Location: Grand Bazaar, Istanbul, Turkey; Material: Silver & Amber
I purchased this beautiful amber and silver ring on my last trip to Turkey in April 2015 while shopping around the famous Grand Bazaar in Istanbul. I was traveling throughout Turkey with work (we take local people to Turkey a few times a year) and I wandered into the Grand Bazaar during some free time with one of our trip attendees named Angela. After walking around for some time (and actively seeking an amber ring), I finally found a jewelry stall selling what looked like a large array of silver rings with amber of all different shades. I tried on a number of them and finally decided on the one you see pictured above after bargaining back and fourth with the salesman. I showed him the ring, and he said “90 Lira” ($31). I answered “60 Lira” ($21). He said “How about 80 Lira?” I answered “How about 60?” He said “I think 75”, and I responded “I think 60”. He stopped, looked at me, and said “Wow, I am impressed. 60 it is.” I have had a lot of experience bargaining, but this has probably been my been work so far. I absolutely adore this ring and have worn it every day since.