Pure Gems

A NEW BOOK BY THE FACES OF ISTANBUL PROJECT INTRODUCES 100 OF ISTANBUL’S JEWELS FROM THE KASHOGGI DIAMOND TO ROXELANA’S TEARS.

Jewel and precious gem expert Aylin Gözen has compiled a book entitled Istanbul’s 100 Jewels and Their Artists. Consultants for the book were Prof. Dr. İskender Pala, Metin Celal, Adnan Özer, Ahmet Kot and Ömer Faruk Şerifoğlu.

The product of two years of meticulous work, the book features Istanbul’s ancient jewels such as valuable adornments, armor, weaponry and other items from the Byzantine and Ottoman civilizations. Included at the back of the book is a glossary of terms used in the production of jewelry.

1.Khashoggi Diamond
2.Ring of Hagia Sophia
3.Kevkeb-i Dürri (Étoile de Perles) Diamond
4.Bejeweled Helmets.
5.Sword of Suleyman the Magnificent’s

VIEWING HISTORY THROUGH ART
Osman Hamdi Bey and the Americans: Archaeology, Diplomacy, Art, continues at Pera Museum through January 8. Some paintings in the Pera Museum exhibit are coming to Turkish art lovers for the first time.

One of the outstanding features of this exhibition is that it considers Osman Hamdi Bey not merely as a painter but also as an archaeologist and museologist. Shedding light on the first excavations by American archaeologists on Ottoman soil and on American-Ottoman diplomatic relations, the exhibition also includes some paintings by Osman Hamdi Bey from the University of Pennsylvania Museum that have never been seen before in Turkey.