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Dec 31, 2014

by Guliz Mustafaoglu

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My name is Guliz Mustafaoglu, and I’m the designer of the jewelry brand Yuka. I live in Istanbul, Turkey with my husband, Sinan. I work in a small studio showroom close to my home.

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I’ve always been creative. I studied cinema at university, and afterward I went to London to study art direction for film. When I came back to Turkey I worked as a freelance art director for seven years; I was also designing jewelry for myself using polymer clay and stones.

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I opened my Etsy shop in 2009; Etsy gave me courage to design more. I furthered my creativity by attending a metalsmith workshop so I could start using brass, bronze and silver. Two years ago, I quit my day job and opened my studio.

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I’m inspired by nature and my experiences. When I design, I like thinking about the collection as a whole, as opposed to individual pieces. I make some of my collections using wax models and some with traditional techniques.

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What I like most about Etsy is that it gives me an opportunity to share my work all over the world. I’m able to communicate directly with my customers and learn their needs. I wouldn’t have met so many lovely people without Etsy, and I’m thankful for that.

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My goal for next year is to participate in different shows and fairs around Europe and the US; the first one on my mind is Maison Objet in Paris, which will help me gain exposure in the international wholesale market. I hope that Yuka will known to people all over the world!

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Maker portrait by Beste Zeybel, process photos by Yuka.

