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Mouawad’s signature Flower of Eternity Jewellery Coffer

A $3.5 million gold jewelry box encrusted with diamonds, sapphires and rubies has been unveiled in Doha this week.

Certified by Guinness World Records as the world’s most valuable jewelry box, the piece made its Middle East debut at the annual Doha Jewellery & Watches Exhibition (DJWE).

The 14th edition of the event opened on Monday at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center in West Bay.

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Mouawad’s signature Flower of Eternity Jewellery Coffer

In a statement, Swiss diamond house Mouawad said the Flower of Eternity Jewellery Coffer was made of 18-karat gold and silver.

It features white and yellow diamonds, white and pink sapphires and lapis lazuli and its three heart-shaped petals are meant to symbolize eternal love.

Mouawad also holds the record for world’s most valuable necklace ($55 million), handbag ($3.8 million) and lingerie (an $11 million bra), but these pieces are not on display in Doha.

Scaled down event

Notably, the jewelry box isn’t the most expensive thing on sale at the DJWE this week. For example, there are also three Girard Perregaux watches worth a combined $5 million.

A total of 400 luxury brands from 10 countries are exhibiting their wares at the expo this year.

All photos by Reem Saad

This appears to be scaled down from last year, when 500 of the world’s most exclusive brands from 17 countries participated.

However, for the first time this year, the work of young Qatari designers will be on display. And the exhibition will also feature a watch-making workshop by renowned clock experts Objectif Horlogerie.

DJWE runs until Saturday, Feb. 27 and is open from noon to 10pm every day except Friday. Friday’s hours will be from 4pm to 10pm.

Entry is free, but visitors are required to register onsite with their Qatar IDs or passports, or can save time by pre-registering online here.

As always, children below the age of 12 will not be allowed inside the venue.

Who’s going? Thoughts?

Some 18 jewelry outlets in Qatar have been fined QR5,000 each for failing to comply to a new list of regulations regarding the sale and display of their wares.

The Ministry of Economy and Commerce said the shops also had their sales licenses temporarily revoked for not adhering to the consumer protection law. It added that shops should issue “real discounts and avoid any false discounts or any similar practices that can harm the consumer.”

All photos by Adam Hodges

If you’re looking for a new watch this week – or just want to gawk at some finely-made ones – you’re in luck. The annual Doha Jewellery and Watches Exhibition (DJWE) has opened to the public at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center in West Bay.

In its 13th year, the exhibition features more than 500 of the world’s most exclusive brands, including Rolex, Bulgari and Alpina, with exhibitors from 17 different countries.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Ahmed bin Abdullah Al Mahmoud opened the exhibition last night at a ribbon-cutting ceremony, followed by a VIP reception that allowed guests to take a first look at the displays.

The show isn’t just for buyers or collectors, but also an opportunity to simply admire the fine workmanship these brands offer and catch a glimpse of some rare gemstones.

What’s new

This year, the exhibition includes an onsite certification lab from the International Gemological Institute to provide buyers with expert grading of diamonds and other gemstones purchased at the exhibit.

The weeklong event also features several educational seminars, including one today at 6pm that will show attendees how watchmaker Cabestan meticulously hand-creates the roughly 50 watches it produces each year.

Among the other new offerings is that visitors can turn their eye scans into jewelry:

Organizers are expecting around 30,000 visitors to stop by the exhibition this week.

The DJWE will run from Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 10pm every day except Friday. Friday’s hours will be from 3pm to 10pm.

Entry is free, but visitors are required to register onsite with their Qatar IDs or passports, or can save time by pre-registering online here.

As always, small children are not permitted inside the exhibition.

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