Turks are famous for their jewellery making skills. They inherit the mastery of the jewellery making from their ancestors, the Ottomans. However, it should be mentioned that not every jewellery that you buy from Turkey or Istanbul is going to be original Ottoman jewellery. It is important to point out this confusion among the visitors of Istanbul. There is usually jewellery found with the traditional, signature, Ottoman style which is what people tend to call “original Ottoman”.
It should also be noted that if a piece of jewellery was literally original Ottoman jewellery, it would be incredibly expensive.
There are different types of jewellery you can find in Istanbul ranging from silver to gold. One place that offers a wide range of jewellery is the famous Grand Bazaar. Grand Bazaar is the perfect place for you to get to know the tradition and culture of Turkey which include the jewellery. However, the shops you come across in Grand Bazaar may not be what you are looking for or the number of options may be confusing for you. On the other hand, if you know what you are doing, it could be an amazing opportunity for you to find just what you have been looking for. If you wish to buy silver jewellery,
Gumus Dukkani in Fatih district, close to the Blue Mosque, is a good place that is recommended. You can find both modern and traditional designs in this particular shop with reasonable prices. If you wish medium quality jewellery, you can visit Kuyumcu Firsati in Sultanahmet where you can find both silver and gold jewellery. If you are looking for luxurious, high-end, designer pieces, there are two brands that come to mind. Sevan Bıcakci and Alef. While Sevan Bicakci has a more traditional taste, Alef offers more of a modern and minimal look.