While browsing the multitude of talented designers Lebanon has been showcasing, we’ve stumbled upon Stéphanie Cachard, a Beirut-based jewelry designer whose elegant simplicity has won our hearts.
She grew up with a special place in her soul for jewelry design, inheriting this passion from both her parents who founded their jewelry atelier in Beirut back in 1988.
This determined her to pursue a career in this direction and she continued her education at the Lebanese University of Fine Arts. After successfully finishing her degree, she joined her family-owned atelier in 2009. A year later, she earned her diploma in diamond grading from the GIA School, in Florence.
In 2014, she launched her own eponymous brand and set up her showroom in the heart of Beirut.
What makes it special? There’s a specific elegant and minimal feel about her style, while still being laid back and effortlessly charming. Timeless pieces that you must have in your personal collection.
All of her pieces are handcrafted in 18K gold and Sterling silver using responsibly sourced precious metals and stones. She is currently working towards a more sustainable design by recycling metals and giving them a second life. Each piece is meticulously handcrafted by local artisans using responsibly sourced precious metals and stones.
WHAT WOULD MAKE YOUR SOUL SING? WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY?
My cat Bernard.
A CHILDHOOD STORY THAT ANNOUNCED THE CREATIVE PERSON YOU ARE TODAY
My mother loves to move the furniture around the house. She has done it so so many times, and I loved doing that with her. We still do.
BEST CONTEXT EVER FOR INSPIRATION WAS
On a plane. As cliché as it sounds.
THE PROJECT YOU LOVED MOST
I don’t have that yet, but I do enjoy having a growing collection. I like where it’s headed.
THE PROJECT OTHERS LOVED MOST
It’s not a specific project, but when I started using precious gemstones in my collection it definitely drew more attention and positive feedback.
THE BEST THING ABOUT LEBANESE CREATIVITY IS
We have been adapting to very tough and unprecedented circumstances these past years. Surely being creative has helped a lot making this reality somewhat “easier” to overcome.
ADVICE FOR INTERNATIONAL HEADHUNTERS, RELATED TO LEBANESE CREATIVES
Craftsmanship and know-how are as important, if not more important, than creativity itself. So, I would say go for Lebanese artisanry.
BEST PLACE IN BEIRUT
Anywhere with a sea view. So mostly everywhere.
BEST PLACE IN LEBANON
The Bisri Valley.
MOST DISTURBING CLICHÉ ABOUT LEBANON, IN THE MEDIA OUTLETS OF THE WORLD IS
Sadly, all of our clichés are not clichés anymore. That is the disturbing part.
LEBANON SHOULD BE KNOWN FOR
Its food! Unless they find a way to make it political.
YOUR VIEWS ON SPIRITUALITY
Still working on that. Luckily, I have plenty of time.
YOUR VIEWS ON MONEY
It’s a Round-The-World plane ticket.
AN INSPIRATION SOURCE YOU RECOMMEND FOR A YOUNG CREATIVE
Instagram. So many great pages.
A LEBANON BASED FEMALE TALENT THAT DESERVES TO BE PROMOTED AT INTERNATIONAL LEVEL, AS EXPONENT OF LOCAL CREATIVE SPIRIT
Karine Zablit’s delicious and beautiful creations. She has definitely made this year sweeter (@karinezablit).
Photos courtesy of Stephanie Cachard.
If you want to check out her full jewelry collection, check out her shop here.