Most know Alishan Halebian for the stunning individual style he brings to the jewelry industry. He fashions precious metals unlike any other for the sophisticated wearer who is looking for strong, elegant styles. We can’t wait to see him again along with designer Lydia Tutunjian at JCK Tucson in February! In the meantime, we caught up with the face of the brand to find out what he has been up to and gather some insight about what he has in store for us in Tucson. Join us as we go full circle with Alishan.
Describe your day in three numbers.
24 hours of music. 1 cup of coffee. 1 toast with almond butter.
How did you get started in the industry?
I got started as an art student. I started working in the jewelry industry and was influenced by German and Swiss goldsmiths. I wanted to make jewelry pieces from my drawings. I am self-taught in jewelry-making.
Where do you get your inspiration?
My influences and inspiration, in both life and jewelry, come from a variety of places–whenever I find a strong manifestation of the human soul, I get inspired.
What do you love most about jewelry?
The creative process, and when an idea turns into a physical three-dimensional object. It involves engineering, chemistry, metallurgy, design, precious gems and metals. At last, when someone falls in love with the created piece, that is the ultimate satisfaction for the designer/maker.
Why are you excited for JCK Tucson?
Tucson gem shows are a unique experience, and we have been exhibiting there for over 20 years. JCK Tucson is a great venue to see our existing customers and meet new ones. The show is well organized, intimate, and has a relaxed working atmosphere. We are also excited about the desert in the winter, great venues and restaurants.
Any inside information on what to expect from you in Tucson?
We constantly add new designs to our collection throughout the year. In addition we will debut a new design theme, which will be the beginning of our next year’s direction.
You’ve been an integral part of JCK Tucson, sitting on our advisory board and being a veteran design exhibitor since the show started a few years ago. Are you seeing a transformation? What’s your take on why this show is special for your business?
Our take on trade shows is very critical. Shows are not only about 10-by-10-foot spaces, clients, and vendors. They are more than that in today’s reality. Trade shows of the past are done with. Instead of inviting unrelated expensive celebrity-type speakers for entertainment, shows should exercise the opportunity to bring today’s lifestyle into the mix to make it interesting and meaningful to the industry and jewelry sales.
Describe your personal jewelry style in five words or less.
Alishan–idea to finished piece.
What’s one thing you can’t live without?
What’s the biggest challenge of your job and the biggest reward?
The biggest challenge is lack of time. The biggest reward is the constant curiosity and the desire to create something new.