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Kazanjian establishes the first Russian-American Diamond company (RADcorp). This agreement leads to the acquisition and sale of many of the world’s most important Russian diamonds into the world market through Kazanjian.
Kazanjian moves to its current home at 9489 Dayton Way, occupying the third floor of the venerable and iconic Van Cleef & Arpels building directly across the street from Via Rodeo.
In the early years of Beverly Hills, this charming suite of salons had once been a private residence. Today, it still maintains much of its unique appeal.
Kazanjian celebrates its 100th year through four generations of Kazanjian ownership. In honor of this special year, a rare rough stone stored in the vaults for 50 years has been transformed into the largest black star sapphire ever known.
This exquisite pear shaped six-ray star weighs in at 888.88 carats. With the design skills of Robert Procop and participation from Angelina Jolie, the stone has become known as the “Star of Jolie” and will begin its world tour, assisting charitable causes.
While on loan to The Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., The Presidential Busts are then ceremoniously donated to The White House
during President Reagan’s second term in office. They are prominently displayed in the Oval Office.
Kazanjian continues searching the world for rough and cut gems for worldwide distribution and is provided the opportunity to acquire the “rarest diamond of all” - the Kazanjian Red, an Asscher cut red diamond weighing 5.05 carats.
Kazanjian re-introduces the Red Diamond to the world with an exclusive event at the Los Angeles Natural History Museum. This incredibly rare gem, once lost to the world, is now on prominent display in the American Natural History Museum in New York.
Carved by Vasily Konovalenko, one of the world’s foremost gem carvers, the King Sapphire weighs over 3,200 carats (original weight: 4180 cts) and joins the Presidential Busts collection.
The carving represents Konovalenko’s first masterpiece after leaving the Soviet Union. The bust is currently on display at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.