Bil Arabi captures the essence of the modern Arab identity in the 21st century as she sees it – unique, unavoidable and with a need to be seen and heard.
Bil Arabi began as a singular ring in 2006; a one-off experiment that merged Kanso’s background in design, her love for typography and predilection for all things bling bling. The result was the Arabic "noon" or the equivalent of the letter "N" in Arabic. Using 18-carat gold and embellished with a semi-precious stone, the ring – entirely handcrafted and designed – was a hit and soon enough, one letter led to the whole alphabet which evolved to complete words and eventually full phrases. People began expressing themselves "Bil Arabi".
Today, the line includes rings, earrings, bracelets, pendants and cufflinks that draw on the inherent beauty, calligraphic shape and lyricism of the Arabic alphabet. Using Yellow, White and Rose gold, along with dazzling precious and semi-precious stones, Kanso updates the traditional letters with her own funky twist, creating a new contemporary visual language that nestles comfortably on your hand, wrist, ear or dangles from your neck. How's that for powerful self-expression?