The hidden world of the Grand Bazaar’s jewellery workshops

(15 Aug 2010) SHOTLIST
AP Television
Istanbul, Turkey, 28 April 2010
1. Various jewellery displays at Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar
AP Television
Istanbul, Turkey, 27 April 2010
2. Wide shot courtyard where jewellery workshops are in
3. Pan interior jewellery workshop
4. Close up diamonds being placed on gold mould
5. Mid shot man placing diamonds on gold mould
6. Mid shot man polishing jewellery
7. Close up jewellery being polished, tilt down to gold dust being gathered in leather cloth
8. Set up shot Cemre Kurag
9. Close up jewellery being polished
10. SOUNDBITE (Turkish) Cemre Kurag, Jewellery worker:
“We use this cloth to recycle the remains of the material when we process it (jewellery). When we work on the stone the pieces that are not used are scraped into the cloth to be used for other pieces. This way we cut losses.”
11. Set up shot Nisan Mezadur
12. Close up Mezadur polishing necklace
13. SOUNDBITE (Turkish) Nisan Mezadur, Jewellery Master:
“The diamonds were gathered from other older pieces and re-worked so it was an arduous task. To plan and mould it into a necklace was a process that took six weeks. The value is $20,000 US dollar. The entire process of gathering the pieces and creating the necklace took us two months.”
14. Pan necklace
AP Television
Istanbul, Turkey, 28 April 2010
15. Wide shot people walking at Grand Bazaar
16. Wide shot Ozcan jewellery shop
17. Set up shot Burtacin Balkan arranging necklace
18. SOUNDBITE (English) Burtacin Balkan, Jewellery store owner:
“The Grand Bazaar is probably the most expensive land in Istanbul or maybe, probably in the world. It’s a very prestigious place to rent and purchase a store. At the metre square it starts from $50,000 and it goes up to $100,000 US Dollars for a metre square. And the interesting part is that we do rent our stores with gold.”
19. Various jewellery displays at Grand Bazaar
20. SOUNDBITE (English) Burtacin Balkan, Jewellery store owner:
“We do have a lot of influences in our jewellery, but mainly since this is the capital of an old Ottoman empire, we do have a lot of diamonds and gold jewellery that we are making as an old tradition, and we’re using the same techniques as we used to use probably a 100, 200 years ago, because jewellery techniques have not changed much, especially for handmade jewellery.”
AP Television
Istanbul, Turkey, 27 April 2010
21. Close up Certificate of Master Craftmanship
22. Set up shot Ara Menekse
23. SOUNDBITE (Turkish) Ara Menekse, Jewellery craftsman:
“We are now going to rake earrings and alterate the colour on them to make what we call “Old-Alaturka”. After the process the tone will be closer to this one (takes it out of the package). After the stones arrive we will work on them and once we complete the polishing we can then place them into the water.”
24. Close ring when it’s still matt
25. Mid shot Menekse polishing ring
26. Close up Menekse polishing ring
27. Various Garbis Menekse, jewellery craftsman, dipping jewellery into liquids to rhodium plate them
28. Close up ring which is now shiny golden
29. Mid shot Ara Menekse changing colour of ring
30. Close up Ara Menekse changing colour of ring
31. Wide shot display of finished jewellery
32. Close up of finished ring
AP Television
Istanbul, Turkey, 28 April 2010
33. Pan people looking at jewellery display at Grand Bazaar
34. Mid shot people looking at jewellery display at Grand Bazaar
35. SOUNDBITE (English) Eugenio Stanci, Tourist from Italy, Voxpop:
“It is attractive but I don’t think I will buy anything here, not because I don’t trust them but I’m coming from Italy, we have a longer experience of jewellery.”
36. SOUNDBITE (English) Sally Lennon, Tourist from the United States, Voxpop:

You can license this story through AP Archive:
Find out more about AP Archive:

Post time: 07-31-2017