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In a world lost in a whirlwind of modern mayhem, award-winning jewelry designer Arman Sarkisyan has restored the true meaning of the word cra(smanship. With a rich background in the intricate art of jewelry making, stemming from observing his father – master jeweler Hamlet Sarkisyan whose career spanned over half a century – young Arman empowered his talent with the !nest skills that would one day shape his artistry and de!ne his status in the world of jewelry design. 30 years in the industry, this Los Angeles-based artisan has been designing immaculate creations that speak to the soul in a language of pure aesthetics. U: Give us a little background about yourself. I was born in Armenia and lived there until the age of 18 before moving to Los Angeles. Jewelry played an integral role in my childhood. From as young as I can remember, I would sit on my father’s bench and watch him create. Eventually jewelry became an outlet for me to express my own inspiration and imagination.
U: Tell us more about your relationship with your father. AS: My father is my mentor – the man who encouraged my cra( from a young age. We work side by side in our studio every day, which is ideal because I am constantly learning from him. Even a(er 30 years behind the bench, there is always something new to discover. U: What were your aspirations as a young man? AS: It all started naturally being a son of a master jeweler, and now it is truly a dream come true to do what I do. U: How did you come to realize your talent? AS: Of course growing up in a creatively nurturing environment and being exposed to the workshop, to play and create, I knew from an early age that this is my calling. U: Your bio states that you live in a “house full of artists and thinkers.” Tell us more about that. AS: My wife, Louiza Babouryan is a talented fashion designer; her collection is featured in premier boutiques around the world. Our
children are artists in their own right. My son Emil plays competitive chess and my daughter Lia is a fantastic singer. #e four of us share a similar aesthetic and love for art, food and music. U: Your creations bring to mind a sense of an ancient “Eastern European” fairytale. How does your Armenian heritage play a role in that? AS: My upbringing and love for my country subconsciously play a big role in my design process. Armenia is a beautiful country with rich history, and it’s an endless source of inspiration for me. U: What inspires you? And who is your ultimate muse? AS: My wife is my muse; her beauty and creativity inspire me constantly. U: Tell us about the design process. AS: My design process varies, for instance, a lot of times a gemstone dictates the outcome with the help of my imagination, while sometimes its starts with the sketch that involves !nding and cutting a gemstone to achieve what I have envisioned. U: As an award winning jewelry designer, what quenches your thirst for excellence in creativity? AS: I love to be challenged, the more intricate and di$cult the design, the more inspired I become. I thoroughly enjoy working on challenging projects, and !nd myself unable to stop until the piece is completed to perfection. U: How o$en do you release new collections? AS: I don’t have dedicated collection names or release dates. I’m constantly cra(ing new pieces and adding to the collection. U: What is your favorite gem? AS: I love tourmaline for its tantalizing range of color. Of all the colors, my favorite is indicolite blue. I buy every beautiful piece I can !nd! U: What are the essential qualities of a jewelry designer? AS: #e jewelry designers that I admire are constantly innovating, pushing the levels of their creativity through design, medium and materials. To me, a designer is truly great if he or she can continue to impress. U: What advice would you give your 20-year old self? AS: I would tell myself to stay the course, no matter how di$cult and frustrating it can get. Continue to work hard and always be the best at what you do. U: What’s in store for us? What can we expect #om Arman Sarkisyan? AS: I have been playing with platinum, and I plan to unveil it in early 2016.