My visit to the Azza Fahmy jewelry workshop outside of Cairo. By Glenn Belverio

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Silver Horus Necklace with turquoise beads and scarabs, symbolizing transformation, from Azza Fahmy's Pharaonic Collection


Dear Shaded Viewers,

While I was in Cairo in February, I had the pleasure of touring the workshops of Azza Fahmy–located a few hours drive outside of the city–to see how Ms. Fahmy's stunning pieces are made. Founded in 1969, Azza Fahmy is an international luxury design house which specializes in jewelry and is based in Cairo. Ms. Fahmy is the Middle East's leading jewelry designer and is known for breaking down barriers in design. In 1969, she became the first woman in Egypt to be permitted to train as an apprentice with the masters in Khan El Kahlili, Cairo's jewelry quarter.

Azza Fahmy, Indjy Hosny and Rawah Badra at Cairo's Fashion Night at The First Mall on February 9, 2013

Azza Fahmy is uniquely characterized by incorporating different cultures into wearable art while combining it with intricate craftsmanship. Each piece of jewelry revolves around a central inspirational motif, a poem, a piece of literature, a romantic or spiritual idea, or simply a beautiful thought.


 At the Azza Fahmy workshop.


 One of the craftsmen with a work-in-progress.


 A sketch of the Winged Khepri Scarab Ring from the 2013 Nostalgia Collection.


Silver and gold Scarab ring, representing transformation in Ancient Egypt-

Glenn Belverio

Glenn Belverio is a writer and New Yorker. He has been reporting for ASVOF since 2005 and currently works at The Museum of Modern Art as the Content Manager for MoMA Design Store.