Yeah, ‘diamonds are forever’, but who needs diamonds and precious gems for happiness and a great jewelry wardrobe, especially in this ever changing fashion and design environment! One of my cousins operates a London based design jewellery operation and I keep telling her that with those prices she couldn’t sell many in Turkey. Quqla, a slightly downstairs shop on the Bagdat Street, an old renowned shopping street on the Anatolian Side of Istanbul, is a treasure trove.
I recently discovered this place, probably because I wouldn’t count as much of a jewellery addict, or ‘decorated’ person, yet I’ve already been there a couple of times, ending up buying at least an earring or a tiny knuckle ring or something. There are plenty of rather affordable (think lovely pieces from around only $ 5 – $ 10 ) jewelry alternatives, where stylish designs and fashion statement pieces abound. A great find for gifting or expanding your own collection.
The often changing collection and the nice young people working there are two other plusses.
QUQLA | Shopping | Rings, from TL 10
Bağdat cad NO:370\e Şaşkınbakkal\KADIKOY | +902164672762
Mon – Sat 10:00 – 20:30, Sun 12:00 – 20:30