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Engagement Ring Designer Series

2019-09-03T21:27:47+00:00

Walking into the world of master craftsman Michael B. Hear first hand from the guru of micro-pave, on what inspires him to deliver such beautiful bridal jewelry to the world. This short film explores his passion for designing beautiful jewelry and what standards in building one of the most eclectic and fantastic bridal collections. Profile Michael Bogosian, aka Michael B., was born in 1950 in Istanbul, Turkey, the former capital of the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires and home to a jewelry-making tradition spanning over two millennia. At age 10, Michael began designing and handcrafting exquisite jewelry under the supervision of one of the premier jewelry manufacturing houses in Istanbul. At 16, he arrived in the United States and at 21 founded Matthews, Los Angeles premiere jewelry boutique catering to some of the top names in the entertainment industry. In 1983, Michael was commissioned to create a magnificent jeweled egg symbolic of the Romanov eggs made by the House of Fabergé in czarist Russia. Placed on display at San Sylmar Museum, the egg remains a testament to his creative genius and passion for supreme craftsmanship. In the 1990s, Michael B. emerged as the worlds preeminent platinum and diamond bridal [...]

Engagement Ring Designer Series2019-09-03T21:27:47+00:00

In Loving Memory of Michael B.

2019-09-03T21:28:34+00:00

In 1950, Bogosian was born in Istanbul, Turkey – a city, home to a cultural tradition of fine jewelry for hundreds of years. At the tender age of 10, Bogosian began a full-time apprenticeship with one of Istanbul’s finest jewelry houses; and by age 16, he had attained the highest level of skills in metal, diamond setting and design, and creating pieces from start to finish. Not long after, Bogosian immigrated to the United States and established a reputation in Studio City, California as a well-respected fine jeweler. In 1972, he opened a retail jewelry store on Ventura Boulevard, where it still stands today. Through his expertise and imaginative spirit, Michael B. Jewelry quickly became a leader in the industry. In the 1990s when gold was the most popular choice for precious metals, Bogosian reimagined platinum, which has now become one of the most beloved materials for bridal jewelry and rivals both white and yellow golds. Michael B. Jewelry rings were the first to introduce micro pavé – the technique of setting ultra-miniature diamonds to give the center stone a greater ambiance – which now elegantly graces thousands of wedding and engagement rings. These and his many other [...]

In Loving Memory of Michael B.2019-09-03T21:28:34+00:00

Centurion Jewelry – Remembering Michael B.

2019-09-03T21:28:49+00:00

Studio City, CA—Michael Bogosian, the Turkish-born namesake founder of bridal jewelry brand Michael B., died of a heart attack on April 8. He was 64. Bogosian, who transitioned from a retail jeweler to a wholesale designer under the name Michael B. in 1993, was among the first designers to wholly embrace platinum when the Platinum Guild International reopened its U.S. office in 1992. Bogosian was renowned for his delicate platinum wirework designs and, according to a release from the Armenian Jewellers Association, also was the first designer to incorporate micropavé into his work, sparking a major trend in bridal jewelry design that continues strong today. The retail store he founded, Matthew’s, was named for his first son and is still in business as a retail operation in Studio City. A member of the Armenian Jewellers Association and a familiar figure at industry tradeshows, Bogosian often favored brightly colored suits (left) that made him stand out in a crowd. His jewelry has won multiple industry awards, including the Town & Country Couture Conference Platinum Award; PGI’s Platinum Passion award; and Couture’s Designer of the Year Award in 2003. He also designed a Fabergé-style egg that is on display at the San Sylmar museum in [...]

Centurion Jewelry – Remembering Michael B.2019-09-03T21:28:49+00:00