GURHAN has reintroduced the jewelry world to its heritage
The launch of GURHAN took the jewelry world to places it had not been for centuries. Commissioned to create a jewelry collection for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gurhan is recognized as a master of bringing history to life again and he is highly regarded for the integrity of his mission to do so. Notable among his contributions to the world of fine jewelry are three pivotal achievements:
- Gurhan is credited for propelling 24 karat gold jewelry into popularity as a metal for contemporary fine jewelry.
- Gurhan has reincarnated the lost techniques of the ancient goldsmiths, preserving artisanship from history for posterity.
- Gurhan has breathed new life into ancient artifacts and reintroduced them as adornments for today’s woman.
GURHAN is at the intersection of purity and performance.
When Gurhan first started working in pure gold he ignored the common belief that it was too soft, heavy and expensive for jewelry. He studied the craft of the ancient goldsmiths of the Anatolian and Byzantine empires, the world’s first goldsmiths, then refined their methods to develop his now signature technique.
Today his designs are driven by the combined need for purity and performance: every piece must achieve strength, lightness and affordability, as well as beauty in its design. He quickly realized that only by using the most careful techniques is it possible to address the issues of softness, expense and weight.
Many other jewelers alloy gold with different metals but this technique sacrifices the color, beauty and purity of using pure 24k gold. The greatest challenge for the earliest goldsmiths was to strengthen the notoriously soft metal, while also making it lightweight and wearable. Ancient jewelers achieved this by hand-hammering the metal to harden it and by reinforcing the shapes with natural elements. Gurhan has embraced both of these techniques, his “fingerprints” being the visual signature of his work. He also uses lower karat gold (22k or 18k) in earring posts, hooks, and clasps to ensure that these critical ‘moving’ parts’ are not vulnerable to daily wear and tear.
GURHAN is also Silver.
Continually innovating and evolving, Gurhan introduced sterling silver to his designs in recent years, all of which are “kissed” with 24k gold. Bringing his signature hand-hewn aesthetic to sterling silver, Gurhan has created designs unlike anything the silver world has seen.