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Alwand Vahan

Alwand Vahan Jewelry was founded by Leon Calousdian, better known as Sacha, who came to New York at the young age of only nineteen years old after growing up in Paris.  Sacha was preceded by two generations of designers, and after graduating from the prestigious Chambre Syndicale de la Bijouterie, Sacha was destined to start his world-renowned career in the United States. 

 Sacha’s father, Arsene Der Calousdian, overtook his father’s luxury jewelry and joaillerie company in the 1930’s.  It was in this factory that Sacha began to explore and experiment with the tools of the trade, and by his teenage years, Sacha’s experiments evolved into a life-changing passion.  It was during this age that he attended one of Paris’ most prestigious jewelry design schools, Chambre Syndicale de la Bijouterie.  His talents were discovered not only in jewelry design, but also in architecture, fashion, painting, sculpting, vintage car restoration, and exotic travel.  

 After his migration to the United States, Sacha served in the U. S. Armed Forces during the Cuban Missile Crisis in the early 1960’s and afterwards he traveled across the country by bus and motorcycle.  Because of his love of travel, many of his experiences serve as inspiration for his collections to this day. 

 Sacha’s eldest son, Greg, recently joined the Vahan Jewelry tradition in 2009.  Greg initially started working in the fashion industry for leading fashion designers such as Louis Vuitton, Brooks Brothers, Juicy Couture, and Marc Jacobs.  Greg’s younger brother, Cedric, is also involved in the business operations of the company as well.  Together, they have transformed the company into one that is world-renowned and absolutely irresistible to those familiar with the luxury jewelry industry. 

 Today, Alwand Vahan is still owned and operated by Sacha and his wife, Natalie.  Natalie serves as the Chief Operating Officer as well as a designer for rings, necklaces, pendants, earrings, and bracelets for the company. Alwand Vahan is a generationally invested, world-renowned company, and to this day remains in high demand for celebrities such as Bette Midler, Linda Evens, and Hillary Clinton.  When designing his pieces, Sacha says, “I create jewelry like I would a film set: with mood, drama, and my customers wear the jewelry like actresses. When I design jewelry, I think of women as film stars. I want them to be observed, envied, and admired.”




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Alwand Vahan

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