Full Circle With Sinork Agdere

Sinork AgdereLord Jewelry is “luxurious, timeless, and unique.” It possesses a striking aesthetic that holds a unique vision in the marketplace. Sinork Agdere is the artist who makes it all come to life. With over 40 years of experience, Agdere is recognized in the jewelry industry for his labor-intensive techniques and creative designs. He is also an expert in jewelry enameling.

The intricacy of Agdere’s work is breathtaking! His collections are sculpturally bold, yet impossibly delicate; his bright enamels are captivating yet subtle; his themes are historically rich, yet distinctively modern in style.

Agdere designs and crafts all the pieces, including the enameling. He has devoted many years to mastering the art of enameling, and his work speaks for itself. We caught up with Agdere in this week’s Full Circle to discuss his start in the jewelry industry, inspirations, and personal jewelry style!

How did you get started in the jewelry industry?
When I was 14 years old, I became an apprentice to a renowned artisan and goldsmith in a small workshop in the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul. I sat next to my mentor day in and day out, watching him work for nearly six months before I finally had my first chance to touch a piece of metal and start working on it. At that moment, I knew this was it.

What is your go-to source for inspiration?
I would have to say jewelry history and design periods. I draw much inspiration from thousands of years of history from Anatolian civilizations, a rich cultural heritage spanning the ancient empires such as Egypt, Rome, and Byzantium, and more recent European design periods of Art Nouveau and Art Deco.

What is one piece of advice you would give to someone who is just starting out in the industry?
Stay patient, and trust your journey.

Describe your brand in three words.
Luxurious, timeless, and unique.

What has been the biggest challenge of your career? The biggest reward?
I faced the biggest challenge of my career when I decided to move and start a new life with my family in the United States. I left everything I knew behind and started over in a new country. On the other hand, having the courage to do so has been the biggest reward.

What is one piece of jewelry you could never live without?
That’s a tough one. I don’t think I could do without my rings.

What is your social media app of choice?
Instagram.

What is one item you’d be willing to splurge on?
A vintage car.

What is your favorite quote or personal mantra?
“Your heart knows the way. Run in that direction.” —Rumi

Describe your personal jewelry style.
Old World fused with a modern twist.

What’s next for Lord Jewelry?
Many more one-of-a-kind statement pieces.

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