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Istanbul Skyline Necklace | Bar Necklace | Statement Necklace | Custom Necklace | Everyday Jewelry | Matte Necklace Charm | Gold Plated
Istanbul Skyline Necklace | Bar Necklace | Statement Necklace | Custom Necklace | Everyday Jewelry | Matte Necklace Charm | Gold Plated
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$45.00 USD
Palm Leaves Earrings | Dangle Earrings | Minimalist Jewelry | Gold Plated Silver Earrings | Dainty Earrings | Botanical Jewelry | Ear Cuff
Palm Leaves Earrings | Dangle Earrings | Minimalist Jewelry | Gold Plated Silver Earrings | Dainty Earrings | Botanical Jewelry | Ear Cuff
yukabyguliz
$95.00 USD
Fan Earrings | Dangle Earrings | Gold Plated Earrings | Hoop Earrings | Everyday Jewelry | Minimalist Earrings | Statement Earrings
Fan Earrings | Dangle Earrings | Gold Plated Earrings | Hoop Earrings | Everyday Jewelry | Minimalist Earrings | Statement Earrings
yukabyguliz
$80.00 USD
Gold Initial Necklace | Personalized Jewelry | Letter Necklace | Bridesmaid Bridal Jewelry Gift | Monogram Necklace | Charm Dainty Necklace
Gold Initial Necklace | Personalized Jewelry | Letter Necklace | Bridesmaid Bridal Jewelry Gift | Monogram Necklace | Charm Dainty Necklace
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$35.00 USD
Fern Earrings | Everyday Charm Earring | Fern Botanical | Lucky Charm | Dainty Earring | Birthday Gift For Her | Botanical Jewelry
Fern Earrings | Everyday Charm Earring | Fern Botanical | Lucky Charm | Dainty Earring | Birthday Gift For Her | Botanical Jewelry
yukabyguliz
$45.00 USD
Dangle Earrings | Tiny Textured Jewelry | Handmade Earrings | Everyday Jewelry | Bridal Earrings | Statement Earrings | Gold Plated Earrings
Dangle Earrings | Tiny Textured Jewelry | Handmade Earrings | Everyday Jewelry | Bridal Earrings | Statement Earrings | Gold Plated Earrings
yukabyguliz
$30.00 USD
Turpex Express Shipping to Europe-US
Turpex Express Shipping to Europe-US
yukabyguliz
$20.00 USD
Fern Necklace |  Minimalist Jewelry | Gold Plated Silver Necklace | Dainty Necklace | Gift for Her | Lucky Charm | Botanical Jewelry
Fern Necklace | Minimalist Jewelry | Gold Plated Silver Necklace | Dainty Necklace | Gift for Her | Lucky Charm | Botanical Jewelry
yukabyguliz
$45.00 USD
Wave Bracelet | Weaving Jewelry | Handcrafted Bracelet | Cuff Bracelet | Adjustable Gold Plated Bracelet | Everyday Jewelry | Gift For Her
Wave Bracelet | Weaving Jewelry | Handcrafted Bracelet | Cuff Bracelet | Adjustable Gold Plated Bracelet | Everyday Jewelry | Gift For Her
yukabyguliz
$55.00 USD
Triangle Earrings | Dangle Earrings | Textured Earring | Gold Plated Brass | Drop Earrings | Birthday Gift For Women | Everyday Jewelry
Triangle Earrings | Dangle Earrings | Textured Earring | Gold Plated Brass | Drop Earrings | Birthday Gift For Women | Everyday Jewelry
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$40.00 USD
Lapis Lazuli Necklace | Plated Gold Silver Necklace | Cage Necklace | Long Statement Necklace | Everyday Jewelry Quartz Pendant
Lapis Lazuli Necklace | Plated Gold Silver Necklace | Cage Necklace | Long Statement Necklace | Everyday Jewelry Quartz Pendant
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$60.00 USD
Flow Adjustable Ring |925 Silver Plated Gold Ring | Everyday Jewelry | Stacking Ring | Geometric Ring | Handmade Band | Textured Ring
Flow Adjustable Ring |925 Silver Plated Gold Ring | Everyday Jewelry | Stacking Ring | Geometric Ring | Handmade Band | Textured Ring
yukabyguliz
$45.00 USD
Lapis Lazuli Earrings | Hoop Earrings | Handmade Boho Earrings | Everyday Jewelry | Stone Earrings | Big Hoop Earrings
Lapis Lazuli Earrings | Hoop Earrings | Handmade Boho Earrings | Everyday Jewelry | Stone Earrings | Big Hoop Earrings
yukabyguliz
$95.00 USD
Agate Necklace | Long Chain Necklace for Women | Everyday Jewelry | Cage Necklace | Handmade Gold Plated Silver Necklace With Pendant
Agate Necklace | Long Chain Necklace for Women | Everyday Jewelry | Cage Necklace | Handmade Gold Plated Silver Necklace With Pendant
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$60.00 USD
Triangle Onyx Ring | Adjustable Ring | Gold Plated Ring | Minimalist Ring | Everyday Jewelry | Gemstone Ring | 925 Silver | Statement Ring
Triangle Onyx Ring | Adjustable Ring | Gold Plated Ring | Minimalist Ring | Everyday Jewelry | Gemstone Ring | 925 Silver | Statement Ring
yukabyguliz
$70.00 USD
Onyx Necklace | Triangle Black Onyx | Gold Plated Necklace | Personalized Shape Necklace | Everyday Jewelry | 925 Silver Necklace
Onyx Necklace | Triangle Black Onyx | Gold Plated Necklace | Personalized Shape Necklace | Everyday Jewelry | 925 Silver Necklace
yukabyguliz
$80.00 USD
Cactus Lava Ring | Floral Ring | Handmade Gold Plated Ring | Adjustable Ring | Statement Ring | Everyday Jewelry | Druzy Ring | Gift For Her
Cactus Lava Ring | Floral Ring | Handmade Gold Plated Ring | Adjustable Ring | Statement Ring | Everyday Jewelry | Druzy Ring | Gift For Her
yukabyguliz
$35.00 USD
Linear Knuckle Ring | Handmade Ring | Womens Band | Textured Ring | Statement Ring | Minimalist Ring | Stacking Ring
Linear Knuckle Ring | Handmade Ring | Womens Band | Textured Ring | Statement Ring | Minimalist Ring | Stacking Ring
yukabyguliz
$35.00 USD
Fill Necklace-Textured Necklace-Handcrafted Gold Plated Brass
Fill Necklace-Textured Necklace-Handcrafted Gold Plated Brass
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$40.00 USD
Hoop Earrings | Grey Weaving Jewelry | Handmade Earrings | Everyday Earrings | Casual Jewelry | Gold Plated Earrings | Long Earrings
Hoop Earrings | Grey Weaving Jewelry | Handmade Earrings | Everyday Earrings | Casual Jewelry | Gold Plated Earrings | Long Earrings
yukabyguliz
$40.00 USD
Leaf Hoops | Everyday Charm Earring | Monstera Hoops | Lucky Charm | Dainty Earring | Birthday Gift For Her | Botanical Jewelry
Leaf Hoops | Everyday Charm Earring | Monstera Hoops | Lucky Charm | Dainty Earring | Birthday Gift For Her | Botanical Jewelry
yukabyguliz
$55.00 USD
Hexagon Onyx Ring For Women | Gemstone Ring | Statement Ring | Minimalist Ring | Gold Plated Ring | 925 Silver Ring | Everyday Jewelry
Hexagon Onyx Ring For Women | Gemstone Ring | Statement Ring | Minimalist Ring | Gold Plated Ring | 925 Silver Ring | Everyday Jewelry
yukabyguliz
$80.00 USD
Statement Necklace | Textured Necklace | Bib Necklace | Bar Necklace For Women | Gold Plated Silver | Everyday Jewelry | Gift for Her
Statement Necklace | Textured Necklace | Bib Necklace | Bar Necklace For Women | Gold Plated Silver | Everyday Jewelry | Gift for Her
yukabyguliz
$30.00 USD
Istanbul Skyline Ring | Adjustable Ring | Womens Band | Gold Plated Ring | Matte Brass Ring | Minimalist Ring | Statement Band | Handmade
Istanbul Skyline Ring | Adjustable Ring | Womens Band | Gold Plated Ring | Matte Brass Ring | Minimalist Ring | Statement Band | Handmade
yukabyguliz
$30.00 USD
DHL Express Shipping to Europe-US
DHL Express Shipping to Europe-US
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$30.00 USD

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