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Sevan BICAKCI | Jewelries for the Love of Istanbul

Sevan BICAKCI | Jewelries for the Love of Istanbul

For almost ten years, he served bigger jewelry manufacturers as a freelance model maker. Though his reputation then was very good, he was known for being a master at solving serious problems.

As important as he was to others, Sevan started to feel uncomfortable with the fact that he was not pushing his creative limits in terms of design at all. Yet, at the same time, he was forced to think in financial terms as well so model-making helped him save money --- and sure enough, that money turned out to be the capital he used for his first collection.

Byzantine and Ottoman palaces, churches, mosques, fountains, mausoleums and bazaars have been his every day environment for at least 20 years. His biggest wish was to convert his dreams shaped by the magical influence of Istanbul's history, which have been there for more than two thousand years.

Sevan says that there's no way to be isolated from the past and his surroundings. Istanbul's spirit inevitably fills its people and as just one of them, Sevan wanted to reflect it with his works. That's when he decided it was time for him to come up with his own collection. It took Sevan approximately a year to prepare the first part of it, which he debuted to the Turkish public in March, 2002.

Sevan's concern is never with the materials. The only important thing for him is the outcome and he feels so fortunate because of the generosity of Mother Nature in supplying us with such a large variety of genuine, from the earth materials. Sevan takes whatever is necessary and, of course, available, to make each work match the respective initial dream. Quite often, one work consists of 18K and 24K gold, sterling silver, diamonds, enamel work and a variety of colored gemstones.

Sevan doesn't design for a certain price point. Since his launch in Turkey, most of his sales have been to private clients in Istanbul. The most of his works are uniquely crafted and time consuming at the workbench, therefore prevents him from mass production, so the number of sales to this point has been very limited.

Sevan doesn't expect the masses to understand or desire his jewelry.

He feels that he doesn't appeal to women looking for accessories. Instead, he feels his jewelry puts itself in the foreground, shifting the role of the wearer to that of a medium between itself and the beholders.

And appropriately he says,

"I like jewelry that communicates..."





Town Country Award, 2007

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