Not just inspired by nature but made from remnants of natural objects with love. Created by Somaia Omar, Soju is an emerging handcrafted silver jewelry brand that was brought into being this summer by the magical shores of the Red Sea. Somaia had discovered her passion for jewelry in 2019 when she decided to attend a workshop about the fundamentals of jewelry making. ‘I have always been intrigued about jewelry making and I was curious to learn more about the process of turning a design into a piece and how this all works.’ said Somaia.
The jewelry maker started this whole journey on her own with a small bench and some simple tools, she loves working with her own hands, and her yearning to explore and learn more about jewelry is what gives her a push forward. ‘The time I spend on that bench with my tools working on a piece from nature that I find interesting is just indescribable. This is the time when I am the happiest I could be.’ Somaia explains.
For her first collection ‘Things I See’ Somaia collected broken pieces from nature that are no longer alive or functional, like broken seashells, and uses the organic casting technique to turn them into beautiful and unique pieces. Her biggest challenge at the beginning was finding her way through Khan El Khalili’s workshop and finding a trustworthy person who would get these wax molds done, but by time, she began building relationships with people in Khan El Khalili and has now become her second home.
As a jewelry maker doing it all on her own, she chose ‘Soju’ to represent initials of her name Somia Omar and jewelry. She dreams that as she grows old, she will continue doing things the same way, working with her own hands, crafting pieces by herself, no factories no machines, to keep the concept of originality and uniqueness alive and create a connection between the pieces and those who will wear it.