Azza Fahmy, a collector and historian of Middle Eastern urban and rural jewelry, started as an apprentice to Cairo silversmiths in the Khan al Khalili and now collaborates with international celebrities (Rihanna) and fashion houses (Preen), often modernizing ancient Egyptian and African motifs. Among several Cairo branches of her eponymous boutique, the one in the Zamalek neighborhood on Gezira Island is closest to the hotel. In the same neighborhood, Suzanne el Masry uses North African enamel,semi precious stones, contemporary and ethnic techniques on silver and bronze to render colorful rings, earrings, and complex necklaces based on leaves, coral, and other natural forms. Find them at Al Qahira, an Egyptian design boutique also selling hand-painted boxes, textiles and handbags.
Azza Fahmy is on Dr. Taha Hussain street, near Amin Al Sargeny and the Port Said Language School. Al Qahira Gallery is on Bahgat Ali Street in Zamalek, on the corner where it meets Mohammed Thakeb St.
AZZA FAHMY: 15 Dr. Taha Hussein St.; 20-2-2735-8354; azzafahmy.com
AL QAHIRA: 6 Bahgat Ali St.,1st floor; 20-11-1313-3932