A substantial gold piece presented by Kirk’s grandfather, Bali, to his wife Maritza on Armenian Christmas, traditionally celebrated on January 6th. Inspired by old world Armenian carvings, the bracelet was inscribed with Armenian letters and made with a special hammering technique. It features hand motifs that signify partnership and love, a theme prevalent in antique jewelry since the Roman era. From historic Armenia, modern day Turkey (Kayseri), in central Anatolia. um sed.
A platinum hand-engraved diamond eternity ring made by Kirk’s father, Artin for his fiancé Angel, which paved the way for many of Kirk Kara’s future designs. Her name was engraved in his yellow gold band, and his name engraved in hers.
A fashion-forward gift from Artin to his wife Angel featuring 3 total carats of European cut diamonds set in platinum. This piece was designed in the traditional navette style, which translates to “little boat” in French and refers to the elongated, marquise-like shape that was very popular at the time.
The company’s first iteration of nature-inspired jewelry was this flower engraved 18K gold ring with which Artin and Angel renewed their vows. As a symbol of unity and togetherness, Artin’s name was again engraved onto the band. The design can be viewed as a predecessor to our beloved floral Dahlia collection.
Artin’s thriving retail business was in downtown Beirut, a hub of art and fashion known as the Paris of the Middle East. A prominent name in the jewelry industry, he was commissioned to design pendants and class rings for the 100thanniversary of the American University of Beirut. The pieces featured the historic Cedar of Lebanon symbol.
In the 1970’s, Kirk heeded the call to destiny and joined his father’s company to master the art of fine jewelry craftsmanship. He designed this beautiful pearl bracelet for his fiancé Lucy after meeting her in 1975. Inspired by the flourishing Art Deco design period, the piece features three rows of glistening pearls and a diamond-encrusted clasp in 18K yellow gold.
Kirk and Lucy began their journey toward husband and wife with these engraved 18K gold promise rings. Uniquely cast with a method Kirk created in the 1970’s, these were the first rings they exchanged before their wedding in 1978. In Armenian culture, it’s customary to propose with the wedding band first, then bestow the engagement ring on the couple’s wedding day. Wearing a band on the right hand signifies engagement; left hand signifies marriage.
These Art Deco style sapphire and diamond earrings were a first wedding anniversary gift to Lucy from Kirk as an expression of his everlasting love. The incorporation of sapphires remains a constant in Kirk Kara designs today and can be traced back to this truly standout design.
Something Special Fine Jewelry was founded in 1984, when Kirk and Lucy immigrated to the United States with their daughters Angela and Grace to escape civil war in Lebanon and pursue the American Dream. Around this time, invisible set diamonds came into the spotlight, and Kirk was renowned as an originator of that style in the United States. His “original invisible setting” introduced diamonds set without metal between the stones. This “S” ring was an icon of the Something Special name and featured prominently in the company’s catalogs in the 90’s era.
The modern-vintage aesthetic is a longtime signature of Karaguezian family designs. The iconic Charlotte collection came full circle by taking cues from Art Deco design, mixing in blue sapphires like Kirk did in twenty years prior, and including engraved elements like Angel’s original platinum eternity band circa 1934. Angela and Grace joined the family business in the early 2000’s and renamed it Kirk Kara to pay homage to their father, and Charlotte was an anchor collection, the first to be branded under the new company name.