Zabela Sarkissian is a founder and a mastermind of SARKISSIAN.
The inborn professional aptitude and deep confidence that the heritage of the Armenian applied art must develop and be more recognizable, inspired Zabela to start a business, which later has become a family one.
Zabela’s brilliant talents revealed not only in the scientific field (on graduating from the Erevan State University her master’s thesis was in the sphere of molecular physics), but also in the new course of the jewelry. At the mother right Zabela originates from the city of Van, which was situated on the territory of Western Armenia and was destroyed unfortunately. This city was famous for its foremen and craftsmen, who created beautiful and amazing jewelry pieces. Zabela’s grandmother comes from the village of Narek, not far from Van. Grigor Narekatsi (born in 950 A.D.) also comes from here; he was a canonized Armenian poet and a churchman. “The Book of Lamentations” written by him, is one of the treasures of Christian literature; the prayers from this book were used to treat the afflicted. In the heart and memory of the little child there remained the tales, stories and legends, brought by her grandmother from their Motherland, lost during the Genocide of the Armenians in the Ottoman Empire. Great affection to grandmother, whose husband was exiled and died during the Stalinist purges, and who had to raise 4 children by her own, desire to restore and strengthen cultural and spiritual connection with her background has probably become the main reason of Zabela’s decision to devote herself to life-changing and favorite occupation, which helps to safe and develop the genetic memory of the Armenian nation.
Determination to the long-term development and work with the high-class gem stones and pieces implies not only particular attention to the Ethical practices and saving the integrity, but also the reverent attitude towards our clients and colleagues, we have been lucky to meet. Based on this approach, we successfully fulfill the orders of our clients, selecting the gems, creating individual jewelry pieces and thus, confirm the trust put in us.
SARKISSIAN specializes in creating unique jewelry pieces in a single origin. Our knowledge and experience of work with rare gem stones has resulted in the idea of creating a particular line of jewelry, quite laconic and moderate in design, but with a recognizable master’s style, which underlines the great knowledge and mastership acquired during the responsible and meticulous work. In this collection precious gems are used, valuable not only because of their rarity and acknowledgement of the gems experts and gemologists, but also due to their high market value.
The desire to create was placed into the human mind by the Lord. The proficiency to see the way, which one should take to reach perfection, is a great gift, and we consider our mission to be in realization of our creative potential in creating marvelous jewelry. We are the real master adherer, confident that being a goldsmith is our true purpose. We are trying to reproduce in our adornments joy and love, impressed to us by Nature’s wisdom, richness and power. In our team there are no indifferent people, all jewelry is created in the atmosphere of the originative enthusiasm and friendly unity. In our works you can find the ornaments and geometry of the ancient buildings and temples, as well as the modern avantgarde decisions, common to the nowadays architecture. The adornments of the Art Nouveau period are also very intimate to us, and in the design of some of our jewelry pieces an imprint of this wonderful period of jewelry history is traced. Whatever pieces we create, we are trying to use the experience and heritage of the previous jewelers’ generations with great respect and carefulness, adoring and admiring the old masters’ desire of perfection of their skills.
In the process of creating the adornments there is always an element of uncertainty till the moment the piece is finished, and it is only at this time that one can estimate the accuracy of realization of the master’s notions. The feeling which the master experiences when his work fully justifies his efforts during the creation can be called true admiration. We hope very much that our love, passion and devotion to our business will not leave you indifferent to this beautiful manifestation of the human self-expression, which the Art of Jewelery really is.