BONJUK

Handmade Turkish Jewelry

What's a Tura??

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So as you can see we have a lot of small gold coins in our jewelry. You may be wondering what they mean and where they originated from. These small coins are called a tura or tughra coin and are Ottoman empire currency replicas. The tura would feature the calligraphic monogram, seal or signature of an Ottoman sultan that was affixed to all official documents and correspondence, so it would be similar to a family's crest or seal that you would use on official documents. The tura was designed at the beginning of the sultan's reign and was drawn by the court calligrapher. Every Ottoman sultan had his own individual tura.  How cool is that?!

 

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