GURHAN brilliantly handcrafts designs wrought from pure 24-karat gold and each piece of exquisite jewelry bears signs of his craftsmanship. The distinguished designer will be a special guest of Sanibel’s Lily & Co. Jewelers March 24-26 with an exclusive cocktail reception from 5 to 9 p.m. March 24.
“The evening is a wonderful chance to be introduced to GURHAN and his exceptional work,” said Lily & Co. Owners Dan Schuyler and Karen Bell. “We are delighted to have him visit us; he is a wonderful, personable man with a true gift for designing pure gold jewelry.”
It was in the early 1990s when GURHAN was handed a sheet of pure 24-karat gold during a casual trip to Istanbul. He was immediately drawn to its warmth and sensuality. After locking himself in his Grand Bazaar workshop for nearly four years, GURHAN emerged with his first fine jewelry pieces using the unique material.
Before him, pure gold jewelry had not been made since ancient times which led him to reject modern techniques and study those used by ancient goldsmiths. GURHAN reincarnated the ancients, bringing their craft into today’s modern world.
Twenty years after discovering pure gold GURHAN continues to deny traditional jewelry design boundaries and evolve with his three different lines created from three different metals. He has become a leader in both the fine jewelry and fashion worlds.
Meet the man behind the jewelry at the Lily-style cocktail reception (March 24) with hors d’oeuvres and live music or two-day open house from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (March 25-26). It promises to be a golden way to celebrate end of season on the islands.