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The Designer: Lillian Ismail, 23

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Named the youngest Saudi jewelry designer and maker at the age of 17 in 2013 Lillian Ismail has been gaining repute for her jewelry line ever since.


What started as a high school senior project, soon blossomed to a huge success. After realizing her interest in jewelry making, she pursued her passion by studying at the Pratt Institute in New York.

She has also won the Kickstarter Editor’s Choice Award at JCK Las Vegas, the chief jewelry event in North America, has conducted workshops at Raffles Design Institute in Riyadh, and has worked as a consultant for Badir Technology Incubators and Accelerators Program.dksa3_special_saudifuturechasers_lilianismail5

Taking the path as a jewelry designer and maker, she set out to launch Banajir by Lillian Ismail, her very own jewelry line that showcases beautiful, delicate, and unique pieces. Initially, running a jewelry business as a young individual was a challenging endeavor for Lillian.

She also struggled to get her Bachelor’s Degree while managing the business in Jeddah, thousands of miles away. One of her favorite Arab designers is Azza Fahmy Another role model for Lillian is Shinde, an Indian designer who helped develop and expnd Harry Winston’s designs, and who inspires Lillian with the way he sees everything around him as a possible jewelry piece.

Instagram: lillianismail

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