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Master goldsmith Gurhan is one of the few designers in the world to craft jewelry from 24-karat gold, pioneering its re-introduction. In 1994, he discovered his calling when he touched his first sheet of pure gold. Mesmerized by the purity of the material, the Turkish designer committed himself to reviving the lost art of working with pure gold. Studying the work of ancient goldsmiths from the Anatolian and Byzantine empires, he refined their methods to develop his own signature technique. Nearly 25 years later, the Gurhan brand is renowned around the world for its distinctive creations, easily identifiable by their hammered high karat gold and rich lustrous hue. Craftsmen, personally trained by Gurhan in his Turkish workshop, forge the designs by hand. Gurhan also maintains a studio and boutique in New York City, where he resides.
IN HIS WORDS
“When I decided to make jewelry, I did it for the sake of 24k gold. I took the challenge and decided to see how they did it in old times. It was love at first sight. I love to bring this ancient art back to life. The main DNA of Gurhan is hammering. I hammer as much as possible, even small pieces. The color is very important—the color of the gold, the high karat 24K gold color—is very rich.”
WHAT WE LOVE
Slipping on a Gurhan piece is like traveling back in time. Inspired by antiquities and historical pieces from ancient empires, Gurhan crafts distinctive jewelry that evokes a sense of history and significance. From his signature 24-karat hammered gold to his use of rose-cut diamonds, briolettes and micro-mosaics, each piece feels like a treasure—a unique artifact that easily could have been unearthed from an emperor’s tomb. His passion for gold and artisanship is evident in every design. We love the purity, romance and sheer beauty of his pieces, which manage to feel both majestic and modern at the same time. Each is an heirloom waiting to be passed on.