Begüm Kiroglu draws on a childhood in Istanbul and an education in Shanghai for the animalistc nature of her jewellery brand, Begüm Khan. Pieces in the jewellery designer’s new collection take inspiration from Ottoman culture and infuse it with a contemporary edge, incorporating familiar motifs such as the evil eye and oversized animals with newer silhouettes like the chunky chain.
‘After the challenging year we all spent away from our loved ones and the rest of the world, I reflect the appreciation I have for my family and friends, real feelings, nature and life in this new jewellery,’ says Kiroglu. ‘I connect these concepts through my chains, which become symbols of an eternal bond, so it’s a really emotional collection for me. Imagine a universe of humans, nature and every little creature; my little bugs, my little bees, they are all interconnected in the magnificent circle of eternity. These dreams of a new beginning are guided by this bond.’
Animalistic jewellery by Begüm Khan
Kiroglu is drawn to creatures not considered traditionally beautiful, creating insects in coral and studding tortoises and roosters in precious gems. ‘An important figure for me in this collection was the mouse,’ she says. ‘It’s a standout. I believe that the mouse is a symbol of hope, beauty and optimism that will bring us all good fortune. Another motif is the butterfly, which I really find strong: it is a reference to a metamorphosis, while blossom represents a flower blooming from a bud. And I always work with turtles and scarabs; I strongly believe they have been my lucky charms since I was a child.’
For Kiroglu, the biggest challenge in creating this collection was staying faithful to the brand’s DNA, while creating something wholly new. ‘It’s repeating the same shapes but also innovating and renovating yourself at the same time,’ she adds. ‘It is a challenge, but I believe with this collection I achieved it. You see all of our classic family members – the frogs, eyes, turtle, scarab – but in a totally new body with the chains, gold and platinum. They are really similar but, at the same time, very different. So, that was a beautiful challenge to achieve.’
Receive our daily digest of inspiration, escapism and design stories from around the world direct to your inbox
Hannah Silver is the Art, Culture, Watches & Jewellery Editor of Wallpaper*. Since joining in 2019, she has overseen offbeat design trends and in-depth profiles, and written extensively across the worlds of culture and luxury. She enjoys meeting artists and designers, viewing exhibitions and conducting interviews on her frequent travels.
‘Jeff Koons: Moon Phases’ is on the Odysseus lunar lander and due to make a giant, NFT leap for the artist when it lands on Thursday 22 February 2024
By James Gurney Published
Tradition meets modernity at Taquería Los Alexis in Mexico City
Taquería Los Alexis serves up two kinds of tacos, and interiors with an industrial edge
By Sofia de la Cruz Published
The modernist First Christian Church celebrates its iconic tower’s restoration in Columbus
The modernist First Christian Church in Columbus, Indiana, designed by Eliel and Eero Saarinen, has completed extensive restoration works on its iconic tower
By Audrey Henderson Published