Launching throughout 2021’s vacation season, the Huckleberry Ltd. For Kazanjian Updated Estate Collection is a excessive luxurious, nine-piece cocktail ring collaboration between Los Angeles-based Huckleberry Ltd., based in 2013 by Jason Hoehn, and the fourth technology, family-owned Kazanjian of Beverly Hills, which shaped in 1913 in Paris, then moved to Springfield, Mass. in 1918. The heritage agency was based by James Kazanjian (father of the agency’s present chairman Michael), alongside together with his lapidary brother, Harry. The Kazanjian household has been dealing in very good high quality gem stones and creating necessary jewellery in Los Angeles since 1928. In 1969, Kazanjian relocated to Beverly Hills, the place it’s now headquartered on Camden Drive in a 5,000 sq. foot gallery illuminated by the brilliant and revelatory, Southern Californian daylight that’s perfect for appreciating necessary gems and refined jewellery designs.
Whereas Huckleberry’s uncommon mix of low-key magnificence, excessive grade gem stones and grasp artisanship has secured such notable purchasers because the world-renowned musical artists Pharrell and Rihanna, costs within the firm’s preliminary collaboration between Huckleberry and Kazanjian vary from $30,000 for a 33-carat black sapphire ring set in brushed, 18-karat rose gold to $115,000 for a ten.14 squared Colombian emerald in a squared-off, emerald lower. Due to their modern stylings and excessive artisanship, nevertheless, these designs are gender-fluid and ageless.
Though they have been based a century aside, Huckleberry and Kazanjian are pure collaborators. Each are connoisseurs of tastefully designed; masterfully fabricated jewels set with irresistibly lovely gem stones. What’s extra, as Jason Hoehn defined in Kazanjian’s Beverly Hills salon, “Though we could appear to be very completely different firms, we share lots of the identical values. Each Huckleberry and Kazanjian have all the time been dedicated to repurposing classic or vintage gem stones to create one-of-a-kind, masterfully made designs that transcend traits and are treasured as heirlooms.” Accordingly, the Huckleberry X Kazanjian preliminary collaborative providing presents 9 gender-fluid rings in 18-karat yellow gold and rose gold that embody timeless styling and stones of very good character. The jewels on this Up to date Property Assortment will be seen and/or ordered on-line at huckleberryltd.com or at kazanjian.com. Items from this collaboration are additionally out there for viewing by appointment at Kazanjian’s Beverly Hills flagship. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to rearrange an appointment.
Inside this notable collaboration, there are two emeralds of maximum depth and readability to select from. There may be the beforehand talked about Colombian emerald with a carat weight of 10.14, and a smaller Colombian emerald of simply over 9 carats. The fiery finish of the colour spectrum is represented by a velvety ruby, a juicy reddish-pink rubellite tourmaline and an entrancingly intense, orange-colored sapphire. There are additionally luminous and completely lower yellow and black sapphires, plus a lilac tourmaline of uncommon radiance. “All embodying excessive readability and clever cuts, these gems have been a pleasure and an journey to pick out from Kazanjian’s property jewellery vaults for our repurposed Up to date Property Assortment,” Hoehn recounted.
Whereas seven of the valuable gems in these rings are set in both rose or yellow gold with brushed satin finishes, two are intricately hand–engraved. The one that’s maybe essentially the most Huckleberry-esque in type and substance options an unusually formed; reverse set lilac tourmaline that rises from its hand-engraved, all-over sample of intricately detailed tiny huckleberries. Whereas this design seems to be completely up to date, jewellery connoisseurs and artwork historical past lovers may observe that the ring’s engraved botanical motifs embody aesthetics and strategies just like these present in Ottoman empire treasures in addition to within the best Arts and Crafts-era jewels. (The Arts & Crafts motion blossomed in the UK in roughly 1860, contemporaneous with the start of the Aesthetic Motion. Arts & Crafts varieties and ideas took root in america within the Nineties, and their recognition endured within the U.S. into the Nineteen Twenties.) Whereas Huckleberry and Kazanjian are each excessive luxurious but pragmatic 21st century jewelers, a lot of their shared values align with guiding ideas of the Arts & Crafts motion. These embrace the primacy of Nature as inspiration, a devotion to artisanship and a perception in sustaining the intangible cultural heritage of conventional, labor-intensive jewellery making strategies, resembling meticulously wrought hand-engraving. Lastly, Kazanjian, Huckleberry, and their artisans all do their utmost to exalt the inherent great thing about the supplies they work with whereas celebrating the advantage of simplicity of their designs.
