Get to Know Designer Murat Karagulle of Shiva Design & Jewels



This JCK Tucson exhibitor showed all gold stretchable styles rendered in goldsmithing techniques learned from his father and grandfather

Murat Karagulle’s lean 18k gold looks for Shiva Design & Jewels aren’t typical Turkish-inspired jewelry design. Lithe numbers are executed in 18k yellow and pink gold, and Karagulle’s designs are often set with colorless and irradiated blue diamonds. Plus, he’s got a proprietary flexible effect learned from his dad and grandfather and perfected over his 25-year-long career making jewelry. “We make elastic gold that is hollow inside but strong thanks to a technique of heating and extruding wire until gold is flexible with no coils inside,” he explained last week at JCK Tucson. His team comprises two designers, a stone buyer, and a staffer working in research and development, and everything is made in Turkey. A heavier-looking silver and gold unisex line dubbed Leje also exists.

Starting retail price: $400

Accounts: 112 in the U.S., including Bella Jewelry in Allentown, Pa., and 250 abroad including Artemis in Japan

Trade fairs: Jewelers of America New York, JIS Miami, JCK Las Vegas and Tucson

Retailer buy-in: $10,000

Contact: Murat Karagulle, Cagaloglu, Turkey; 90-212-522-83-70; murat@shivajewels.com

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Ring in 18k gold with 0.14 ct. t.w. irradiated blue diamonds, $910

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Front-to-back earrings in 18k gold with 0.3 ct. t.w. irradiated blue diamonds, $1,580 a pair

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Choker necklace with chain in 18k gold with 0.06 ct. t.w. irradiated blue and 0.05 ct. t.w. colorless diamonds, $2,964

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