Jewellery for your soul” is how TinyOm’s creator and designer Virginie Dreyer describes her delicate, fine gold pieces. “My customers are women who, like me, want their style to reflect not just great taste and design, but also something with symbolic significance,” she tells us. As a yoga instructor, expat Dreyer was moved by the philosophies of the ancient practice and decided to base her creations on its principles. That’s what led her to founding TinyOm, named after the “Om” mantra, back in 2012.
In another lifetime, she was a lawyer in Paris. But, after moving to Bahrain 12 years ago, she was inspired by the local goldsmiths in her adopted home country and began to visualise a line of jewellery, each piece designed as a talisman.
These days she works with Al Zain, one of the Middle East’s oldest and most respected jewellers, to craft 18-carat rose or white gold pieces, which are available to buy online or from boutiques in Bahrain and America.
Here, her collections are sold at Words BookStore Café, Al Zain and, soon, Four Seasons Bahrain Bay. However, if you buy something online, ten percent of the profits are donated to a charity that works to improve the lives of handicapped children and adults in the South of France.
Or, you could just head along to Words BookStore Café on November 2 and 3, from 6pm, where Dreyer is launching two new, festive lines called Talisman and Flower of Life at a pop-up event.