Istanbul-born Burcak Tolan creates striking cuff bracelets, intricate jeweled necklaces and sculptural rings with only the finest gold and sterling silver metals that set off, like an artist’s palette, bold sapphires, citrines, topazes and diamonds.
Studying literature in Istanbul, Tolan first worked for a bank for six years before realizing her calling was far more creative. “I said, this is not for me, not what I want to do,” recalls the elegant jeweler who speaks three languages. “I was always into the arts: I paint, I photograph…and I was always designing jewelry for my family and friends.”
After living in France, Tolan and her family moved to the United States in 2013 and she now resides in Tucson. “My inspiration is nature,” she says. Hence, you will find many nuances of trees and flowers in her work, which ranges in price from $250 to $12,000. One particular jeweled cuff boasts several shades of sapphire that pop like glistening spring flowers.
Jeweled lock necklaces and stackable stone rings are also popular among her clients, which include many celebrities. Her custom work is found not only in Istanbul, but Canyon Ranch has nabbed Tolan’s line for its gift shop offerings.