Spring Work & Play in Istanbul!

The tulips were in full bloom, the weather delightful, and the time spent with our artisans and friends fantastic! Prior to our arrival, we worked with our Turkish artisans via today’s technology and many phone calls to begin the design process.

We stayed at the Niles Hotel in the old part of Istanbul near the Grand Bazaar.  A typical day started with a lovely buffet breakfast on the hotel’s roof terrace, enjoying the panoramic sea view.  After breakfast, we made the rounds visiting our artisan colleagues.

A month ago, we had begun the process, having sent sketches for new jewelry designs.  The result—exciting new earrings, bracelets, rings, and necklaces, using a variety of colorful gemstones and metals.  We’ve created some original, beautiful settings for our 24kt gold vermeil Antika collection too!  Our handcrafted silver pieces boast many different types of stones, including, but not limited to black onyx, mother-of-pearl, and turquoise.  Because our zinc dipped in silver collection has been so well received, we have expanded our product offerings in this collection as well.   And the new scarves we added to our scarf collection are as soft as they are beautiful!

Creating one-of-a kind pieces across price points is what we enjoy doing most. Wait till you see them!  You can check them out at our upcoming Spring and Summer events, www.beksandesings.com/events, at our retail partners, and some of the new items will be on our website soon.  We also offer Personal Shopping of our new designs at our in-home boutique where you can comfortably pick out something perfect at trunk show prices!  In LA, contact nevra@beksandesigns.com or in SF Bay Area, meyla@beksandesigns.com for this exclusive experience!

Although the days in Istanbul were work-filled, the evenings afforded time to indulge in delicious Turkish cuisine and spend time with friends.  I don’t know what we enjoyed most, the eggplant, the chicken kebabs, or the special Turkish guvech stew that has such an amazing combination of flavors!  We also loved the variety of Turkish meze appetizers and the delicious light desserts.

We realized we had never been in Istanbul in Spring together, and it is truly beautiful!  Tulips, Turkey’s national flower, were in bloom EVERYWHERE reminding us of this season of re-birth.  And with this trip, Beksan Designs is “springing” into our next season with many new hand-crafted offerings to share with you.  Looking forward to showing them to you soon!


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