My final day in Turkey: The jewellery factory


A selection of casts 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!

Simon X

P.S Here are a few more snaps from my final day in Turkey…

Yakup soldering a Byzantine chain
Yakup soldering a Byzantine chain

Mustafa working under Mike's eye
Mustafa working under Mike's eye

Fadil drilling a bracelet
Fadil drilling a bracelet

Everyone viewing Mustafa's work  Everyone viewing Mustafa's work

Simon Biagi chatting to the Vice President and team
Me chatting to the Vice President and his team

Setting gems Setting gems


  1. Lyn Beverley March 17, 2009 at 10:18 pm -  Reply

    Hi Simon
    What’s happened, there’s no comments on all your lovely blogs from Turkey. Thank you for keeping us informed on what you have been up to – looks like a great trip. Love the diamond, wish I had found it. I went to Ephesus about 15 years ago and fell in love with it – I think it is very atmospheric and tells a story better than Pompei.
    What did you buy for your wife?
    Best wishes Lyn

  2. Betty Hughes April 18, 2009 at 9:24 am -  Reply

    So pleased that you have shared your visit with us. I found it most interesting and would love to see more of QVC team’s travels worldwide to places connected with the source of their jewellery.
    Looking forward to more of such from QVC when it happens.
    Thank you so much.

  3. Diamond Buyers April 28, 2009 at 8:13 am -  Reply

    Good post.Thank you for keeping us informed on what you have been up to – looks like a great trip…

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