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Feature: Exploring the atelier of Herbert Cendereci from Istanbul, Turkey


 

Fabulous designs by jeweller Herbert Cendereci

Fabulous designs by jeweller Herbert Cendereci

 

 

Jewelry That Comes With A ‘Catch’

 

By: Alba Brunetti

Istanbul, Turkey

 

Recently, I was walking around my old neighborhood in Beyoglu, a charming street that has a mix of bakkals (neighborhood groceries), funky clothing shops, some mom-and-pop restaurants, a boutique hotel and the entire gamut of second-hand/antique stores where you can find the most beautiful and amazing things (think stylized portrait of Lenin all the way to ancient stone statuary).

 

 

The fabulous antiques inside Herbert Cendereci's boutique

The fabulous antiques inside Herbert Cendereci's boutique

 

It was a warm day and I enjoyed looking at some of the shops I had loved as well as the new ones that had popped up in the three years since I had lived there. This is one of the things that make Istanbul such an exciting city – it’s constantly changing. New shops sprout up next to stores that have been neighborhood mainstays, that mix, that flavor, really makes the streets around Istiklal Caddesi (Independence Street) the most vibrant in all of Istanbul and the Taksim area (which you’ve all seen on television) the literal heart of Istanbul.

 

It was a great place to live, but my life changed and I needed less hustle and bustle and more quiet. But every once in a while I want to see what’s new in the heart of the city, to see what loveliness can be found and I have to say I wasn’t disappointed.

 

The atelier of Herbert Cendereci immediately caught my eye or should I say, one of Herbert Cendereci’s necklaces immediately caught my eye. Women in Istanbul, like most cities, follow the trends – you’ll find a lot of flapper-style necklaces or owl-inspired jewelry and large statement rings. But this necklace was something I hadn’t seen before – both in style and materials and it literally drew me to the window. It was a mix of raw rose quartz stones strung on a dark sterling silver chain. Both the design of the links and the size of the crystals were not usual for the Istanbul fashion scene, which runs toward trends or bright over-the-top bling or the understated good taste of the usual luxury brands.

 

The rose quartz necklace that caught my eye

The rose quartz necklace that caught my eye

 

What I saw in that necklace which I don’t usually see in jewelry here was raw sexiness – it was neither prissy or cloying or too done-up, which are the cardinal sins of jewelry in Istanbul. I loved the necklace and how it had been layered with another necklace, equally sexy. The second necklace was worn close to the throat, again with an original link design and a dull metal cast and featured an archeologically-inspired coin as the centerpiece. I was staring at the necklace for a good long time when I noticed I, too, was being observed by the two men in the shop. One of the men was the owner and designer of the necklace, Herbert Cendereci. He gave me his card and I invited myself back to interview him a few days later. His jewelry had intrigued me and it should be no surprise that the creator of the necklaces would be intriguing and charming and completely unique.

 

Designer, Herbert Cendereci

Designer, Herbert Cendereci

 

Herbert Cendereci is a lover of life and all his creativity stems from there. He is a ninth generation jewelry artist. He was taught by his father, who not only taught him his art, but also the secret of the business as well. His father told him that to make jewelry for a woman, you need to know her – to understand something about her, some secret or desire. And it is this process of intuition that makes his bespoke pieces sought after. If he can ‘catch’ something about his client then he can create something perfect for her. This is more than a philosophy, it is an entire way of life.  Herbert’s creativity flows out of him effortlessly along with his charm and love of life. He told me that he is equally inspired by three things – women, gourmet cooking and jewelry design.

 

Herbert Cendereci designs

Herbert Cendereci designs

 

Beautiful pearls by Herbert Cendereci

Beautiful pearls by Herbert Cendereci

 

I was able to ‘catch’ that from his pieces in the window that artfully mix unexpected ingredients to create something beautiful. He told me about his different collections – he does one for Chrome Hearts in the U.S., there are his custom jewelry pieces (I was tempted to ask what he saw for me, but then again, the two in the window made me feel the rush of desire and possession, so I did not ask) and then there are his two Istanbul locations. The cozy atelier in Beyoglu can also be considered a shop, but his newly-opened Nisantasi store and the one in the Old City in Sultanahmet are his main retail locations. All of the jewelry is handmade and each piece is wearable. You can decide for yourself.

 

Designs by Herbert Cendereci

Designs by Herbert Cendereci

Designs by Herbert Cendereci

Designs by Herbert Cendereci

 

Designs by Herbert Cendereci

Designs by Herbert Cendereci

 

Talking with Herbert Cendereci, I found myself in the presence of a true master. If you find yourself in Istanbul, stop by the atelier or the other shop locations. You won’t be disappointed. Herbert Cendereci doesn’t have an online shop yet, but that is coming soon. If your pocketbook allows and you want something unique, then Herbert Cendereci is your man, but even if your budget doesn’t allow, the retail pieces run the affordable gamut starting at around 100TL. I believe you will enjoy them just as much as Herbert Cendereci enjoyed making them for you.

 

 

You can check out Herbert Cendereci’s gorgeous pieces here:

S?raodalar han? No: 21 Kapalicarsi

Bostanbas? Cad. No: 17/a Galatasaray

Check them out here on their website: www.cendereci.com

 

 

Photography by Alba Brunetti 

 


*Alba Brunetti was born in Italy, grew up in New York City and now calls Istanbul home. She loves finding the next beautiful thing in fashion and letting you know about it. Check out her blog: The Bluest I –http://thebluesti.blogspot.com/ and you can find her on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AlbaBrunetti

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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