24-karat gold jewelry icon Gurhan makes appearance at Squash Blossom in Vail
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What: Gurhan personal appearance and trunk show.
When: Reception 3-8 p.m. Friday, March 18; store hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.
Where: Squash Blossom, 198 Gore Creek Drive, Vail Village.
Cost: Admission is free.
More information: Call 970-476-3129, or visit squashblossom.com.
Gurhan, a jewelry designer whose name is synonymous with 24-karat gold, will be in Vail today and Saturday for a trunk show and personal appearance at Squash Blossom on Gore Creek Drive. His last visit to Vail was in 2007.
Years ago, before he became the iconic jewelry designer he is today, Gurhan encountered a small sheet of pure 24-karat gold. The warmth and malleability of the material intrigued him, and thus he began searching for a technique that strengthened the pure gold enough to make it into jewelry.
Going around to jewelers in his home of Istanbul, Turkey, Gurhan asked them how to work with this complex material. The jewelers at the Grand Bazar laughed at him and told him that it could not be done.
Not to be deterred, Gurhan went to museums and studied the works of ancient goldsmiths. Re-creating tools similar to the ones that these historic people used, he developed a process of hand-hammering and annealing, which hardens and textures the material so it may be worn daily.
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Gurhan is now famous for his pioneering work in 24-karat gold, and he still carries the original sheet of gold he first encountered in his wallet as a source of inspiration. But Gurhan finds inspiration in more than gold.
“I have been asked before about my inspiration and I said, ‘First, I dream the woman,’” he said. “People laugh at me, but it’s true. I have to imagine a woman — her neck, her style, her bearing — to really be able to turn simple gold and stones into jewelry.”
Gurhan’s jewelry embodies women who are confident, bold and defined. His unique style sets him apart from other designers, and the women who wear his pieces are just as distinctive. Learn more about the artist at http://www.gurhan.com.