At Marissa Collections, we are always looking for talented designers to add to our Jewelry Gallery. This month we introduced GURHAN, the renowned jeweler best known for his luxury timeless designs suitable for every mood and occasion. We will be carrying part of his silver and gold collections, online and in-store. Additionally, we will have some of the colored gemstones and One of a Kind pieces available to special order online only.

Growing up in Turkey, becoming a jeweler was far from the thoughts and dreams of a young Gurhan Orhan.  Instead, always the “discoverer,” Gurhan pursued a variety of eclectic interests which included building hi-fi equipment, making watches in Switzerland and even operating a rock bar in Turkey.  It was only when he held a piece of 24K gold that his passion for jewelry was born. It was in this sheet of shimmering metal (still carried in his wallet today!) that Gurhan envisioned a unique brand of jewelry transcending simple design; a brand connecting his customer with the values of ancient cultures.

Often referred to as a maverick, Gurhan defied the common wisdom advising him against working in 24K gold.  It’s too soft, he was told. It’s too heavy and customers will never buy it, he heard time and time again. But Gurhan disagreed and studied the ancient craftsmen who were responsible for producing some of the world’s most magnificent and precious creations.  By incorporating their techniques, Gurhan developed his own unique method of design and began producing designs that quickly gained popularity in the shops and bazaars around Turkey.

GURHAN is one of the only major jewelry brands that handcrafts every piece in its own company workshop. It is here that skilled artisans – all trained by Gurhan himself — produce outstanding designs with an unwavering dedication to superlative quality. Working in sterling silver, 24K gold and other high karat metals, every piece is treated with individual care and attention. Like so many of his clients, Gurhan has always believed in the value of hand-made craftsmanship and continues to offer One-of-a-Kinds and custom designs.

His pieces have been worn by First Ladies Hilary Rodham Clinton and Laura Bush and celebrities Angelina Jolie, Gwen Stefani and Jennifer Lopez.