Alphonse de Lamartine once said, “If one had but a single glance to give the world, one should gaze on Istanbul.” The French author, poet, and statesman is not the only one who was awestruck with the beauty of this Turkish city.
In June 2022, the Daily Sabah reported how Robert De Niro, the Oscar-winning actor, praised Istanbul for its beauty. At a press conference, he mentioned that the city is magical, and he wants to take his daughter to his favorite spot, the carpet bazaar.
One cannot help but be captivated by the iconic Ottoman structures that grace the city’s skyline. The majestic Hagia Sophia, with its elegant minarets and Byzantine mosaics, reflects Istanbul’s rich heritage. The Blue Mosque, with its cascading domes, exudes an elegance that mesmerizes onlookers. These are perfect backdrops for portrait shots that you would want to share on Instagram and receive ample appreciation.
When you are surrounded by the blue, white, and shimmery golden hues of Istanbul, its ornate shops selling Turkish lamps, rugs, and delicate agate, chalcedony, and turquoise jewelry – you have a job to do! That is to look stylish.
If you think that dressing up for your Istanbul vacation is a challenge, we have you covered. In this blog, we will discuss some easy, smart, and chic attire and jewelry choices that will glam you up without much ado.
When In Istanbul, Choose Tourmaline
Think about stylish embellishments in Istanbul, and the Turkish Evil Eye rings, earrings, anklets, bracelets, and necklaces will pop up in your mind. Known as the “Nazar Boncugu,” it is a symbol of protection against negative energy and a harbinger of good fortune. But there’s more for you to explore and adorn.
Turkey has a vast reservoir of semi-precious gemstones that includes adamite, colemanite, diaspore, jet, kammerite, chalcedony, chrysoprase, smoky quartz, and blue chalcedony. Every stone is unique and has a distinctive healing benefit.
Tourmaline is a beautiful gemstone and gets sourced mainly in the Yozgat, Çanakkale, and Aydın provinces in Turkey. It’s called the “rainbow stone” and is available in varied colors, which include pink and green too.
When in Istanbul, stick to a yellow tourmaline! It’s a gemstone that is known for its positive energy. So, if you want to break free from the evil-eye accessories, a yellow tourmaline ring or bracelet with a white maxi dress and blue scarf will look classy.
Women who love to wear minimalistic jewelry can choose a single or layered tourmaline necklace and pair it with a black dress for contrast. You can take a quick look at Leibish’s guide for more tourmaline jewelry inspiration. To keep things casual, you can wear a long yellow tourmaline pendant with a white tee and faded blue denim as you explore the Basilica Cistern and pass by the Spice Bazaar.
Leibish states that yellow tourmalines are a recent discovery. Often referred to as “Canary Tourmalines,” they are a rare type. These gemstones exude a happy energy and can be mixed with other jewelry pieces to brighten up your look. Apart from being affordable, these stones are durable, tough, and have a beautiful shimmer.
The yellow shade complements both casual outfits during the day and a bodycon dress when you are in the Kalimera Night Club, Babylon Club, or Masquerade Club.