Turquoise Mountain Celebrates the Launch of the Sahlan Jewellery Collection

In partnership with the Swarovski Foundation and Pippa Small Jewellery, Turquoise Mountain is proud to announce the launch of the Sahlan Collection, a new collection of jewellery produced by our apprentices and artisans in Jordan.


Turquoise Mountain jewellery trainees receive mentorship from Pippa Small during the designer’s visit to Amman in September 2021

In 2021, Turquoise Mountain teamed up with the Swarovski Foundation to help a group of promising young people from Jordan and surrounding countries pursue livelihoods in the craft of jewellery design and production. These students learned important technical skills related to working with materials like silver, gold, brass, and semi-precious stones, which will help them to find employment and to start their own enterprises in the future

As part of this collaboration, beginning in the second half of 2021, two of our advanced students, Ghassan Al-Elwan and Haitham Shaghouri, worked to design and produce the Swarovski Foundation Collection with the support of professional designers (including international jewellery designer Pippa Small) and master artisans.

Ghassan and Haitham were former entry-level trainees with Turquoise Mountain and through the design and production of these pieces were able to continue their training and learn more advanced technical techniques, as well as skills related to design, sales, and production of a full, cohesive collection.

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Pieces from the Turquoise Mountain x Swarovski Foundation x Pippa Small Sahlan Collection, with the door knockers that inspired the design

“The nicest thing about this collection is that the pieces have a soul. They are made by a human being using his hands, not by a machine.” - Ghassan Al-Elwan, 27 years old, from Al-salt, Jordan

The production of the Sahlan Collection was launched by Turquoise Mountain in August 2021 with a series of in-house design and concept workshops for the students, focussing on Islamic geometry and Islamic embellishments. During the research process, the apprentices and our in-house jewellery designer, Hala Haddadeen, came across and was inspired by imagery of Islamic brass door knockers. These knockers were common particularly in the first half of the 13th century during the Seljuk period, and were known for their vertically elongated, symmetrical arabesque design. In addition to their ornamental beauty and relationship to the history and heritage of the Middle East, these door knockers symbolize the hospitality for which Jordan is famous. Welcoming guests from near and far is a core value for Jordanians and others from the region, and this concept fed in to the theme for and the ultimate name of the collection: “Sahlan,” derived from the Arabic phrase for “welcome” (ahlan wa sahlan).


These beautiful and ornate objects formed the basis of the design, from which multiple motifs and ideas grew. In September, jewellery designer and frequent collaborator Pippa Small visited Turquoise Mountain in Amman to help the students develop their designs and to lead a series of design development workshops for them. It was a wonderful and rewarding trip for Pippa and for the students. Pippa and Turquoise Mountain’s in-house designer, Hala Haddadeen, worked with the students to create eight different designs, each inspired by the door knocker motifs at the core, but with slight modifications.

The final collection includes eight designs made of brass and gold plating, utilizing materials like mother of pearl and techniques like applying enamel using a fine point to achieve a high level of detail and accuracy. All pieces were crafted by hand, and in total the apprentices created over 200 pieces.

Following her visit to Jordan and conversations with the students and designer, Pippa continued to follow the progress of the collection from afar, and brought pieces of the collection with her to New York and Paris Fashion Weeks, a great honour for the apprentices. Today we are pleased to say that these special pieces are now available for sale internationally through her platforms, including her website, pippasmalljewellery.com.

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A few typologies from the final Sahlan Collection, photographed by Andre Mcheileh in Amman