We’ve been following Durrah Jewellery on Facebook and Instagram with great interest as founder and designer Durrah Khalil was once a d’Overbroeck’s student. Originally from Malaysia, Durrah (shown below wearing some of her jewellery) studied at d’Overbroeck’s between 1998 and 2001, taking GCSEs before going on to sit A levels in Spanish, Economics and Sociology.
With the strapline, ‘Refined for Travel’, Durrah’s jewellery line is composed of travel-friendly, airport security conscious, bold and classic pieces which can be worn year-round, styled with pieces that you might already own. After training at Tiffany & Co. in the UK, she launched Durrah Jewellery in November 2013 before moving to California to expand the business. Durrah sends her designs to artisan jewellery makers in Italy who then craft the necklaces, bracelets rings and earrings shown here from sterling silver plated in rhodium and 22k gold.
We’d like to say we always knew Durrah would make a success of her business and, in fact, we can… Writing on her UCAS application, Durrah’s Director of Studies said, ‘Durrah genuinely wants to succeed and is quite meticulous in her approach. Whilst she often strives for perfection, her presentation and organisational abilities are very impressive!’ d’Overbroeck’s Founder, Malcolm von Biervleit, taught Durrah for Spanish A level and wrote on her report at the time, ‘No student could be more motivated, enthusiastic or industrious…’.
Whist at Sixth Form, Durrah worked part time at Oxfam where she says she learnt about their initiatives in developing countries aimed at providing better standards of living for the local population. She then decided to pursue work experience in a business-oriented environment and interned with shoe designer Jimmy Choo, experience which led to a lifelong mentorship. At Durrah’s press conference in 2014, Jimmy Choo was amongst the distinguished guests. Since then, Durrah says she has made it her mission to show exactly why everyone needs a piece of the travel-friendly line of jewellery from her range. Take a look at her website at www.durrahjewellery.com
We wish her continued success and hope to see her back here for a visit sometime soon.