02 Mar A lifelong love story turned world renowned jewelry brand, Meet GURHAN at Saks Fifth Ave!
Imagine creating the finest, rare gold handcrafted jewelry intertwined with a lifelong love story. A journey between two world travelers; this is the brand of GURHAN. Founded by jewelry designer Gurhan and his wife Fiona, the GURHAN Brand began when Fiona’s lifelong passion for handmade creations met with Gurhan early forays into designing and making jewelry.
Traveling on vacation in Turkey in the mid-eighties, Fiona found some of Gurhan’s pieces in a small seaside store only a matter of months after he had first started making jewelry. She was instantly taken with the hand-crafted quality, almost raw nature of his pieces. Fiona had long traveled around the world, seeking out and collecting handmade art, and Gurhan’s jewelry turned out to be her most significant find – in life and in business.
Gurhan and his wife Fiona
When Fiona finally tracked Gurhan down in exotic Istanbul, they discovered a host of common interests, including their passion for the artisanal design found in ancient cultures. With sparks of love in the air, she persuaded him to visit her in New York and to allow her to introduce him to the jewelry market in the United States. Now, 25 years later and long-married, the pair have combined their talents to create an internationally renowned brand which both stays true to its historical heritage as well as leading the way in today’s jewelry world.
Growing up in Turkey, becoming a jeweler was far from the thoughts and dreams of a young Gurhan Orhan. Instead, always the “discoverer,” Gurhan pursued a variety of eclectic interests which included building hi-fi equipment, making watches in Switzerland, and even operating a rock bar in Turkey. It was only when he held his first piece of 24K gold that his passion for jewelry was born. Today, Gurhan is known as the designer who reincarnated the use of 24K gold in modern fine jewelry design. Gurhan can be found most days in his beloved Atelier where, hammer in hand, he spends his time putting the finishing touch on clients’ custom designs.
While Fiona is known for having created the business behind the brand, now 25 years since she first met Gurhan, Fiona is just as passionately involved in the creation of jewelry as Gurhan himself. Fiona scours the markets of the world for the stones and antiquities that are the soul of the brand’s one-of-a-kind creations and she lays them out in the extraordinary designs that become the finished pieces under Gurhan’s technical eye. Her love of GURHAN jewelry is an extension of her commitment to the handmade process and preservation of the craftsmanship of the earliest goldsmiths that first inspired Gurahan.
Together, they create jewelry that informs, inspires and empowers the woman who values individual expression and beauty to be found in handmade artworks.
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Happening March 4, 2021, GURHAN will be having a trunk show in San Antonio, Texas at Saks Fifth Avenue, North Star Mall to share a passion for creating beautiful wearable art. Join Saks Fifth Avenue from 10:00am -5:00pm, at North Star Mall, located on 7400 San Pedro Ave, San Antonio, TX 78216, as GURHAN showcases their signature pieces of pure gold including the delicate hand-crafted items and the elegant craftsmanship they are known for. Each piece tells a timeless story and journey of how GURHAN views the world around him. The influences behind his work come from the history and cultures that GURHAN feels enrich the world today. As he and his partner Fiona, travel the world admiring these diverse art and cultures, he has stated that his jewelry is inevitability a reflection of the world’s riches. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience fine jewelry art and culture in San Antonio, Texas.