1913 Paris

Charles Kazanjian, a goldsmith by trade, flees Turkey with his family, passing through Paris on their way to America. An eye infection prevents his youngest son, Harry, from gaining passage on the steamer bound for Ellis Island. Harry, under the tutelage of his uncle, learns the art of lapidary in Paris and becomes an expert cutter of precious stones, ultimately supplying Cartier, Tiffany, and Mauboussin. This small twist of fate became the start of the Kazanjian Family’s storied history with gems.
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