REPUBLIC OF TURKEY MINISTRY OF CULTURE AND TOURISM

Anatolıan Jewellery

The women of all ages adorned themselves to look beautiful since ancient times. Besides rouge on the cheeks and kohl on the eyes, they used earrings, rows of gold, talismans, hair ornaments, embroidered head dresses, crowns, and combs to achieve this beauty. These are gold and silver jewellery enriched with shells and stones such as mother of pearl, ıvory, coral and agate, as well as precious stones decorated with relief motifs. The tradition of jewellery takes various names in different regions of Anatolia according to their usage. Almost all of this jewellery has a meaning and a story of its own.

Meanings include fortune, patience, sometimes good luck or warding off the evil eye, and sometimes protecting against evil. In Anatolia, men also carry silver jewellery for the purpose of protecting themselves from evil. These are silver or metal buttons, rings, watch chains, handmade silver pendant ornaments, niello on the handles of arms and on tobacco boxes, and whip handles embroidered with silver and coral. The 18th and 19th century jewellery of both women and men has an important place in our Museum.