Jewelers L’atelier Nawbar and Lebanese fashion influencer Nathalie Fanj have capitalized on the retro plastic jewelry trend to launch a special collection this week. Inspired by the electric hues of the 1990s, the Jem Pop collection features seven explosively colorful rings, each bearing an affordable price tag of $185.
“I remember growing up in the ‘90s and being so inspired by my sisters who were teenagers then and how they dressed,” says Fanj. “I own a lot of clothing items and jewelry from the ‘90s that I will never stop wearing.”
In creating the Jem Pop rings, the Nawbar sisters are following in the footsteps of international brands that have also taken a flight back in time to glean inspiration for their collections. Barcelona-based La Manso, Alison Lou from New York, Milan-based Bea Bongiasca and the UK’s Hotlips by Solange have all released similar ‘90s-inspired baubles at generally accessible price points.
A playful highlight from the Jem Pop range is the Mixed Tape ring, which reinvents vintage cassette tapes into a bold fashion statement. This and the other six gold-plated items from the collection are all handmade by L’atelier Nawbar’s skilled artisans in Beirut, using ancient enameling techniques.