We visited the jewellery factory, Atasay, first thing this morning. This is Turkey’s largest jewellery company and it was interesting to be guided around. The company’s Vice President showed us round and allowed us to film some of the processes.
It was wonderful to see the skill and craftsmanship of the people who really do make their jewellery by hand. My favourite was seeing a Byzantine link chain being assembled and soldered with incredible dexterity and skill.
Watching people setting gems, some tiny and some large, was really interesting and I look forward to telling you all about it when I'm next on air presenting a jewellery show! We put Mustafa, Fadil and Yakup, the jewellery makers, under real pressure by watching their every move on our monitor so, thank you to them and well done!
I had to leave early as I'm due to fly home and so I left the crew to finish things off in my absence.
See you on The Morning Show first thing on Tuesday with Kathy!
P.S Here are a few more snaps from my final day in Turkey…