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You can say Nurhan was destined for the jewelry business from birth.  Nurhan’s Great-Grandfather on his father’s side, Nishan Terdzakian, owned a jewelry store in the most prestigious quarter of the Grand Bazaar called Iç Bedestan.  Due to political events that targeted minority populations in what was the Ottoman Empire, it is difficult to know prior to Nishan’s time what exact trades the family were in.  However, it is safe to assume, even well before Nishan’s time, Nurhan’s ancestors were involved in the jewelry business for trades in Armenian culture are typically passed down through the family.

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On the other side of the family, Nurhan’s uncle, Massis, apprenticed in the Grand Bazaar.  He in turn apprenticed Nurhan beginning when he was just 11 years old.  Massis decided to immigrate to the USA in the late 1970s and turned a few hundred dollars into a multi-million dollar jewelry manufacturing and retail business.  Like many first generation immigrants to the United States, Nurhan was expected to work in the family business.  Nurhan would come after school to the business to learn his craft and by 16 was the youngest recipent of  the People’s Choice Award at the Las Vegas International Jewelry Show.  By 17, he was overseeing the jewelry manufacturing for over 40 businesses and designers.

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On a visit back to Istanbul, Nurhan saw a huge opportunity for a jewelry business that is not possible in the States.  His passion is to continue developing the old techniques the Grand Bazaar’s master jewelers are known for.  He realized that with his American business experience and complete jewelry manufacturing expertise, the possibilities for jewelry creativity in Istanbul are endless.  Nurhan  began integrating himself into the jewelry market in Istanbul when another twist of fate introduced him to Avni.

 

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Maureen Gumus is a writer, editor, jewelry enthusiast, and world traveler.Originally from the U.S., Maureen is proud to call Istanbul her home - one that she shares with her master jeweler husband, Nurhan, and their cat, Mink.

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