Nepal, Morocco & Turkey

Travel News

I have just returned from 6 weeks of travelling throughout Nepal, Morocco and Istanbul in search of treasures and am really excited with the collection gathered. Each of the three countries was amazing in that they were completely different in their offerings.

From Katmandu I acquired beautiful turquoise and coral necklaces, sacred conch shell beads and my great love, rare and antique Nepalese and Naga beads.

Morocco is absolutely full of evocative images, colour and vibrancy, also reflected in their jewelry. We scoured for treasures in the exotic old souks in Marrakech, fossicked through old tea chests and boxes from traders for Tuareg and Berber elements deep in the south desert regions and drank countless cups of mint tea high in the amazing Atlas Mountains whilst watching age-old bead making techniques of amber and enamelled beads.

Istanbul is an amazing city being the busiest trading port along the Old Silk Road. The allure of the Grand Bazaar is simply amazing, I couldn’t resist purchasing several old Turkoman silk embroidered coats and superb colourful ikat coats, Afghan stone beads and Turkish silver beads. We did manage to find some exquisite old Turkoman pieces but these are becoming increasingly difficult to find.

For those of you who are bead and jewel investors or collectors, I have included a new COLLECTORS GALLERY with some amazing beads, old silver pendants, antique amber and coral jewelry.

Keep checking back in the Collections as many new and exciting pieces will be added.


Travelling in Nepal, Morocco and Turkey in search of exotic treasures, across the board the price of silver had risen dramatically over the last six months. A point of contention was the frustration that traders had also increased the prices of their old existing silver stock. To my valued existing clientelle, and new customers, the GEMILA collection of jewels has not been adjusted to new silver prices so there are a lot of treasures available that are in todays market, real value for money. Enjoy!