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Lebanese Designer Sparks Controversy With Diamond-encrusted Ring Inspired by Beirut Port Blast

Nada Ghazal said the ring's diamonds on top reminded her of the dust clouds she saw after the explosion. (Photo: Forbes screen grab/Twitter)

Nada Ghazal said the ring's diamonds on top reminded her of the dust clouds she saw after the explosion. (Photo: Forbes screen grab/Twitter)

Lebanese designer Nada Ghazal has sparked outrage after she made a 18-carat yellow gold and champagne diamond ring to represent Beirut's resilience in the face of the aftermath of the port blast last year.

A Lebanese jewellery designer is facing serious outrage after she created and released her latest piece of jewellery, ‘The Blast Ring’ that is reportedly inspired by the devastating Beirut explosions that tore through the city. Nada Ghazal has sparked off controversy after she created and released a 18-carat yellow gold and champagne diamond ring, which Ghazal said is supposed to represent Beirut’s strength and resilience in the face of the aftermath of the tragedy. The ring is currently priced at $5,830. Ghazal has been accused of trying to profit off the tragedy and death of so many people.

Ghazal, who reportedly lost her workshop, then existing store and suffered great damages to her home, told Forbes that the champagne diamonds set atop the ring were “reminiscent of the dust clouds she saw after the explosion."

Netizens were left outraged as the photos of the jewellery piece went viral who felt Ghazal was trying to make bucks out of the tragedy of her fellow countrymen and women.

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This is not the first time designers have tried to incorporate elements and themes of the Beirut blast into their projects. Last year, an accessories brand in Lebanon was criticised for selling a bag made of glass from the August 4 Beirut port blast. The brand named Vanina had said it was trying to pay tribute to the victims of the blast but was called out for the insensitiveness.

The Beirut port blast killed over 200 people and injured 6,000 and also led to serious destruction of people’s homes and properties.

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first published:March 02, 2021, 10:17 IST