Nelida Nassar 11.11.2013
A month ago, I discovered Pink Henna boutique and loved its vintage charm and unique selection of jewelry pieces. Pink Henna is like entering a flea market without the haggling patrons and piles of junk. With pieces mainly discovered worldwide that have unique flair, this boutique offers a variety of affordable items from pearl strands, brass watches, turquoise rings and even clip-on earrings from couture designers. The eclectic collection spans from the pre-1900s to the 1980s, but the store also has some re-worked pieces like Victorian jacket buttons made into rings.
Pink Henna has enough eccentric pieces that you can make your own creation, like antique keys that could be added to a long layering necklace, or pins that could double as barrettes. There’s something about a piece of jewelry, even costume jewelry, that’s been made before mass production was popular and is entirely individual. It’s places like Pink Henna that keep this “something” alive and rolling for those that are tired of same run of the mill pieces.
The place is incredibly organized. When looking through the packed store, if what you’re looking for is not out, make sure to take some time and check the glass cases filled with random extras that will make you feel like you’ve discovered a treasure at the bottom of the bargain bin (without the actual rummaging). The necklaces, cuff links, broaches are separated by color and style, making your search a little easier. Ask any questions you need to about the jewelry, it’s certain the owner Naela Nammour can gracefully answer them for you and give you incredibly helpful and knowledgeable historical detailed information about each piece.
Jewelry is not the only specialty, the store also have a wide variety of accessories including vintage bags, clutches, belts, scarves, gloves, hats, and more, such as a cosmetic carved mirror from a 1930’s. Also check out the home goods, knick knacks, antique furniture where you can find Bauhaus vases, 1920’s and 1930’s lighting, 1940’s candle holders and mirrors, and even obscure black-and-white photos.
We all have secret places, and we all remember our first ‘secret one,’ like our first crush but, it has been years since a place has made me giddy enough to warrant my secret-shopper instincts. This is the kind of boutique you do not tell anyone about. Not for the normal reasons (bad service, lousy products, etc.) but because you have some naive hope that this store is your secret gem and if you don’t tell anyone about it maybe, just maybe, it can survive on your purchases alone. I no longer dream of my secret gem being my own, personal secret proves that secret gem of the world is most likely secret gems to many others. Let it become yours if it is not yet. So, you must check out the amazing loot at Pink Henna, I doubt you could be disappointed with this marvelous little shop that I am most definitely in love with.
Pharaon Street, Khanikian Building, Mar Mikhael, Beirut – Lebanon
Phone: 961.01.570.361 – E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org