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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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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
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$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
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$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
Lapis Lazuli Mini Hoop Earrings | Handmade Boho Earrings | Everyday Jewelry | Stone Earrings | Hoop Earrings
Lapis Lazuli Mini Hoop Earrings | Handmade Boho Earrings | Everyday Jewelry | Stone Earrings | Hoop Earrings
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$45.00 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
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$45.00 USD
Turpex Express Shipping to Europe-US
Turpex Express Shipping to Europe-US
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$20.00 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
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$45.00 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
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
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$55.00 USD
Banana Leaves Ring | Botanical Handmade Ring | Womens Band | Textured Ring | Statement Ring | Minimalist Ring | Stacking Ring
Banana Leaves Ring | Botanical Handmade Ring | Womens Band | Textured Ring | Statement Ring | Minimalist Ring | Stacking Ring
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$68.00 USD
DHL Express Shipping to Europe-US
DHL Express Shipping to Europe-US
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$30.00 USD
Turquoise Mini Hoop Earrings | Handmade Boho Earrings | Everyday Jewelry | Stone Earrings | Hoop Earrings
Turquoise Mini Hoop Earrings | Handmade Boho Earrings | Everyday Jewelry | Stone Earrings | Hoop Earrings
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$45.00 USD
Cactus Lava Necklace | Boho Necklace | Botanical Jewelry | Minimalist Necklace | Dainty Necklace | Birthday Gift for Her | Lucky Charm
Cactus Lava Necklace | Boho Necklace | Botanical Jewelry | Minimalist Necklace | Dainty Necklace | Birthday Gift for Her | Lucky Charm
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$35.00 USD
Agave Onyx Earrings | Dangle Drop Earrings | Botanical Earrings | Everyday Druzy Jewelry | Minimalist  Earring | Womens Earring
Agave Onyx Earrings | Dangle Drop Earrings | Botanical Earrings | Everyday Druzy Jewelry | Minimalist Earring | Womens Earring
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$75.00 USD
Agave Ring | Botanical Handmade Ring | Womens Band | Textured Ring | Statement Ring | Everyday Jewelry | Minimalist Ring | Stacking Ring
Agave Ring | Botanical Handmade Ring | Womens Band | Textured Ring | Statement Ring | Everyday Jewelry | Minimalist Ring | Stacking Ring
yukabyguliz
$68.00 USD
Leaf Necklace | Everyday Charm Necklace | Monstera Necklace | Lucky Charm | Dainty Necklace | Birthday Gift For Her | Botanical Jewelry
Leaf Necklace | Everyday Charm Necklace | Monstera Necklace | Lucky Charm | Dainty Necklace | Birthday Gift For Her | Botanical Jewelry
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$45.00 USD

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