Sublime art-inspired jewellery in Kuwait

A top jewellery blogger extols the glories of a cultural-salon-cum-gem-boutique

Image: Courtesy of Octium, Kuwait

Of myfavourite jewellery boutiques around the world, Octium in Kuwait comes high inthe top 10. Little can better the retail experience it offers, which seesjewellery showcased in a modern, über-luxe environment that feels more like a culturalsalon than a shop.

Image: Courtesy of Octium, Kuwait

Renownedfor its strong design aesthetic, Octium isan emporium of exquisite jewellery, including a carefully handpicked and curated range of pieces from leading global brands, together withcollections designed by co-founder and creativedirector Alanood Al Sabah. Called Series 1 and Series 2, Alanood’scollections feature the number eight prominently – either as a slanted andskewed octagonal outline on its own, or in clustered formations. The reason, asshe explains, is that “eight has been a prominent numberto me all my life. I was born on August 8 and I have a sentimental attachmentto anything related to the number. It is also widely considered a lucky numberand a symbol of prosperity in many cultures.”

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A member of the Kuwaiti royal family with a background in architecture, she wanted to create an art gallery for her jewels. Working alongside her husband,Fahad Al Hajiri (Octium’s CEO), she asked leading Spanish designer/artist JaimeHayón to realise her vision. Having already worked with clients such asBaccarat and Fabergé, Hayón created a striking showcase that draws inspiration from the art-nouveau and art-deco eras and blurs the boundaries between art,decoration and design. It is sublime.

Image: Courtesy of Octium, Kuwait

Behind thestore’s sleek, black façade lies a plush interior with lacquered woodcabinets, metallic gold pendant lighting, deep indigo carpets and powder-bluequilted-leather recliners. The carefully considered layout encourages visitorsto move seamlessly between the viewing gallery, seating area,Dali-inspired display cabinets and VIP suite (for private viewings).

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Hayón andthe visionary husband-and-wife duo have fulfilled what they set out to do:create a unique shopping experience that leaves all who visit, especially me,wanting to come back for more.

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