We search to purchase important diamonds, precious gems and
estate jewelry. We are committed to long-term service for our
clients through education and exhibitions worldwide.
The company was founded in 1918 by James and Harry Kazanjian and their father Charles, who brought their experience in the art of fine jewelry from their native Armenia to Paris before emigrating to the U.S in 1916.
James Kazanjian’s lifelong quest for exquisite and extraordinary gems led his explorations to some of the world’s most remote and exotic destinations, where he was able to acquire rare jewels from the Maharajas in India; the largest rubies and sapphires from mines in Africa and Sri Lanka, as well as other historical pieces from a variety of discerning collectors and luminaries.
Brothers James and Harry’s patriotism toward their adopted country led them to commission four of the largest sapphires in the world totaling 8,139 carats to be carved into busts of the most admired U.S. Presidents, Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Eisenhower. The busts now reside in the Oval office at the White House.
The Kazanjians discovered the largest black star sapphire in the world known as the “Black Star of Queensland.” Originating in Australia, it weighed 733 carats. Its sale was used to create a scholarship program at the Gemological Institute of America, where, son Michael served as a member of the Board of Governors.
In addition to these spectacular sapphires, the Kazanjians also acquired one of the world's largest rubies known in existence at the time. Weighing 8,500 carats, it was found near what was believed to be the legendary “King Solomon’s mines”in Africa. This extraordinary crystal was designed by Stanley Kazanjian and carved into a rendering of America’s Liberty Bell to celebrate the nation’s Bicentennial.
A more recent discovery of a rare 5.05 ct red diamond known as “the Kazanjian Red”was made by grandson, Douglas Kazanjian. It is now the centerpiece of the Kazanjian Foundation, which has been helping charities since 1957, through the display and sale of private jewelry collections. The red diamond is currently on display at the American Natural History Museum in New York City.
Over the years, the Kazanjians developed a reputation as “Deans” of the international jewelry industry. Their legacy continues today through their heirs; sons Michael and Stanley, as well as grandson Douglas and granddaughter, Michelle. The Kazanjians continue their quest to uncover the rarest gems and estate jewels while cultivating ties with some of the most prominent families and institutions worldwide.