Jewelry design has been an important part of Turkey’s history for 5000 years. Ottoman jewelry was ornate and extremely colorful, with jewelers using a variety of metals in each piece. This use of multiple materials differentiates Turkish designs from most European jewelry, which is typically crafted from a single metal, usually silver or gold.
Strict symmetry and balance is another signature of Ottoman-influenced designs, often mirroring the natural geometry of the gemstones used.
Designers are looking back to that era for inspiration. They say “We are looking for modern design with a sense of our cultural history. These kinds of lines do exist, where companies are using cultural ties to build a new collection. Turkish Design is represented as “Modern design with a sense of cultural history” by the World Gold Council in Turkey.
The tradition of diamonds does go back in Turkish history. In fact, several important diamonds are displayed in the world-famous Topkapi Palace Museum. And the first largest diamond of its kind in the world is in Topkapi Palace Museum, too. It is called the Spoon maker’s Diamond (Turkish: Kasikci Elmasi) and 86 carats (17gr) pear-shaped diamond which is considered as the pride of the Imperial Treasury.
There is literally a plethora of good jewelry shops in the Grand Bazaar and other areas in Istanbul. The price-quality ratio is great, the selection of models incredibly vast and the craftsmanship frequently excellent.
Since you plan on purchasing high value goods, I would advise you to look a little in advance into the ground rules of oriental negotiation though.
Additionally, this will not be the Tiffany or Harrods experience. There are cultural differences that you might want to be aware of, in order to get the best deal and have a pleasant shopping experience.