Almost eight years ago I was nineteen and had just finished studying Arabic for a year and wanted an adventure. I grew up traveling with my dad took who us on many trips abroad, so traveling came pretty naturally.
In 2011 I set off to NYC, followed by London and Istanbul before the final leg of my journey to Beirut, Lebanon. I was going to continue studying Arabic in Beirut.
When I arrived in Istanbul to visit a dear friend of mine I fell in love with the city. It was vibrant and bustling, with delicious food, the warmest people and so much amazing art and craftsmanship.
Within a week I’d decided to forgo my plane ticket to Beirut and stay in Istanbul. That meant finding a place to live, starting to learn a new language and settling into this new home.
Thus started a new chapter of my life that ultimately led to me being a jeweler, incorporating Turkish lace and metal.