The Kamushki Sisters, Between Spirituality and Symbols of Protection
Chatting with the sister duo behind the fine jewelry brand inspired by the desire to share a personal experience.

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We’re met with the fact now more than ever that the best design is one that lasts. What could be more timeless than fine jewelry? Thoughtful and focused collections, precious materials made to last, and protective healing energy. Design duo and sisters Mariam and Dania Sawedeg of Kamushki use the craft of jewelry to communicate modern adornment and preserve their Libyan heritage. “Our brand is about what speaks to us, it’s a deeply personal experience. We’re giving a piece of us to our clients,“ says Mariam.  

Born in Libya, raised in Zurich, and currently based between Dubai and London, the Kamushki story is an international one fueled by a love of travel and interconnection. “Our inspiration really changes over time. At first, Kamushki started as a cultural brand, now it’s moving into a more spiritual direction. We love symbols of protection, but culture will always be a big influence for us,” says Mariam. 

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Mariam Sawedeg

Kamushki, which translates to precious stones in Russian, launched in 2014. “I was always interested in jewelry, and Dania always loved accessories. We loved fashion, but we were interested in items that you wear every day,” Mariam explains. After cultivating her skills at GIA (Gemological Institute of America) in London, Mariam waited for Dania to graduate before they officially launched. Their debut collection “Wishbone” introduced the fishbone, which became an integral part of their brand story and aesthetic.

In Libyan culture, the fish is a symbol of good luck that wards off the evil eye and represents freedom and happiness. “It’s a cultural symbol that’s always been a part of our lives. There’s something about it that makes you feel safe,” explains Mariam. The brand brings a modern twist to fine jewelry by combining semi-precious and rough stones, pearls, and rubies on delicate bracelets, earrings, and stackable knuckle rings.

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Travel shaped most of their early memories, along with inspiring influence from the women in their lives. Growing up, their mother had a love for vintage jewelry and an unmatched style they have always looked up to. Mariam recalls, “My mom would always go shopping in the gold market all over the world. I was always so interested in the experience. We would spend hours there, she would only take me because I was the patient one.” Dania adds, “She’s a major negotiator. She will get what she wants.”
In 2019, the designers moved their company’s production to Dubai. Mariam made the move to the UAE, and Dania stayed back in London. “We were very co-dependent, but I felt I was more creative when we were separate. It was important for us to focus on our own roles,” says Mariam. Their European and Middle Eastern base gives them the ability to divide and conquer daily business. Mariam’s Dubai base allows her to handle most of the management, production, and sales, and Dania manages social media, PR, and working with private clients in London. They always work on designing together. “The best thing is that we’re sisters… With family, everything comes naturally. We can voice what we want without affecting the relationship. We’re heading in different directions, but we always meet in the middle,” says Dania.

Like many, production was hindered during the early days of the pandemic. “Our factory closed during lockdown, and we had orders, but we weren’t able to do anything about it. It was tough, but it was out of our hands. Luckily things started picking up once we opened again,” says Mariam. “Despite everything, I think 2020 was a good year for Kamushki. We gained a lot of direct customers, and that’s really important to us,” says Dania. New changes in the industry freed many designers from the pressures of production. But the Sawedegs’ attitude remained unchanged, as they always believed in moving at their own pace and growing organically.
“No one knows what’s next… But jewelry is timeless, and we love that about our work,” says Dania. Mariam continues, “We don’t work off of trends, we don’t mass produce, and nothing goes to waste. There’s always a way to reinvent a piece.”

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The joy of curating a home sanctuary in lockdown periods has inspired the sisters for their next course. Dania shares, “We see Kamushki growing into a lifestyle brand, and we’re working on taking it in that direction.” They hope to translate cultural brand elements of protection through homeware. “We were really inspired by this time… It’s about well being and filling an environment with things that you love,” says Mariam.
As abstract as time currently seems, it remains just as precious. The designers believe it would be unfair to dismiss the progressive changes that have taken place over the last twelve months. “It was a year of growth filled with lots of hope that’s keeping us eager for what’s to come,” says Mariam. Whether it is adornment through jewelry or intimate spaces, Kamushki creates for the future by drawing on the ever-changing present. It’s as clear as it is relevant; protection will never go out of style.

kamushki miilkiina interview

Shop Kamushki at Ounass.

