Selim Mouzannar

Selim Mouzannar: A journey from Beirut’s gemstones to global renown

In the world of contemporary jewelry design, few names resonate with the richness and depth of heritage as that of Selim Mouzannar. His journey from the historic alleys of Beirut to the international stage of haute joaillerie is not just a story of personal success but a testament to the resilience and beauty inherent in his Lebanese roots. This article delves into the life of Selim Mouzannar, tracing his evolution from a curious boy in Beirut’s gemstone market to a celebrated designer known for his intricate craftsmanship and unique designs.

The early days: Beirut’s gemstone apprentice

Selim Mouzannar’s story begins in the vibrant city of Beirut, Lebanon, where he was born into a family with a rich history in the jewelry business. Beirut, with its centuries-old tradition of craftsmanship and trade, provided the perfect backdrop for a young Selim to develop a deep appreciation for gemstones and jewelry design. As a child, he often wandered the city’s markets, marveling at the glittering treasures and learning the trade from local artisans and his family’s own jewelry business.

Education and exploration: Building a foundation

Understanding the importance of a solid foundation in the arts and gemology, Mouzannar pursued his education in these fields with zeal. He moved to Paris, France, to study mineralogy at the National Museum of Natural History, followed by gemology studies in Antwerp, Belgium, one of the world’s diamond capitals. His academic journey didn’t stop there; Mouzannar also immersed himself in the study of jewelry design at the renowned École de la rue du Louvre.

A global perspective: Gaining experience abroad

Mouzannar’s quest for knowledge and expertise took him far beyond the classrooms of Europe. He worked in various international locales, including the diamond mines of Sierra Leone, which not only broadened his understanding of the gemstone industry but also instilled in him a profound respect for the ethical sourcing of diamonds and gemstones. This global exposure enriched Mouzannar’s design philosophy, blending traditional Lebanese craftsmanship with international trends and ethical practices.

Return to beirut: The birth of a brand

Armed with extensive knowledge and a global perspective, Mouzannar returned to Beirut in the early 1990s, determined to revive the city’s jewelry-making tradition that had been disrupted by the Lebanese Civil War. In 1993, he launched his eponymous brand, Selim Mouzannar, which quickly gained recognition for its unique blend of Ottoman and Art Deco influences, Mediterranean spirit, and modern design sensibilities.

Signature style: A celebration of heritage and innovation

Selim Mouzannar’s jewelry is celebrated for its intricate designs that pay homage to his Lebanese heritage while embracing contemporary aesthetics. His use of vibrant colored gemstones, especially the deep blues of the Mediterranean Sea, and his innovative use of rose-cut diamonds have become trademarks of his work. Each piece tells a story, a reflection of Mouzannar’s journey and the rich history of Beirut.

Today: an international icon of jewelry design

Today, Selim Mouzannar is not only a household name in Lebanon but also a celebrated designer on the international stage. His collections are featured in prestigious jewelry shows and boutiques worldwide, and he is lauded for his commitment to craftsmanship, ethical sourcing, and design excellence. Despite his global success, Mouzannar remains deeply connected to Beirut, continuously drawing inspiration from its history, architecture, and the resilience of its people.


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His personnality: He’s a utopist, a pertectionnist who is all about transmission on all levels

His story : He learned evervthing on his grand father’s bench and started by hating it. He traveled the world and lived in Colombia. Sri Lanka & Antwerp to become expert in mining and precious stones. He’s one of the most respected gem dealer, jewelry designer and gemologist who see: in stones what most dont.

How is he recognizable ? : His combination of colored enamel – precious stones – his craftmanshio

Why do people like him? : His positive attitude, creative mind. family driven, jewelry obsessed. dedicated to his team. brand. family

Location : He’s based in Beirut Lebanon

Selim Mouzannar
Selim Mouzannar
Selim Mouzannar

Selim Mouzannar

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