As many jewellery lovers have lengthy been conscious, the Kazanjian household has a historical past of discovering stones of impeccable character and slicing them with creative precision and aptitude. As Doug Kazanjian associated, “Whereas we’ve traveled the world to find necessary gem deposits and supply the best gem stones for over a century, we even have historically repurposed nice gems to create new designs which might be supposed to be handed down.” In truth, Doug’s grandfather, James Kazanjian, found such legendary stones because the 733-carat Black Star of Queensland in 1947. Previous to James’s buy of this palm-sized chunk of black sapphire, it had been serving as a doorstop in an Australian workplace (sure, you learn that accurately).
As a gemologist and sapphire skilled, nevertheless, James strongly suspected that deep throughout the chunky black stone lay a uncommon and big star sapphire that required a skillful lapidary like his brother, Harry, to disclose its magnificence. “A star sapphire embodies a novel inner construction that creates an optical impact referred to as asterism which makes the stone shimmer and shine like a 6-pointed star,” Doug Kazanjian defined. “The brothers knew that if Harry might lower the stone accurately to showcase its spectacular nature, this might exponentially improve the stone’s worth. (Whereas the sapphire was bought for $18,000 in 1947, within the intervening years, the Black Star of Queensland has risen roughly 100 occasions in worth.)
After months of analysis and strategizing his plan of assault, Harry lower the Black Star efficiently in order that the six-pointed star shone out of the stone. Subsequently, the gem toured the world’s museums and adorned lovely celebrities resembling Cher (!) earlier than being bought to an unnamed purchaser in Switzerland. One other traditionally necessary black star sapphire that James Kazanjian present in Australia was a 1,113-carat tough black sapphire that Arthur Kazanjian lower right into a 888.88 carat star sapphire which is believed to be one of many largest star sapphires ever licensed by the Gemological Institute of America. Kazanjian, working with Beverly Hills designer Robert Procop, named this sapphire the The Star of Jolie after actor/filmmaker Angelina Jolie, who collaborates with Procop on philanthropic jewellery initiatives. The stone, believed to be the world’s largest identified black star sapphire, was bought to a Chinese language collector. (Jolie and Procop have lengthy collaborated on ajewelry assortment referred to as “The Model of Jolie”. Gross sales proceeds from this assortment are used to construct faculties in battle zones via the non-profit Schooling Partnership for Youngsters of Battle.)
Given the Kazanjian’s intrepid gem-sourcing, it makes good sense that this family-owned agency has advanced a particular type of magnificent jewellery designs which might be fabricated with uncommon coloured stones and thus embody uncommon worth. As Hoehn famous, “Each of our firms are on parallel paths that contain cautious gem choice and repurposing, sensible jewellery design, and a dedication to grasp artisanship. It’s thrilling to be working with Kazanjian as a result of for nicely over a century, they’ve been a globally acknowledged purveyor of necessary gems and jewels from nice eras and nice characters in jewellery historical past. The truth that Kazanjian maintains relationships that span 4 generations of the identical households or firms from world wide makes them a heritage home of broad attain, nice depth and huge data.” Because it occurs, the household agency additionally has a philanthropic division, The Kazanjian Basis. This non-profit group helps scientific and creative initiatives that profit underprivileged youths.
In accordance with Hoehn, Kazanjian and Kazanjian’s gem gallery supervisor Joseph Barrios, “We consider our collaboration with Huckleberry works so nicely as a result of every of us, together with our purchasers, hunt down and worth prime quality artisanal design, lovely supplies and grasp artisanship.” As Hoehn defined, “Our model title “Huckleberry” is derived from a nineteenth century U.S. slang time period. Again within the day, huckleberry variously referred to the best individual for a given job, a sweetheart, a particular pal, or an particularly good individual.” Ever because the swinging Nineteen Sixties, nevertheless, the time period “huckleberry” has additionally been related to tremendous jewellery because of the traditional 1961 movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Within the film’s theme track, ‘Moon River’, Audrey Hepburn, in character as Holly Golightly, sings,
“We’re after the identical rainbow’s finish
Waitin’ ‘around the bend
My huckleberry pal
Moon river and me…”
As Hoehn put it, “On this, our preliminary providing from Huckleberry X Kazanjian, and in all of our future jewellery collaborations, we goal to be your Huckleberry.” Certainly, if Holly Golightly have been alive at the moment, she’d seemingly be breakfasting in entrance of Kazanjian’s in Beverly Hills whereas eyeing this collaboration’s cocktail rings.
Kazanjian Gem Gallery is positioned at: 320 N. Camden Drive, Beverly Hills, CA., 90210. Hours are Monday-Friday from 11 am – 6 pm. Phone: 1-310-246-2410