Creating a family business is amazing and has been the realization of Meyla's life-long dream. We are grateful to have each other as sisters, Nevra and Meyla, working together as co-founders of Beksan Designs. But what was truly gratifying was seeing our Turkish mother's eyes light up knowing we named our company after her father. Beksan was his surname. We have created a family business honoring the legacy of our grandfather. It has been a true labor of love! During this difficult time, we hold on to our travel and childhood memories and want to share our inspiration for creating Beksan Designs with you.
As children we learned so much from our grandmother, together we visited Topkapi Palace and discovered the beauty of both precious and semi-precious gemstones. Emeralds, diamonds, and turquoise set in daggers and beautiful antique Ottoman era jewelry pieces. We acquired an appreciation for the essential balance between beauty, creativity, and craftsmanship. The museums and shops in Istanbul are rich with beautiful jewelry and historic pieces. We discovered our love for jewelry in the shops of Istanbul, Turkey. The unique look of Ottoman era jewelry made with gemstones, 24k gold and sterling silver served as the inspiration for Beksan Designs brand aesthetic.
As sisters, we agreed that we wanted to create a stylish, sustainably sourced, high quality, and affordable jewelry business. With those values in mind, we started by creating our Antika Collection, Semi-Precious Stone & Crystal Collections. The metals used are eco-friendly, meaning a sterling silver base dipped into melted 24k gold called 24k gold vermeil. Some of our favorite gemstones are labradorite, mother of pearl, rose quartz, lapis, and turquoise. We hand select our stones and all pieces are hand crafted.
Our Zinc dipped in Silver and Silver collections were inspired by their uniqueness, ecological sustainability, and for being hypo-allergenic. Of note, our silver collection is made with .925 pure sterling silver. We are grateful to our Turkish colleague who introduced us to working with zinc dipped in .925 silver and enjoy combining these metals with gemstones to create unique designs.
In 2011 a business was born and Beksan Designs continues to be here for you today and hopefully for many years to come. Before passing away last year, our mom was thrilled that the jewelry and accessories we offer have been so well received and that we are sharing her heritage with our customers. Whenever we talked about Beksan Designs, I remember her saying “it’s amazing that you have made this come alive and that people can enjoy beautiful gemstones and a variety of metals from Turkey and the US!” We are lucky that she understood and shared the joy and excitement we're experiencing in developing this business.
We hope you explore our website, join our Virtual Trunk Show(s), and contact us directly during these uncertain times. Creating a legacy that reflects one’s heritage while sharing the beauty and magic of Turkey and the United States is what Beksan Designs is all about. We appreciate our customers and will continue to share more about who we are and why we are here for you!