NEW YORK — Accessories designer Mona Saab, sister of designer Elie Saab, died of complications from breast cancer on Wednesday at the American Hospital University in Beirut, Lebanon. She was 37.

Saab designed her eponymous jewelry collection, which was sold in boutiques in Europe and the Middle East, for 15 years. Her pieces were included in the looks shown on the runway at her brother Elie’s couture and ready-to-wear shows. Saab, who lived in Beirut, was known for her use of soft metals and semiprecious stones in belts, necklaces and earrings.

“She was a sister and a friend,” Elie Saab said through a spokeswoman. “Mona was a great support for me since the beginning of my career; my first dress was made for her. I feel devastated by her death.”

In addition to Elie, Saab is survived by two other brothers, Dany and Michel, and a sister, Hanna. Funeral services were held Thursday in Beirut.

This story first appeared in the October 11, 2004 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.