Ome of the world’s top ar­chi­tects have switched fo­cus from the macro to the minia­ture in the past decade, ex­press­ing them­selves in a more in­ti­mate medium than land­marks punc­tur­ing the sky­line—jew­ellery. It should come as no sur­prise; af­ter all, both archi

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From top: A ren­der­ing of the City of Dreams tower in Ma­cau; rings from the Si­lene Col­lec­tion de­signed by Zara Ha­did for the House of Aziz & Walid Mouzan­nar

The world’s most cel­e­brated fe­male ar­chi­tect, Zaha Ha­did, is one of the trail­blaz­ers. Her bold­est projects are more ab­stract art than ar­chi­tec­ture and in­clude an Aus­trian mu­seum buried in a Ty­rol peak and Rome’s Mu­seum of Arts of the XXI Cen­tury, or the Maxxi, which feels like a walk-in sculp­ture. She has also left an in­deli­ble mark here in Asia with such cre­ations as the fu­tur­is­tic Galaxy Soho Com­plex in Bei­jing, the Jockey Club In­no­va­tion Tower at Hong Kong Polytechnic Univer­sity and the Hey­dar Aliyev Cul­tural Cen­tre in Baku, Azer­bai­jan.

It’s safe to say the Iraqi-born Bri­ton’s jew­ellery de­signs were never go­ing to in­clude gos­samer sil­ver neck­laces or sub­tle di­a­mond studs. De­spite the ethe­real-sound­ing name, her Si­lene Col­lec­tion for the House of Aziz & Walid Mouzan­nar, a lux­ury brand from Le­banon, is not for wall­flow­ers. The orig­i­nal piece, the Si­lene cuff, is an arm-en­velop­ing bracelet in 18K white gold set with a spi­der’s web of 1,048 di­a­monds that wouldn’t look out of place on the wrist of a war­rior princess. The line, launched early this year, fea­tures strik­ing gold bracelets and rings that evoke the un­du­lat­ing, fluid shapes for which Ha­did’s ar­chi­tec­ture is known. Ha­did dis­cov­ered the Mouzan­nar brothers and a shared love of an­tique jew­ellery on a

visit to Beirut nearly 20 years ago. To­day the

see­ing stars

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