La Marquise Jewellery and MRM are proud to announce the launch of ‘MRM, the Heritage Collection’ a proud ode to the archaeological discoveries at the Saruq Al-Hadid site, located in the Rub al-Khali desert.
MRM is the prestigious brand that retails exclusive jewellery pieces amongst other memorabilia related to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
This prehistoric site was discovered amongst the dunes by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai. For nearly a decade, La Marquise Jewellery has been fine-tuning a first-of-its-kind jewellery collection that embodies the remarkable treasures that have been uncovered.
For those not familiar with Saruq Al Hadid, which directly translates to ‘the way of iron’, the area is located in the northern edge of the great Rub al-Khali desert, at the crossroads of sea and land routes between some of the most influential civilisations of the time. Numerous objects have been excavated from the site, which was once a center for metalworks around 3,000 years ago. Saruq Al Hadid was discovered by chance in 2002, by His Highness whilst flying over the desert in his helicopter, where he noticed unusual dune formations and requested further investigation into the terrain. The excavation continues to this day, already having revealed evidence of ancient metalwork and gold, with only a small portion of the site being actually uncovered to date. The findings are cited as one of the greatest archaeological discoveries to come out of the region in recent years, providing a fresh insight into the past and an opportunity to pay tribute to a golden age of UAE craftsmanship and design.
Using references from these findings, La Marquise has explored various design routes to celebrate the site and long-lost heritage of the region. All gold findings were studied in detail and replicas of each piece were made with exacting dimensions. The circular motif designs in particular were used by His Highness to inspire the Dubai Expo 2020 logo. The stunning collection from La Marquise comprises an imperial amalgamation of hand-cut and polished gemstones and 18K gold, paying homage to a 3,000 year old heritage. Using vibrant gemstones, natural white diamonds and excellent cuts including Green Malachite, Red Coral, Aqeeq, Freshwater Pearls and Mother of Pearl, which are all internationally sourced through ethical and responsible mines, these pieces are the true essence of heritage and luxury.