With a natural fascination for symbols, amulets and talismans jewellery designer Noor Fares draws inspiration from her world travels to exotic destinations and her multicultural background.

Born and raised in Paris to Lebanese parents, Fares makes jewellery that is the stuff of dreams – inspired by the Orient, exotic souks and the romance of family heirlooms passed from generation to generation. Fares learnt her craft at Central St Martins where she did an MA in jewellery design and launched her business on graduation in 2009. In many ways, she is her customer and she understands her whims and desires.

She spends much of her time travelling the world in search of remote cultures and landscapes. Her favourite destination? ” I love Jaipur! It’s the one city where all my worlds are combined, you can spend the day stone hunting, visiting the Amber Fort by elephant and eat exceptional vegetarian food,” she says.

She uses ancient symbols in her work, creating modern talismans using precious coloured gemstones and distinctive diamonds. “My recent collection Akasha draws inspiration from India and Burma from the ancient sacred symbols that are ingrained within the countries, such as the Sri Yantra, Flower of Life, Navratna and Inle amulet from the Padaung tribe in Burma.”

For the less worldly, Navratna refers to an ancient Indian talisman containing nine sacred stones, each of them representing a different planet. Fares translated this into a collection of pieces featuring a myriad of colourful gems carefully crafted with 18kt yellow gold to replicate planets and sacred triangles. The Burmese amulet is believed to protect the wearer and was discovered by Fares herself in a market in Inle Lake, Myanmar.

When Fares is not busy researching ancient artefacts in far flung places she can be found in her London home indulging in what city life has to offer.

Monday: The Good Life Eatery (59 Sloane Ave, Chelsea, SW3 3DH) 

I love to start the week with a super healthy and delicious lunch.

Tuesday: Tri Yoga (372 King’s Road, Chelsea, SW3 5UZ) 

I usually practise yoga at home alone but I find Tri Yoga to have such fun classes that they have become my weekly fix.

Wednesday: South Kensington Club ( 38-42 Harrington Rd, Kensington,SW7 3ND) 

As a mid week treat I go to SKC for an invigorating banya which has become like a ritual for me.

Thursday: Farmacy (74 Westbourne Grove, W2 5SH) 

Since the restaurant opened I have been coming for brunch with friends for the incredible food and I love the natural light in the space during the daytime.

Friday: Shoreditch House ( 1 Ebor St, E1 6AW) 

I love having meetings at Shoreditch House on a Friday afternoon and staying on to have some cocktails with friends to welcome in the weekend.

Text by Ann-Marie Voina