Hailing from Jordan, Nadia Dajani is a jewelry designer renowned for her stunning line of contemporary jewelry. Each of her designs has been inspired by her love for storytelling and cultural heritage, which can range from the time of Assyria to Bedouin culture.
Dajani grew up between Nigeria and the United Kingdom before studying architecture at University College in London. In fact, she had fond memories of enjoying her profession, including the construction of the Jordanian Pavilion at Expo 2000 in Hanover, Germany. However, her newly found love for jewelry design would take her on a different career path.
In hindsight, designing jewelry was only a hobby to Dajani at first, but a fateful encounter would bring new opportunities to the aspiring jewelry designer. In London, she looked around a jewelry store and its owner, in awe of her personal earrings, offered a £200 down payment for her designs. Dajani began supplying her line of jewelry before opening her flagship store at InterContinental Hotel in 2004 and, as they say, the rest is history.
As a brand, Nadia Dajani Jewelry has since grown to be well-known for its contemporary designs, with each jewelry crafted from silver and gemstone, as well as copper and glass beads handmade by local artisans in Amman. The products are inspired by various eras throughout Jordanian history such as the Assyrians, Romans, Byzantines, the Islamic Empire, and Bedouin culture.
Aside for an eye for design, Dajani is also known for her contributions in philanthropy. Her brand is known for its "Art Giving Back to Society" program, which seeks to provide women with training in artistry. In fact, the program stems from Dajani's willingness to help underprivileged women to provide for their families, while featuring some of their works on her line of products. In addition, the jewelry designer has also worked closely with Women for Women International in helping women affected by war in Iraq.