My passion for making jewelry was born from a combination of the creativity my family instilled in me and my own curiosity. east + west began in the summer of 2004, after stumbling upon a local bead shop in Chicago, Illinois in the beautiful and quaint neighborhood of Old Town. Though I’d dabbled in making clay beads and friendship bracelets with my sister while growing up, I decided I would learn how to make jewelry that day. The name of my collection is derived from my heritage. I am Turkish, and it’s been known that the city of Istanbul is where east meets west. My jewelry consists of two different styles: Delicate, dainty pieces and bolder statement pieces. The former is influenced by Eastern culture, while the latter represents Western culture. east + west is based out of Newport Beach, California. My highest priority when making jewelry is to create fun and unique pieces that speak to you and make you smile. I am also happy to create custom jewelry for any occasion, whether it be a gift for someone else, or something special for you and/or your bridesmaids on your wedding day!