Designer Collection - Overview

Designer Collection

Tabbah’s Designer Collection features limited edition pieces that can be made to order but are available in a Prêt-à-porter fashion through Tabbah’s boutiques.

Designer Collection - Overview

Designer Collection

Tabbah’s Designer Collection features limited edition pieces that can be made to order but are available in a Prêt-à-porter fashion through Tabbah’s boutiques.

Garden of Eden - Overview

Garden of Eden

Several of the Designer Collection jewellery ranges are set in the Garden of Eden. With each new design, the tale of the temptation and seduction of Eve in the Garden of Eden unfolds through a suite of jewellery stories. The pieces in the Garden of Eden collections are dedicated to the ultimate and most inspiring of women, for whom Eve is a universal reference.

Divine Serpent

Launched in three styles in 2004, the Divine Serpent was the first ring in the Designer Collection to be given a facial expression and - instead of round stones which are more commonplace - Tabbah used marquise shaped stones for the eyes. The result is hypnotic, alluring, seductive: the shapes and colours of different stones on the rings creating a variety of features which each evoke their own responses. Today the collection encompasses over 10 styles of serpent ring, as well as pendants and other jewellery. The Divine Serpent is also found in Tabbah’s Copacabana bracelet range.

Designer Nagib Tabbah references Eve and the Garden of Eden for this design. As a designer he was searching for the ultimate and most inspiring of women, and found reference for her in that story. The temptation and seduction of Eve in the Garden of Eden is a universal story now woven through literature, and which has essentially not changed from time immemorial to the twenty first century.

Love Bite

The Divine Serpent motif was launched as part of a story and so it was only a matter of time before Tabbah built a world of jewellery around the snake. And so the story of seduction unfolded: the serpent collection was followed by an apple called Temptation. Tabbah’s witty take on the moment that innocence was lost is the Love Bite design, which was launched at the end of 2005 and features the juicy apple with a clear bite taken and available in a mesmerising array of colours.

The Love Bite collection takes the healthy, friendly image of the fruit and renders it seductive with a simple twist. The story develops in stages: first there was the snake, then a full apple, then the Love Bite represents Eve’s seduction. Each piece brings to life a story that Tabbah’s Designer Collection has been seductively unfolding, stage by stage, element by element, since 2004.

Kiss Me

The lead role in the third chapter in the Designer Collection’s Garden of Eden story was cast in the form of a frog. This creature was a natural fit in the jewellery garden, as envisioned by Nagib Tabbah since Garden of Eden’s launch in 2005. The arrival of a little frog in 2007 was inspired by a charming story with roots in its creator’s own life. One morning he was searching for a new way to beg a kiss from his wife. Inspiration saw him draw a frog with a speech bubble saying ‘kiss me’ and her touched reaction resonated so that he wondered if this tiny creature might have an impact on others as well.

This vision resulted in a creature of pure charm, whose expression magically bestowed a soul upon the stones. Just as Nagib’s wife had fallen under the frog’s spell, so the Tabbah customers who first saw it in July 2007 also couldn’t resist his princely plea.

Daisy Love

In keeping with the unfolding Designer Collection’s Garden of Eden story, designer Nagib Tabbah was inspired by childhood memories to create Daisy Love, a series of rings and earrings that recall youthful love. He recalls summer holidays in Switzerland picking daisies with friends and then plucking each petal one by one whilst chanting ‘She loves me, she loves me not...’”

As Tabbah grew up in Monaco, the rhyme was spoken in French; where the loves grows: “Je t’aime, un peu, beaucoup, passionnément, à la folie...” (which translates as: I love you, a little, very much, passionately, madly...), before beginning all over again. The Daisy Love collection was born out of this game, which for adults evokes a heady mix of anticipation, desire and hope and love. The resulting collection reflects young love and features daisy petals that move, emulating the idea of petals that may be plucked.

Lord of Seas

Tabbah’s Lords of Seas designs capture the majesty and calm of the seahorse. In the Garden of Eden, the Kiss Me frog introduced the possibility for amphibious life and so it was only natural that Tabbah started to explore the sub-aqua universe with Lord of Seas. The seahorse’s regal nature stems from its posture and achieving the right balance and curve in the design of both pendant and ring was dependant on ensuring that this shape was true to the life aquatic. As gravity operates differently underwater, so the design reflects the potential acrobatics in a weightless world.

