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8 February 2018 07:43 am

DJWE to hold charity auction for bespoke Qatari-designed pieces

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Organisers of Doha Jewellery and Watches Exhibition (DJWE) have announced today a partnership with AlBahie Auction House. The new partnership will promote the Young Qatari Designers (YQDs) initiative by hosting an exclusive charity auction on the fifth-day of the exhibition (February 25), where buyers can bid on a signature piece designed by this year’s local designers.  

The Young Qatari Designers initiative is patroned by HE the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, and returns to DJWE 2018 as part of its commitment to nurturing young talent and creativity. The proceeds from the auction will go to Education Above All (EAA), a global movement that contributes to human, social and economic development through the provision of quality education. 

Acting as a platform for showcasing their new collections, three new and three returning talented Qatari designers will unveil bespoke jewellery collections for the exhibition, from which a signature piece will create a showstopper item for the charity auction. The items include a selection of opulent jewellery including a necklace, earrings, a tiara and a bracelet.   

The YQDs eagerly awaiting their opportunity to shine alongside exclusive pieces from the world’s most prestigious jewellery and watch brands include; Nada Al Sulaiti (Hairaat); Nouf Al Meer (Nouf Jewellery); Ghada Al Buainain; Leila Abu Issa (Leila Issam Fine Jewellery); Shikha Mohamed (Al Ghla Jewellery); and Jawaher & Hissa Mohammed Al Mannai (Ghand Jewellery).  

 Ahmed Al Obaidli, Director of Exhibitions at Qatar Tourism Authority said: “Supporting entrepreneurs and constructive social initiatives are two of the most important goals that Qatar Tourism Authority is working to achieve. Under the patronage of HE the Prime Minister and the Minister of Interior, DJWE continues to support Young Qatari Designers, not only through offering them a platform to showcase their collections, but also to display their creativity in this charity auction”.

The creative pieces from the six designers for the auction are luxurious, bespoke items that will leave a personalised mark at this year’s special DJWE edition. Ghand Jewellery will be presenting “Mihrab”, a pair of diamond and white gold earrings designed as tops of curving archways with suspending lines of baguette and round-cut diamonds set in 8.61 grams of white gold with 2.74 carat white diamonds. Al Ghla Jewellery will present “Tiara” as their signature piece, set in yellow gold with the outline of the State of Qatar in mother of pearl amongst starbursts of rubies. Leila Issam Fine Jewellery will showcase “Ombres”, a pair of white gold diamond and pink sapphire earrings each designed as tops of round and petal-shaped sapphires with yellow diamonds suspending a line of white diamonds and terminating in round- and petal-shaped pink sapphires.  

“Qatar,” is Nouf Jewellery’s item for the auction, a Qatari flag inspired white gold hinged-bracelet with 2.05 carat round-cut diamonds and 11.80 carat rubies, totalling 684 stones set in 36.85 grams of white gold. Hairaat’s,  “Sleeping Beauty,” is a pair of drop earrings each designed as tops of oval-cut natural turquoise framed by round-cut diamonds suspending a single Tahitian pearl.. And, finally Ghada Al Buainain Jewellery  has designed “Pipe in Gold,” a white gold necklace erupting in a specatular cluster of pearls and diamonds.  

Commenting on the occasion, Dr. Mary Joy Pigozzi, Executive Director of EAC Program, said:

“We express our sincere indebtedness to Doha Jewellery and Watches Exhibition (DJWE) for their unwavering support to Education Above All’s mission in building a global movement that contributes to human, social and economic development through the provision of quality education. It is a great privilege to have you by our side and we really appreciate your contribution to our mission. We will continue to do our utmost to fulfill our goals, and we know that we can only make a difference by working together with our local and international patrons.''
Jennifer Bishop, Director of AlBahie Auction House, commented: "A part of AlBahie's mission has always been education and contributing to the cultural scene in Doha, we are excited to be working with DJWE and this talented pool of local designers to raise funds for Education Above All. DJWE and AlBahie share a vision to nurture these brands and the young talent in Qatar."

As one of the fastest growing events on the global luxury events calendar, DJWE is a key industry player that continues to buck industry trends by expanding year-on-year through delivering a premier exhibition. Integral to the sophisticated and luxury pieces on offer at the exhibition are Qatar’s premier jewellery patrons, who continue to support and present their unique world-class collections; Al Fardan Jewellery Company, Ali Bin Ali Group, Al Majed Jewellery, Amiri Gems WLL, Fifty One East, and Almuftah Jewellery.  

Presented by Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) and delivered by Auditoire, DJWE is held under the patronage of the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, HE Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani. 

The six-day event will take place between 21-26 February at Doha Exhibition and Convention Center (DECC), featuring more than 400 brands from over 10 countries bringing an extensive display of classic and contemporary luxury collections by internationally-recognised brands and designers. In addition, this year’s 15th edition will also offer new experiences, from the one-day DJWE Forum and daily industry talks, through to watches and jewellery workshops. For more information about DJWE 2018, please  visit  

All images courtesy of DJWE