LUXURY designer, Kirk Kara, is a family-owned brand that had its beginnings over a century ago. The company has been passed down from fathers to sons for four generations, and we were lucky enough to catch up with the first daughters to ever take over the business, Grace Terezian and Angela Karaguezian. A highly renowned brand, Kirk Kara has won the most prestigious award in the bridal category, the Jeweler’s Choice Award, ten years in a row. We were eager to hear why they both decided to join the family business, what inspires them, and why they’re excited to be joining us in Las Vegas this year!
Why did you get started in the family business?
Grace: My parents’ hard work and their commitment to family and independent lifestyle. I started working with my family while I was in college, and after I met my husband, at the age of 21, I discovered my obsession for engagement rings.
Angela: To uphold our family culture and heritage that spans over a century. Since 1890, the Karaguezian family has been crafting jewelry. To be a part of the Kirk Kara legacy is a real treasure.
What is your go-to source for inspiration?
Grace: The adventure of travel and the beauty of nature.
Describe your brand in two words.
What has been the biggest challenge of your career? The biggest reward?
Grace and Angela: Keeping up with the rapidly changing industry is a challenge, but it keeps us on our toes to constantly produce and develop the best brand and product for our loyal retailers. The biggest and best reward is always achieved when a girl finds her dream ring with Kirk Kara!
Why are you excited for JCK Las Vegas/LUXURY?
Angela: Participating in JCK every year is meaningful for our family because we look forward to spending time with our retail partners. This year is particularly special for Kirk Kara because we are launching a consumer campaign for our 10 year unrivaled Jeweler’s Choice Award win for “Best in Bridal.” No other engagement ring designer has won this award 10 years in a row and we are extremely humbled by this honor.
What’s your favorite way to unwind after a busy day?
Angela: Yoga, hiking, and spending time with my husband Raffi.
Grace: Spending time with my baby girl.
What is one item you’d be willing to splurge on?
Grace and Angela: An engagement ring, of course!
What is your favorite quote or personal mantra?
Grace: “Follow your heart, not your mind.”
Angela: “If it’s not fun, you’re not doing it right.”
Describe your personal style.
Grace: Casual, classic, chic.
Angela: Colorful, elegant, yet edgy.
What’s next for your company?
Angela: We are humbled by Kirk Kara’s 10 year win for the highly coveted Jeweler’s Choice Award. We look forward to continuing to be trailblazers in the engagement ring industry, which would not be possible without our exceptional retail partners. Our win demonstrates our commitment to the industry, our commitment to the brand and our commitment to providing captivating designs to all of our loyal retail partners.