The Sasuntsi Davit statue, located in Yerevan, Armenia, is a 51-year-old copper sculpture depicting epic hero David of Sasoun astride his powerful steed and clasping a dazzling sword of lightning.
The statue serves as a perpetual symbol of the Armenian people’s love of freedom. Armenia is also the birthplace of featured jewelry designer Alishan Halebian.
Though the California-based Halebian cultivates stunning fashion and one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces his timeless yet distinctive engagement, bridal, and wedding jewelry are what have solidified his reputation as a high quality craftsman for roughly 20 of his over 30-year career.
A painter, sculptor, and furniture designer, Halebian brings subtle grandeur to all of his bridal jewelry collections. He is known for building his ring creations from several separate components that are then expertly welded together.
Some of the idiosyncratic ring designs of his Gothic Collection feature platinum components overlaid with cutout patterns of 18-karat yellow or rose gold or complex pavé settings. The metal contrasts, overlay patterns and sparkling gemstones are exquisite.
His Edge Collection, characterized by patinated and high-gloss metal, as well as his Limited Edition Collection, fabulously display Halebian’s novel approach to fine jewelry.
Trinkets of twisted, brushed, folded, and crinkled gold accented with black Tahitian pearls and/or creamy South Sea pearls are gorgeous derivatives of modern sculptures and African art. These designs are unmistakably elegant yet effortlessly explode with a stunning visual language.
His work is extraordinary especially considering that Halebian is a self-taught goldsmith who honed his craft while reading only one book, Jewelry Concept and Technology by Oppi Untracht.
An award-winning designer, and member of the American Jewelry Design Council, Halebian has graced such trade publications as Jewelry Connoisseur Magazine, and AJM Magazine. As with other jewelry artists his designer jewelry is a reflection of inherent talent and passion for his craft.
“My jewelry is an eclectic mix derived from a variety of artistic expressions, from African art to contemporary sculptures.
My techniques and cultural references ultimately come together to create a collection of special interest.”
Photo 1 (top right): 18-Karat Yellow South Sea Pearl Pendant with Diamonds Photo 2 (center): 18-Karat Yellow and White Gold Foliage Ring with Diamonds
Photo 3 (bottom left): 18-Karat Yellow and White Gold Moonshadow Pendant Necklace