first time, and then the revolution happened. It was just never a good time, and finally everything came together.
One jewellery collection, Al Fallaha celebrates the Egyptian woman of the countryside, with gold-toned copper pieces dangling from a medium-sized piece of semi-precious stone.
Another collection, El Gamar Buba relies heavily on yellow-toned plated copper coin-shaped decorate a main piece, which is usually a crescent. In this collection she visibly merges the gypsy nomadic culture, where they wore their wealth with Islamic symbols and accents them with a small stone.
Objet D’Art shows off flowery designs in bright enamels to match with the bright colours of the season: lime green, sky blues and neon yellows.
Maghawry also has an antique-style line, tellingly called Patina, and an Egyptian pride line.
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