Hania Kuzbari and her jewelry designs will make you smile, especially the faces from her Smile Collection.
Lovely, welcoming, and sincere, I met Hania last February, at the Winter Edit Metal and Smith Show in NYC.
She and her jewelry are an impromptu surprise post, because today is her birthday!
Business Knowledge and Jewelry Skills
Hania's education and skills are balanced between a graduate business degree, jewelry and gemology studies, and jewelry art design at Alchemia Contemporary Jewellery School in Florence, Italy.
Hania creates magical combinations of precious metals and gems, interpreting objects and classic concepts into jewelry worthy of current treasures and future heirlooms.
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Hania's jewelry is created in limited editions, and several of her collections reflect classical symmetry of Arabic design.
Hania skillfully arranges swirls, arches, lines, and gems like diamonds, and pink and green tourmaline, into a fluid statement of strong femininity.
Arabesque, Memoire Levantine, and Levant are just a few of her collection names.
Jewelry That Makes Us Smile
I'm captivated by the versatility of Hania's jewelry designs. Not only is she a talented jeweler, but she's warm, genuine, and giving – similar to qualities reflected in her Smile Collection, and its purpose.
The inspiration behind the Smile Collection is to brighten the spirits of those haunted by trauma, especially those effected by violence and tragedies in Hania's home country of Syria.
Hania uses sterling silver as the canvas for the jeweled faces, then creates eyes, noses, hair, eyelashes, smiles, and even hats, using gemstones to bring the face to sparkling life.
Below is the description of the Hania Kuzbari Smile Collection from her website, haniakuzbari.com.
“If ever a jewelry collection had a message for our world today, it’s the Hania Kuzbari Smile Collection. The upbeat beauty of this inspired collection is only surpassed by its heartfelt emotional message to people everywhere. We don’t have to look far to witness the overwhelming sorrow across the globe—suffering from conflicts that cause great pain. Many times, it’s the children who bear the worst of it.
But Hania Kuzbari speaks up with a simple yet profound message—fight darkness with smiling—and bring happiness to others, one person at a time. Employing her playful animated creativity, Hania designs fun and uplifting bejeweled smiling faces designed to dispel the darkness and bring joy just by looking at their irresistible faces.
The imaginative smiling faces are skillfully rendered with colored diamonds, sapphire and tourmalines and reflect the playful spirit of the Smile Collection. Hania’s superb artistry is revealed not only in the creative use of metals, but in the clever arrangement of precious colored stones she chose for this delightful collection. Silver used in this collection is given special treatment to reflect white, black and grayish tones adding another level of value. This important collection delivers Hania’s vital message in a most charming way.
Seeing each piece in this collection is enough to bring a smile to your face. But why not share it with everyone you meet? Wear your Smile Collection jewelry so others will see its message too. The Smile Collection sets the tone of the day for its wearer, as a silent yet cheerful reminder of how easy it is to bring happiness to another—just by smiling.
Smile Collection jewelry makes one of the most endearing gifts you can give to someone you love. We all want to embrace happiness now—not someday when things may be perfect.
Every wearer of the Smile Collection has their own story to tell, and their own way to interpret this charming collection. When it comes to smiling, that’s an international language we all understand.”
– from the Smile Collection of HaniaKuzbari.com
Happy Birthday, Hania!
Hania's jewelry is amazing on its own, but knowing who she is, and that she cares and creates with such compassion makes her and her jewelry designs even more precious and spectacular.
I'm so grateful to have met someone so beautiful and talented – Happy Birthday, Hania!