A poetic and elaborate invitation to travel, this is the lure of Iskenderian, high-end antique and vintage jewelry house.
At Iskenderian, every piece of jewelry is an invitation to escape. Travel is what forms the spirit and the accounts of adventure by evoking faraway lands where precious stones and rare gems are discovered, brought back via epic sagas.
Iskenderian is also the promise of a journey back in time. The house transmits these jewels on to collectors or museums, or offers them to individuals wishing to acquire an exclusive piece the exudes history and passion. Every creation conceals the secrets of its manufacture, of its epoch and of the persons who possessed it. Iskenderian has been actively passing on timeless and eternal treasures for over a century now.
Iskenderian ensures that each piece is unique, handcrafted by goldsmiths, craftsmen and master jewelers with exceptional know-how.
The family’s story begins more than a century ago in what was once Constantinople, capital of the Ottoman Empire, and a crossroads of the cultures of the East and West.
In Constantinople, Armenian goldsmiths and jewelers, with a centuries-old legacy of creative work with rare metals and precious stones, held strategic positions with the sultan. Armenia has always maintained an ethos of jewelry and goldsmithing, for trade and creating of original works.
In 1893, Agop Iskenderian became the official supplier of gemstones, jewelry and the wares of goldsmiths for the great personalities of the time. He shared his passion for the business with his son, Zarmair, who loved to travel, regularly going off on junkets, often to Paris to meet with illustrious clients and provide them with luxury items.
With the passing years and the travels they embarked on, the family, passionate about rare objects, ameliorated its expertise and passed on its know-how and taste for excellence.
At the end of the 1960s, the third generation of Iskenderians came to Paris, the world capital of high jewelry and glamour. Paris is also the preferred meeting place for art market professionals.
Jacques Iskenderian opened several jewelry stores in Paris, including one located on Rue de la Paix, linking the Place de l’Opéra to Place Vendôme, a key location for fine jewelry and a consummate landmark for connoisseurs from around the world. Another boutique opened at 46 Ave George V, a stone’s throw from the famous Champs- Elysées, where it developed a loyal client base.
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