about her

lillian ismail

lillian ismail is a leading creative entrepreneur, jewelry consultant and distinguished designer in the arab the world. she has been numerously recognized as saudi arabia’s youngest jewelry designer as at the age of 17 lillian ismail established a reputable brand with nationwide sales. lillian received her bfa in jewelry design from pratt institute where she developed her craft skills and honed her aesthetic. in the city of art and fashion, she interned with several famous reputable designers such oscar de la renta.

to date, she has taught over 400 aspiring entrepreneurs and designers the art of designing jewelry. she has been featured by vogue arabia, emirates women, in addition to other local and international magazines recognizing the success of her ever growing brand, and is currently a leading name in the design and training industry of jewelry design in saudi arabia.

born and raised in saudi arabia, she reignites the faltering flame of her heritage by blending contemporary elements with islamic inspired concepts in her designs. her pieces, "artwork" as she refers to her designs, are used as a medium to express concepts from her culture and islamic background. each collection and piece tells a unique story of its own.

craftsmanship

as one of the very few trained female Saudi bench jewelers and makers, she believes that the soul of the designer is reflected throughout the piece, giving it a different feel when handcrafted. a religious relationship of a different kind raises between the artisan and the material. her designs are all handmade piece by piece locally in her hometown, Jeddah.

lillian’s goal is to encourage the rise of artisans in her home country, especially in the field of jewelry that lacks the female hand in the production process.  the modernist jewelry movement in the 1940s profoundly influenced her insistence on raising the awareness of craftsmanship, and the importance of jewelry as a form of wearable art.