This is my sixth visit to Turkey. On the first trips we had tour guides and saw all the ancient ruins of the Turkish and Roman empires. We were awed by the beauty and the idea of civilizations coming and going for over 2,500 years, each leaving treasures still undisturbed.
But, as we continued to visit Turkey we began to concentrate more on the unique jewelry to buy for the shop. The Grand Bazaar, the oldest continuing shopping center in the world, with over 4,000 vendors. The beauty of it's history has been so well preserved!
I now have established friendship with many of the vendors and return to visit them every year. I also continue to search out women designers and business owner.
Pictured is one young woman, Ebru, who owns not only a wholesale and retail store but also a jewelry manufacturing company with her family. From her I bought baroque pearls set in the unique crystal encrusted style unique to this area and calcedony druzy jewelry in designs that are very popular in the US.
Pictured next is the most creative jewelry designer I've ever met, Zara, so modest and unassuming you would be shocked at the outrageous jewelry she has created. She can wire wrap a chain like never seen, add gemstones, pearls and unique Turkish pieces to make all one of a kind or special order designs. I bought over 30 of her creations.
And pictured on the right is the sweetest quite (doesn't speak English at all) man I always search out for ethnic and unique pieces. One of his designs is shown below.
So when I'm in this ancient country and the people are so kind to me...I feel like a queen! :)
I not only visited a jewelry factory (see my latest video) but I shopped and ate every day for six days. These are some of the many pieces of jewelry I bought that will be in the shop soon and the website.
Oh, and by the way did I mention the delicious food, the fresh tomato salads, lamb kabobs and of course the deserts, pictured here is honey soaked shredded wheat stuffed with pistachios and sugar and did I mention I gain a couple of pounds!