Sevan Bıçakçı

Sevan Bıçakçı

Live Auction Lot

Sevan Bıçakçı and Gemfields have generously donated a Lale Devri (Tulip Period) Ring to raise money for Women for Women International at the She Inspires Art Live Auction. 

Lale Devri (Tulip Period) Ring.
Materials: Gold, silver, diamonds, rubies and a rock crystal with inversely engraved tulip flower intaglios.
2015

 
Many mediums have tried to capture the enigma that is Turkey. Exotic, mystical and romantic in equal measure, the very mention of Istanbul conjures up an image of a glorious past that words and pictures can scarcely do justice to. It’s precisely the power to transport one’s senses to the heart of Istanbul that sets Sevan Bıçakçı apart from the rest.

For inspiration, Bıçakçı goes back a good two thousand years, to a time of exotic spice bazaars, majestic mosques, whirling dervishes, fairy-tale like minarets and imposing Sultans. Istanbul, the one-time capital of the glorious Byzantine Empire and the only city in the world which has reigned as capital of three different empires, is without a doubt the greatest muse of Sevan Bıçakçı. The dramatic arc of the city's history and the timelessness of its monuments inspire his rococo, gem-laden jewels.

The rubies featured in Bıçakçı’s design originate from Mozambique – one of the largest sources of rubies in the world today and home to the Gemfields Montepuez ruby mine. The ancient Hindus described the ruby as “ratnaraj” (“king of gemstones” in ancient Sanskrit), and believed the stone carried an unquenchable flame at its heart. It was thought that making an offering of a ruby to Krishna would ensure rebirth as an emperor. In Hindu lore, rubies were born when the demon Vala was destroyed by angry gods; his blood became all the rubies in the world. The best quality rubies were titled Brahmins and considered to bring good fortune. Rubies have been considered good luck talismans in many cultures; Burmese warriors believed wearing a ruby into battle would render them invincible. 

A firm believer in inspired, hand-crafted design, Bıçakçı’s collection reflects a reverence to jewellery designed from the soul rather than technology-aided design. The techniques he has pioneered, including metal-based painting, engraving, calligraphy, intaglio carving and micro-mosaic setting, do not appeal to everyone, and that’s just the way he prefers it.

You can view and bid on the Lale Devri (Tulip Period) ring on Artsy until 15 September. 

Please contact Nicola Casey on ncasey@womenforwomen.org for further details.

All images courtesy of Sevan Bıçakçı