MANAMA, Bahrain: Leena Al Ayoobi, one of Bahrain’s foremost artists and designers, and My Gold Souq, a Bahrain-based jewelry startup, have collaborated to create the world’s first collection of Bahraini pearl jewelry that will be sold as NFTs. The technical aspects of the project were managed by Web 3.0 firm Rudder Consultancy.
The collection, named Sardana, is inspired by ancient Dilmun folk tales of men going out to sea to hunt for treasure. The pieces incorporate 18k gold and natural Bahraini saltwater pearls certified by the Bahrain Institute for Pearls and Gemstones, Danat.
In addition to the jewelry, buyers also receive one of Leena’s artworks as an NFT. Every element has been hand drawn by the artist and feature her signature style of celebrating strong feminine figures.
Chairman of the National Arts Council Sheikh Rashid Bin Khalifa Al Khalifa said, “Bahrain has always been at the forefront of innovation, and I congratulate everyone involved in this project, which represents another important ‘first’ for the region. The secure authentication of the pearls, supported by the blockchain, demonstrates how technology can be used to modernise a centuries-old industry and puts Bahraini pearls on a global stage for a worldwide market.”
Al Ayoobi said, “My aim with this collection is to celebrate our heritage while incorporating futuristic technologies. It is a perfect demonstration or proof of concept of integrating NFTs into our daily lives.”
My Gold Souq founder Amy Vaya added, “Bahraini pearls have been prized the world over for their unique lustre and beauty, which is why we placed them at the heart of this collection. My Gold Souq aims to make fine jewelry more accessible to a wider audience through affordable and wearable designs, and we are very proud to collaborate with Leena on this collection.”
CEO of Rudder Consultancy Abdulrahman Almokla said, “This project is unlike any other we have ever worked on before in our experience with Web 3.0. It demonstrates how NFTs can be attached to actual utilities, in this case, the gold pieces, which merges digital and physical ownership, and illustrates one of the many use cases of this technology.”
The limited-edition collection features three tiers: Rare NFT ‘Lulia’, Super Rare NFT ‘Khailan’, and Legendary NFT ‘Sabah El Khair’. The NFTs can be purchased using cryptocurrency or credit card via the project’s website sardana.io or mygoldso
About Leena Al Ayoobi: Leena Al Ayoobi one of Bahrain’s foremost artists and designers and the founder and owner of Dar Alfann Gallery. A gifted artist from a young age, she has exhibited all across the world. Her style is best described as a fusion between Japanese manga and Bahraini folklore from a decidedly feminine perspective. Her pieces celebrate the beauty and strength of women and the important role they play in nurturing societies and raising the future generation. https://
About My Gold Souq: My Gold Souq is one of the GCC region’s first direct-to-consumer jewelry businesses, bypassing the traditional retail model and markups by selling to customers directly online. This award-winning tech startup that aims to modernize a centuries-old business and share it with a new generation of jewelry enthusiasts. The founder, Amy Vaya is a fourth-generation jewelry designer and artisan. Her family came to the Middle East aboard the British ship The Sardana, after which this collection is named. www.mygoldsouq.com
About Rudder Consultancy: Is a group of handpicked field experts assembled to guide businesses and institutions to fully utilize Web 3.0 technologies and all its innovative features to sail smoothly as leaders of future markets and industries. The company provides Web 3.0 and Metaverse solutions