Live from Baselworld: New Gurhan Look for Gold Lovers

Turkish jeweler Gurhan Orhan may work magic at the bench,
but even he can’t charm the price of gold down to a more reasonable sum. To
that end, he unveiled a silver line two years ago to offer some lower price
points, and last summer, he unveiled a proprietary gold alloy dubbed 4/24. This
week during Baselworld, the prolific designer gave attendees a peek at his
high-end bronze designs, mixed with his signature 24k gold.

Gurhan

From left: green turquoise and 24k gold bangle bracelet,
$6,600; cuff in 24k gold and patinated bronze, $11,200; hard bangle in 24k gold and patinated bronze,
$5,300.

Orhan’s bronze is cast—pieces aren’t fabricated from sheet,
like many bronze lines—and the patterns were inspired by artifacts from “Afghanistan:
Hidden Treasures from the National Museum, Kabul,” an exhibit for which he was
commissioned to design jewelry on display at the Met.

“These pieces are a precursor to what we’ll bring to Las
Vegas,” explained Fiona Tilley, Orhan’s wife and business partner.


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