Sevan Bicakci Grand Bazaar
Known for his elaborate, exquisitely-carved domed rings that seem to evoke the Byzantine and Ottoman history of Istanbul, Sevan Bicakci is an artisan of the highest order. His atelier is not in the business of creating cookie-cutter jewellery. There’s no assembly line here. No pieces made to order. His jewellery is inspired, suffused with history, and utterly covetable.
And it spans a huge range, depending on what gems have been sourced, what stories are wanting to be told, what motifs are used. His boutique near the Grand Bazaar, one of two in Istanbul (there’s another in Ankara, and one in Miami’s Design District in the United States), might offer up such pieces as a Balustrade bracelet of gold, silver, sapphires and diamonds. Perhaps a gold, silver, and diamond-studded Treasure Chest pendant necklace. Or a domed ring encasing a miniature swan and encircled with almost wing-like diamonds. Maybe even crushed turquoise micro-mosaic earrings.
But it’s hard to say for sure, and that’s just part of the appeal. A Sevan Bicakci piece will be one-of-a-kind at the very least – and, most likely, unlike anything you’ve seen before. (Unless, you become a repeat visitor to the boutique, which is understandable). After all, Sevan Bicakci’s jewellery pieces are essentially wearable sculptures and what’s not to lust after about that?