About Us

 

Who We Are

 

Hi, and welcome. My name is Rana El Ibrik and I’m the founder of ‘Ranawiyet’, an online business located in Lebanon, my native country. I first started the business in early 2009 from very humble beginnings and have since seen it grow into a very reputable online store. 

 

What We’re About

 

Based in Beirut, we are a small business that specializes in exquisite nameplate jewellery that’s wholly customizable in an array of Arabic calligraphy designs.  All the pieces are skilfully handcrafted by myself, by using an old traditional method of piercing and cutting with a professional jeweller’s handsaw. Perfect as gifts on any occasion, for both men and women of all ages, we offer unique pieces tailored to your specific requirements. With every finished piece, we take great care and passion to deliver unto you an item of jewelry, that’s not only of the highest standard but also a piece that can be worn and cherished for many years to come.

 

Concept Behind the Art

 

Very early on, growing up as a child in Beirut, I had a penchant for art and creativity. There wasn’t a day that passed without me either writing or creating. I loved watching TV shows associated with handmade crafts and many times I made my own creations based on what I saw and learned. Even at a young age, I had loved buying and wearing jewelry, especially handmade pieces, and being of a curious sort, I often wondered how they were created and designed. It was of no great surprise that I developed an endearing admiration for jewelry and jewelry making from there on in.

In the 80’s, I remember being fascinated by the nameplate necklaces and jewelry pieces that my aunts and neighbours used to wear when they used to come and pay us a visit. My enthusiasm for jewelry had grown at this stage, but for me, it was the traditional Arabic symbolism and design that captivated me. As I grew older, the style gradually started to decline, becoming sadly nothing more than that of a distant memory.

It has been only a decade or so, that the style has re-emerged and now it’s back in fashion. The artist within me had still clung onto the archaic and traditional symbolism associated with Arab style and culture, and so I took it upon myself to venture into this line of work.  Based on very old calligraphic fonts, I started to meld both modern and ancient designs with a traditional piercing technique. Impassioned with this new advent of mine, I began to see my soul reincarnated within every new creation, filling me with a sense of wonderment and joy.

 

A Brief History in Jewelry Making

 

As a single mother, I first took it upon myself to learn jewelry making back in 2008, learning all the techniques by myself, utterly from scratch. It was when my daughter, Yasmina, had spent time at the nursery that I really made the most of my free time. Incensed with an enduring passion for the craft, I researched on all the techniques there was to know. Gradually, bit by bit, my skill had accumulated to the stage where I felt confident enough to take the plunge and start up my own business in late 2009. Investing in the new brand with new packaging and materials, it wasn’t long before I was displaying and selling my jewelry pieces at various souks, fairs, festivals and exhibitions.

My uniquely handcrafted pieces were soon to take notice and before I knew it, my jewelry was featured in newspaper and magazine articles, not to mention appearing on national television, live on air.

The experience of it all had imprinted an assertive authority within me and well equipped with my self-learned know-how I began to open up workshops in the summer of 2011, whereby I thought all my skills and techniques to students that were willing to learn. I taught classes for three years until March 2014.

Since then, I have been making and selling jewelry full time and I haven’t looked back. I’ve invested a lot of time and energy in building up my Etsy shop and website with an ever-growing customer tally growing each month, I’m the happiest I’ve been for years.

 

What The Future May Hold

 

Admittedly, I didn’t expect the business to lift off the ground so fast and to grow so big. What may the future hold for ‘Ranawiyet’, one may ask? All I know is that I aim to remain as ambitious as I was once was when setting up the business. With the exponential growth in orders over the course of the last year, I’m looking forward to expanding the business and relishing the thought of fresh challenges to come.