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Barwa Bank, Private Banking to host rare Asprey diamonds exhibition

Doha, November 10, 2012 - Barwa Bank, Qatar's fastest growing Shari’ah compliant banking service provider, will host the most exclusive exhibition of coloured diamonds with the renowned British luxury house and jeweller, Asprey.  The special occasion will be held to mark the launch of the bank’s Private Banking division on the 13th of November, at the Museum of Islamic Art.

 His Excellency Sheikh Mohammad bin Hamad bin Jassim al Thani, Chairman, Barwa Bank will attend the event along with Barwa Bank senior management, John Rigas, Chairman of Asprey, and other distinguished guests. 

 Aicha H Meddah, Head of Private Banking, Barwa Bank said, “Our Private Banking proposition delivers a level of service for clients that is highly personalized to meet private clients’ particular needs, so we wanted to mark its launch with a unique event in partnership with Asprey; it will surely be one of the most exceptional and precious collections of coloured diamonds gathered under one roof.  On behalf of Barwa Bank, we look forward to welcoming Asprey and our Private Banking clients to this exclusive event .”

 During the evening there will be an auction of the Oakleaf Diamond Pendant designed by Shaun Leane for Asprey with all the proceeds being donated to charity. The Pendant features brown Diamonds and a Fancy Deep Orangey Brown Heart Shape Diamond which symbolises nature shielding our children. This unique item was made for this event to allow Barwa Bank and Asprey to contribute in a small way, to the and the education development of children and youth in the Middle East & Asia through Reach Out To Asia (ROTA).

 “We were pleased to be part of this prestigious event organized by Barwa Bank where Reach Out To Asia would benefit from the proceeds raised by the auction of the “Oakleaf Diamond Pendant”; a unique piece with a design inspired from Reach Out To Asia vision where we envision a world in which all young people have access to the education they need in order to realize their full potential and shape the development of their communities.” said Mr. Essa Al Mannai – Executive Director of Reach Out To Asia (ROTA)

 John Rigas, Chairman of Asprey spoke about the company’s pleasure to be in Qatar, “We’re delighted to be in Qatar and collaborate with Barwa Bank to make the launch of its Private Banking division truly special.  Doha is fast emerging as a regional attraction for the fashion and luxury industry and Asprey wants to contribute. We will display a large number of rare coloured diamonds, each of which will be accompanied by designs inspired by Islamic Art, created exclusively for this exhibition. In addition, we will also display finished jewellery sets. Moreover, this will be a collection representing all the important colours of diamonds which is certain to amuse, astonish and amaze the viewer of natures’ creative powers.”

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