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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.


Is it Jewelry, or Art?

We’re excited to introduce you to “Sirène” -  the latest Award Winning Ring design from Richard Berberian and the master family craftsmen at Elyse!

Sirène took seven months to complete and is a proud addition to our collection of wearable art!

Sirène is a One-of-A-Kind masterpiece Ring crafted using four different tones of 18K Gold. Her flawless body is done in high polished White Gold. A textured tail of Yellow Gold and hair of Peach color Gold complete Sirène.

Surrounded by water bubbles of Cabochon-cut Ceylon Sapphires, a hand-carved White Gold starfish and base of Rose Gold nestle a 23mm Natural South Sea Baroque Pearl. Eyes of Columbian Emeralds and a Rose Cut Diamond accenting Sirène’s navel shimmer like the warm waters of the Caribbean. 
While Sirène is not available to purchase, she is available for you to visit, try on and if you happen to be attending a major awards show, even borrow to wear!

Welcome to June - one of our favorite months and the Month of the Pearl!  Check out these custom Elyse pieces using natual Jumbo Baroque Pearls on our gorgeous model Elizabeth! 
This amazing 5-strand Necklace can be traditionally worn to the front, trailing down the back with a backless evening gown, or draped over the shoulder and down the arm. It's accompanying Bracelet, Ring and Earrings all feature a clasp or settings in 18K White Gold and Diamonds!

Is it an Elyse Engagement Ring or an Elyse Fashion Ring? We love creating ways to express your unique style when you want something with a little flair to be eye-catching, without looking like you came from another universe. 
Consider alternate Diamond shapes that are often under-utilized to get both a great look and value - like this 1.02CT Trillion Cut Diamond set in a unique Elyse double halo Ring. Add our interesting variation on the traditional split-shank design and we've created a Ring that is visually appealing, balanced and comfortable to wear, while being just different enough to have a little "edge". Enjoy!

The timeless look of a Diamond Solitaire Pendant is enhanced with an Elyse bezel-set center stone and diamond halo. Every Diamond in these Elyse Diamond Pendants are perfectly matched and hand-set in a "slide" style mounting and placed on a our unique "zipper" Chain. Adjustable from 16" - 22", our Pendants will accessorize the neckline of virtually any outfit. Available in center stone sizes from 1/4 Carat to 2.00 CT. This is an Elyse classic that you will wear for a lifetime!

As custom jewelers, at Elyse we love to innovate and create pieces that not only look great, but are great values. Check out our latest diamond setting technique of "assembling" perfectly matched diamonds to visually create the look of having a single, large stone!  It's a great way to get the look of a 1, 2 or 3 Carat Diamond at a very accessable price point.

Our collection of Elyse hand-crafted Rings, Earrings and Pendants set in 14K White Gold can't be beat. At Elyse, you don't have to spend a million dollars to look like it! That's what separates us from commercial jewelry stores!

Finally a day with some sunshine - giving us a perfect setting to unveil the latest Elyse creation! Shining like a golden flower is our spectacular 5-stone Cushion-cut Elyse Diamond Band set in 18K White Gold. This Ring features 1.16 TCW of Intense Canary Yellow Diamonds, individually nestled in 0.35 TCW halos of gleaming White Diamonds! This hand-made Elyse Ring will take your breath away!

When you have unique style and don't want your jewelry to look like what everyone else wears, turn to Elyse Jewelers.

Check out our very special Ring of Rutilated Quartz & Diamonds set in 18K White Gold! This Ring is the epitomy of fabulous fashion with it's eye-catching shape and size, delicate color and textures. And it's incredibly comfortable when worn. A signed and numbered limited edition. Only from Elyse!

Precious colored gems make a wonderful alternative to Diamonds for an Engagement Ring. Check out this Cushion-cut Sapphire & Diamond beauty set in Rose Gold, created specially for our new clients Susan and Ben! We're so excited you selected Elyse to be your family jeweler and thank you for sharing your pictures with us!

New from Elyse! Get stacking with our fashionable and affordable Elyse stacking Rings! We have over 30 styles, all crafted in-house. Many have Diamonds. Some simply make a statement with textured metalwork. All are available in your choice of 14K Yellow, White or Rose Gold! 
These Rings are featured in the May "Spring Fashion" issue of Northshore Magazine and can't be beat for a Mother's Day treat, or a Graduation gift for a special person. Gorgeous, timeless and priced from just $250.00!

Just in from Phillip Gavriel!  Enjoy these gorgeous, affordable and impeccably well made pieces - perfect for Mother's Day, Graduations, Engagement Gifts, your Bridal Party, or for no particular reason at all! 
Priced right and crafted in 14K and 18K Gold, Sterling Silver and natural Diamonds & Colored Gems.

Try one of these special Elyse variations to spice up a Diamond Halo Engagement Ring utilizing a split-shank design!  A double or triple split to the ring shank is both delicate and helps present the center Diamond as the focal point of the Ring with its gentle accents of pave-set Diamonds. Enjoy!

We love our Elyse signature U-prong Diamond Eternity Bands. Designed to display the full Diamond; each one hand-picked and matched for color, clarity and proportions. Available in a variety of diamond shapes and metals from  2.00 TCW to 12.00 TCW.... because no love story is the same.

The Perfect Gift for your Groomsmen is here!
Introducing the Bottle Breacher "Gentleman in a Tux" bottle opener! This stylish bottle opener is dressed and ready for your Groomsmen on the special day and after the wedding too!  Ask us how we can customize them just for you!

We just love these Elyse Limited Edition Earrings of Natural Black South Sea Pearls set in 18K White Gold and accented with brilliant White Diamonds! A classic, statement look that works from Boardrooms to Ballrooms!

One of our most rare and favorite Elyse Rings has been adopted to a loving new home. Featuring a GIA Certified Natural Blueish-Green Diamond, surrounded by Fancy Intense Pink and White Diamonds, this piece will be tough to replace in our showcase. Congrats to its new owner Kelly! May you wear this special Elyse design in good health for many years!

Our latest addition to the limited Edition Sablier "Grand Cru" collection is the 39mm version for women! Sablier is literally the perfect watch, featuring a 
patented concave Dial and Crystal that is easy to read with no glare. A selection of Dial Colors and straps ranging from exotic leathers to natural cork creates an unmatched, distinctive look. Automatic Swiss movements, water resistent to 300 meters and limited to just 99 numbered timepieces per dial/case version makes the Sablier Grand Cru 39 a watch you'll want to own. Priced from $3,495.00