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Gemstone Diaries: Rose Quartz – History, Lore and Meaning

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Semi-precious stones are at the heart of Ottoman Hands jewellery. From lustrous Labradorites to vivacious Turquoise, gems capture imagination, forge myths and legends and even make history.

We haven’t kept our passion for gemstones much of a secret: their natural beauty, abundance of colours and textures, as well as time and specific conditions required to create them, make semi-precious stones more than just pretty embellishments. Throughout history, gems have been given special place and individual meaning. To celebrate these stunning earthly treasures we are kicking off a bejewelled new gemstone feature this month on our blog. Read More

Celebrating Women's Day

Inspiring women who inspire us

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“It’s in the arch of my back,

The sun of my smile,

The ride of my breasts,

The grace of my style.

I’m a woman


Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.”

Maya Angelou

To celebrate International Women’s Day we have asked the women behind Ottoman Hands to share their inspirations and role models. Read More

Guide to Notting Hill

A guide to Notting Hill: 4 places you must visit

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Notting Hill with its intoxicating blend of Caribbean charm, vibrant houses, cute shops and friendly vibes is a London icon in it’s own right. As this area of the capital is also the place where our brand was born (our founder – Deniz Gurdal – started selling her bejewelled creations at Portobello Road Market nearly 10 years ago) and still calls home, we wanted to share with you a few of our favourite local gems, which go beyond the world famous Portobello Road.

Here are our top 4 picks of places to discover and have to yourself without the rush of crowds. We hope you enjoy 🙂 Read More

Ottoman Hands Travels. Escape to Marrakech. Tips, Ideas and Travel Jewelry

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Vivaciously vibrant colours, tantalising scents and warm hospitality, not to mention stunning Moorish architecture… There are countless reasons why I’ve always wanted to visit Marrakech. The opportunity came up when I was invited to my friend’s hen trip. And disappointed I was not! Marrakech is one unforgettable place where all your senses truly come alive. So here are my tips, ideas and travel jewelry edit for this stunning gem of a destination… Read More