Coral

Ideas of submarine harmony in the Garden of Eden inspired Tabbah’s Coral collection. Dappled sunlight shining on coral underwater in a moving current imbues the coral with a sense of movement, in harmony with sea anemones, which are gently, but firmly, pushed and pulled in currents. The mesmerising effect of the flow of water is expressed in the Coral pieces. Capturing a sense of infinite calm and reflecting how coral in moving water and light can appear infinite, the Coral bracelets and rings have no beginning and no end.

Diva’s Paradise

The creation of the Divine Serpent in the Garden of Eden naturally led Tabbah to expand on the universal story with the crafting of a natural environment in which the snake could reside. Paradise was waiting to be filled with nature, and this came in the form of a fantasy flower. Called Diva, it is an imaginary creation, neither rose nor peony nor orchid but a culmination of all flowers. This flower forms a home for the Divine Serpent, symbol of temptation, who nestles within its petals. The Diva’s Paradise was crafted as a ring and necklace and comes both with and without the Divine Serpent.

Temptation

The Divine Serpent motif was launched as a modern interpretation of the story of Adam and Eve, and so it was only a matter of time before Tabbah built a world of jewellery around the snake. And so the story of seduction unfolded: the serpent collection was followed by the creation of an apple in 2005. This apple was crafted both on its own – called Whole Apple – and surrounded by the serpent, representing the moment of Temptation. The Temptation collection takes the healthy, friendly image of the fruit and launches a story that develops in stages: first there was the snake, then a full apple, which forms Temptation. This is followed by the Love Bite collection, representing Eve’s seduction. Each piece brings to life a story that Tabbah’s Designer Collection has been seductively unfolding, stage by stage, element by element, since 2004.

Conceptual - Overview

Conceptuals

Tabbah’s Designer Collection features an expanding range of collections whose inspiration springs from abstract observations and ideas. These collections express art, beauty and life with thought provoking styles. They celebrate a heritage of traditional craftsmanship and creative techniques, which are applied with a fresh perspective and contemporary twist.

Lace

Tabbah’s Lace jewellery pieces are defined by a pattern that forms a canvas to be applied to any jewellery design. Organic and infinite: this pattern wraps and moulds in shapes as designs require with no beginning and no end. Tabbah recognized that lace has a special quality in terms of playing with the idea of being hidden while being seen: transparency versus being opaque. The essence of the lace design is defined in the way that the gold settings become almost cut out of a pattern that is structured to support the diamonds that comprise it.

Fractal

With the Fractal collection, Tabbah pioneers a unique concept: to create a detail of a precious stone in a precious metal. The ring that launched the collection experiments with the way that metals, in particular gold, reflect light. It takes the shape of a cut diamond, magnifies it and recreates it in gold. The result is at once reminiscent of geometry, sculpture and design. For some pieces, Tabbah added diamonds to some of the facets: a clever reference to the stone whose cut it magnifies. The ultimate Fractal piece features a surface with each individual facet featuring a different type of diamond cut: brilliant, pear, oval and so on. The result is a ring whose shape is inspired by diamonds and that is, of itself, a gallery of diamonds.

Cross

Tabbah’s Designer Collection includes a cross inspired by the particularly ornate expressions common in the Orthodox Church. Typically the colours gold and red are found in Orthodox Churches throughout Lebanon, Turkey and the greater international Orthodox community. The four tips of Tabbah’s Cross feature three stones, which represent the Holy Trinity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Anchor

The anchor motif evokes images of sailing, yachts, and the ocean. Tabbah’s Anchor pendant represents travel, freedom and nautical adventures, and captures oceanic dreams in a simple style. The pendant comes in plain gold or adorned with precious stones.

Stardust

With the Stardust collection, Tabbah explored ancient skills of hammering precious metals with instruments no longer in use. This heritage craft results in tiny indentations: hammers work the metal to give it a unique shape that is otherwise extinct. Upon completion, Tabbah noticed that the result gave the impression of a planet’s surface. To this was applied diamonds which made the jewellery sparkle, as if stardust had been sprinkled across the valleys and mountains of a moon. The Stardust collection is particularly delightful to touch, each indent having been smoothed using traditional metalworking techniques.