Selim Mouzannar grew up close to the legendary gold souk of Beirut where his father and grandfather were jewelers before him. Initially resisting the family occupation, he spent time in Europe before finally returning to Beirut and starting his own jewelry collection in 1993. His work reflects the influence of ancient Ottoman techniques with a more modern, European sensibility as seen in his Transparency collection, which includes this Amal necklace - a result of his collaboration with Muzo. It combines 47 emeralds from the famous Colombian mines with eight, rare trapiche emeralds that Selim has been accumulating for many years. Organic gold bars appear to extend from the cartwheel-shaped inclusions that form naturally in the emeralds, in a bib that is both modern and romantic.