From natural plant to jewelery making .hurriyet2008-detailbox-newslink { font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:none; color:#000000;} .hurriyet2008-detailbox-newslink:hover { font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:underline; color:#990000;} BALIKESİR - Harmal, nettle and galiçya plants growing on the Kaz Dağları Mountain are being used for jewellery, as part of necklaces, earrings and bracelets. The plants, and therefore the jewelery, also have a marvelous smell.

Alibey Kudar, who has been making jewelery for years in the Edremit district of Balıkesir, a western city in Turkey, said each of the organic jewelery pieces have a different meaning. Talking to Doğan news agency, Kudar who sells these pieces at the Private Tahtakuşlar Village Ethnography Museum said, "During the era of the Selçuklular Empire, natural materials were used for jewelery.

During the Ottoman era, however, gold and silver was mostly used. Back then, all these precious stones had a meaning attributed to them. For example, jade, emerald and agate were thought of as lucky stones, while pearls and diamonds were thought to bring bad luck." Making jewelery with natural plants that grow on the mountain is part of Turkmenistan culture, Kubar said, "Everything that comes from nature is very valuable.
Everything can be turned into precious jewelery when it is designed well." He said Turkmenistan people living in the foothills of mountain used organic materials for jewelery and amulets and the demand for this kind of jewelery was on the rise.

"Every piece of jewelery made from plants growing on the Mountain has a different meaning," he explained. "Girls who want to marry wear jewelery made of cloves, whereas necklaces placed by mothers on their sons are said to make boys feel like their mother is always with them. There are also necklaces made from olive seeds that symbolize peace."