The Kamushki Sisters, Between Spirituality and Symbols of Protection
Chatting with the sister duo behind the fine jewelry brand inspired by the desire to share a personal experience.

kamushki interview miilkiina

We’re met with the fact now more than ever that the best design is one that lasts. What could be more timeless than fine jewelry? Thoughtful and focused collections, precious materials made to last, and protective healing energy. Design duo and sisters Mariam and Dania Sawedeg of Kamushki use the craft of jewelry to communicate modern adornment and preserve their Libyan heritage. “Our brand is about what speaks to us, it’s a deeply personal experience. We’re giving a piece of us to our clients,“ says Mariam.  

Born in Libya, raised in Zurich, and currently based between Dubai and London, the Kamushki story is an international one fueled by a love of travel and interconnection. “Our inspiration really changes over time. At first, Kamushki started as a cultural brand, now it’s moving into a more spiritual direction. We love symbols of protection, but culture will always be a big influence for us,” says Mariam. 

kamushki jewelry miilkiina
Mariam sawedeg miilkiina kamushki
Mariam Sawedeg

Kamushki, which translates to precious stones in Russian, launched in 2014. “I was always interested in jewelry, and Dania always loved accessories. We loved fashion, but we were interested in items that you wear every day,” Mariam explains. After cultivating her skills at GIA (Gemological Institute of America) in London, Mariam waited for Dania to graduate before they officially launched. Their debut collection “Wishbone” introduced the fishbone, which became an integral part of their brand story and aesthetic.

In Libyan culture, the fish is a symbol of good luck that wards off the evil eye and represents freedom and happiness. “It’s a cultural symbol that’s always been a part of our lives. There’s something about it that makes you feel safe,” explains Mariam. The brand brings a modern twist to fine jewelry by combining semi-precious and rough stones, pearls, and rubies on delicate bracelets, earrings, and stackable knuckle rings.

kamushki jewelry wishbone miilkiina

Travel shaped most of their early memories, along with inspiring influence from the women in their lives. Growing up, their mother had a love for vintage jewelry and an unmatched style they have always looked up to. Mariam recalls, “My mom would always go shopping in the gold market all over the world. I was always so interested in the experience. We would spend hours there, she would only take me because I was the patient one.” Dania adds, “She’s a major negotiator. She will get what she wants.”
In 2019, the designers moved their company’s production to Dubai. Mariam made the move to the UAE, and Dania stayed back in London. “We were very co-dependent, but I felt I was more creative when we were separate. It was important for us to focus on our own roles,” says Mariam. Their European and Middle Eastern base gives them the ability to divide and conquer daily business. Mariam’s Dubai base allows her to handle most of the management, production, and sales, and Dania manages social media, PR, and working with private clients in London. They always work on designing together. “The best thing is that we’re sisters… With family, everything comes naturally. We can voice what we want without affecting the relationship. We’re heading in different directions, but we always meet in the middle,” says Dania.

Like many, production was hindered during the early days of the pandemic. “Our factory closed during lockdown, and we had orders, but we weren’t able to do anything about it. It was tough, but it was out of our hands. Luckily things started picking up once we opened again,” says Mariam. “Despite everything, I think 2020 was a good year for Kamushki. We gained a lot of direct customers, and that’s really important to us,” says Dania. New changes in the industry freed many designers from the pressures of production. But the Sawedegs’ attitude remained unchanged, as they always believed in moving at their own pace and growing organically.
“No one knows what’s next… But jewelry is timeless, and we love that about our work,” says Dania. Mariam continues, “We don’t work off of trends, we don’t mass produce, and nothing goes to waste. There’s always a way to reinvent a piece.”

kamushki for miilkiina

The joy of curating a home sanctuary in lockdown periods has inspired the sisters for their next course. Dania shares, “We see Kamushki growing into a lifestyle brand, and we’re working on taking it in that direction.” They hope to translate cultural brand elements of protection through homeware. “We were really inspired by this time… It’s about well being and filling an environment with things that you love,” says Mariam.
As abstract as time currently seems, it remains just as precious. The designers believe it would be unfair to dismiss the progressive changes that have taken place over the last twelve months. “It was a year of growth filled with lots of hope that’s keeping us eager for what’s to come,” says Mariam. Whether it is adornment through jewelry or intimate spaces, Kamushki creates for the future by drawing on the ever-changing present. It’s as clear as it is relevant; protection will never go out of style.

kamushki miilkiina interview

Shop Kamushki at Ounass.

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