a marriage of passions
The GURHAN Brand began when Fiona’s lifelong passion for handmade creations met with Gurhan’s 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 travelled 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.
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 Gurhan.
Together, they create jewelry that informs, inspires and empowers the woman who values individual expression and beauty to be found in handmade artworks.
A Maverick of Technique & Design
Often referred to as a maverick, Gurhan defied the common wisdom advising him against working in 24K gold. It’s too soft, he was told. It’s too heavy and customers will never buy it, he heard time and time again. But Gurhan disagreed and studied the ancient craftsmen who were responsible for producing some of the world’s most magnificent and precious creations. By incorporating their techniques, Gurhan developed his own unique method of design and began producing the designs for which he is now so well known.
Made in our Own Workshop
GURHAN is one of the only major jewelry brands that hand crafts every piece in its own company workshop. It is here that skilled artisans - all trained by Gurhan himself — produce outstanding designs with an unwavering dedication to superlative quality. Working in sterling silver, 24K gold and other high karat metals, every piece is treated with individual care and attention.
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