Libyan sisters Mariam and Dania Sawedeg are the design duo behind Kamushki jewelry. Together, they created the brand as a reflection of their multicultural upbringing and inherent love of jewels. Having grown up between Zurich, Dubai and Tripoli, the sisters possess a natural cosmopolitan flare, merging concepts from all corners of the world.
Mariam studied jewelry design at Gia in London, and she heads the design side of the brand, visualizing the playful models at the core of the Kamushki philosophy. Dania holds a degree in media and communications and has her finger firmly set on the fashion pulse. The relationship between the sisters shines through Kamushki, with their personalities infused into the distinctive designs.
A desire to tell stories is deeply embedded within the Kamushki brand. The Russian word Kamushki means “precious stones,” and the choice of a Russian name for the brand reflects the sisters’ fascination with the Romanovs and the spectacular crown jewels of the Russian royal family. Russian lore aside, Kamushki’s signature design, the fishbone, links firmly back to the designers’ Libyan roots, where the iconic motif represents goodness and is believed to protect the wearer from the evil eye. Cultural heritage may be at the heart of the Kamushki brand, but it is the modern twist on traditional symbols that gives the jewelry its edge.