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Richard Berberian | 7th Generation Jewelery Designer

The Armenian people have long been known for their creative skills in the arts, achieving notoriety in music, architecture, diamond and stone cutting, and jewelry making. The evolution of Elyse Fine Jewelers has its earliest roots in Kayseri, Turkey in the ancestry of the famous Balian family of designers.

The Balian family tradition of creativity, design and fabrication is manifest in Elyse Fine Jewelers ~ Gemologist. Richard Bali Berberian is a 7th generation creative designer descended from the Balian family. His formal education includes undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Lowell, University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Boston University. Richard is also a Graduate Gemologist (G.G.) of the internationally recognized Gemological Institute of America.

The Balian Family of Designers

Of Armenian descent, nine of the Balians served as imperial designers, architects and jewelers under six Ottomon sultans from the late 18th to the late 19th centuries. The Balian name and creative work is well documented in volumes of historic and public records, and is internationally recognized. Commencing with Kirkor Bali Balian (1764 – 1831), the first famous member of the family, each of the family’s renowned      members took their place in Armenian and Ottoman history. Kirkor Bali Balian, his sons, grandsons, great-grandsons and so on were renowned architects, jewelers and craftsman, creating unique and lasting designs of historical significance for the Sultans and  Royalty of the day.

Richard Bali Berberian,Gemologist and Jewelry designer, is following the family tradition of creative designers. His great-great-great Grandfather, Garabed Bali Balian, was the immortal imperial architec of the Dolmabahce Palace in Istanbul. Garabed’s son, Sarkis Bali Balian (1831 – 1899) is credited with designing and crafting the world-famous crystal staircase of the Palace, and was the last Chief Imperial Designer of the Ottoman Empire.

Sarkis’ son, Bali Balian (d. 1916), was the last of the family to design and craft his art in Turkey. A prolific designer,musician and philanthropist, Bali Balian had two sons, Hagop Bali (Richard’s grandfather) and Garbis Bali, who immigrated to the Unites States in 1915 to escape the genocide of the Armenians by the Turkish government. Once in the United States, the Balian brothers and their children rekindled and established the family legacy in fashion, architectural and interior design in their newly adopted homeland.

Richard Bali Berberian and his family are proudly continuing the Balian family tradition of creativity through Elyse Fine Jewelers~Gemologist. Located in Reading, Massachusetts, the firm specializes in designing and crafting unique, custom limited edition and one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces. Augmenting their custom work, Elyse Fine Jewelers proudly represents some of the world’s leading jewelry designers and watch manufactures as well.

Our clients Paul & Olivia's Engagement story is featured at @howheasked today!  We love working with clients to design their perfect ring, Thank you for trusting us with this important purchase and sharing your gorgeous engagement photos with us! Cheers and Congratulations to you both!
📷: @nicoleellengowan 
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We call it Puppy Love!  Peter pulled off a spectacular proposal when he surprised Ashley with a custom Elyse Cushion-cut Ring and a puppy! Congratulations to Peter & Ashley (and new puppy Tucker) on starting your lives together!  We are thrilled you chose Elyse Jewelers to create a special Engagement Ring and thank you for sharing your photos with us!
#shesaidyes #puppylove #engagementring #BostonWeddingGroup #BWG #MarthaStewartWeddings #BostonWeddings #NorthshoreMagazine  #cushioncut #rosegold

We are all very saddened to see the devastation in Houston in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. This Saturday, September 9th from 10AM-5PM Elyse Jewelers be doing its share to help. We will be donating 25% of our total sales to the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Call us at 781-942-4565 to schedule an appointment, or just stop by to help this very worthy cause.
#harveyrelief #helpinghouston #donate #doyourpart #bostonweddinggroup

Elyse's own Richard Berberian featured today on the Huffington Post! Check it out! (Link in profile) #diamonds #gemologist #dreambigshinebright

Rosé anyone? Pastel Pink is one of the hottest colors at the moment and this Rose Gold Halo Ring set with Morganite and Diamonds is quite a stunner! #prettyinpink #rosegold #blush  #morganite #haloring

We love making women cry! Nothing makes us happier than making one of our customer's days!  We recently had the opportunity to recreate a cherished family heirloom ring that had been lost.  The family brought in photos and from there we were able to match the gemstones and pearls recreating the ring from scratch. They then surprised her on her birthday with the new ring! 
A big thanks to the family for sending us this video of the surprise, it gives us great joy to have been a part of this special custom project. We hope you enjoy your ring for many years to come! #customjewlery #jeweler

Be sure to tune into Boston Herald Radio today at 1:30 and hear Elyse Jewelers' own Richard Berberian talk jewelry on the Joe Malone Show!

Oscars anyone? This blue topaz and diamond beauty has graced the red carpet in Hollywood and we're only a little jealous. Where would you love to wear it?!? #diamonds #redcarpet #oscars #customjewelry #hollywood

Ever wonder about gemstones or how your jewelry is made? Ask us! We're happy to share our knowledge with you. #gemologist #gemology #customjeweler #jewelry #gemstones #diamonds

Delicate details. Intricate as vintage lace, this necklace delivers and is anything but demure. #diamonds #diamondnecklace #vintagedesign #customjewelry

It's hip to be square, especially with your engagement ring. Fancy shaped diamonds add a twist to any traditional style. #modernbride #diamonds #engagementring #fancyshape #weddings #bostonweddinggroup #bostonwedding

With so many shapes to choose from, how can you pick just one?!? What's your favorite diamond cut? #diamonds  #engagementring #bostonweddinggroup #fancycut #jewelry #customjewelry

Pretty in pearls. June's birthstone is not just a style icon. Pearls symbolize purity, generosity, integrity, and loyalty. Stop in to see our sea of Akoya, Freshwater, and South Sea Pearls! #pearl #birthstones #classics #pearlgirl #pearljewelry

What's your fantasy? We're dreaming of our Crown Jewels Collection Diamond Butterfly Cuff Bracelet with Garnet, Amethyst, Tanzanite, Sapphire, and Citrine! #fantasy #finejewelry #diamonds #springbling #hollywoodglam #luxury

Make something old new again. This vintage inspired look is perfect for Summer weddings! A pop of color makes it fresh and fun! #bostonweddinggroup #bostonwedding #wedding #earrings #vintagejewelry

Keep it simple. Elegant looks are often the most timeless. Fancy shaped diamonds update this classic drop earring! #elegant #diamonds #wedding #weddingjewelry