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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 this The Ultimate Engagement Ring?  Check out this spectacular classic 3-stone design featuring a colorless 6.02 CT Radiant Cut Diamond, flanked by Brilliant Cut Trapezoid shapes and set in Platinum. GIA Certified, of course!  Enjoy!

We love the clean lines of this beautiful Emerald Cut Diamond, complimented by a cut-corner Halo of Round Brilliant Cuts to follow the lines of the Emerald center. The top nests on a thin, common-prong diamond shank that will flush-fit with any Wedding Band! This engagement ring is an eye catching look that we hand-craft in Platinum, Yellow, White or Rose Gold!

Add a little spice to your Engagement Ring with a diamond Halo to create a larger look and a sparkling touch! 
What makes Elyse halo style rings different from all of the others? First, we hand-pick and match every diamond going in the halo to the clarity, color and proportions of the center stone. We then hand-make each halo to the exact dimensions and shape of the center Diamond for flawless craftsmanship!

We love the design aesthetic of Phillip Gavriel New York. Check out this bold and easy-to-wear fashion Ring featuring a large cushion-cut Black Onyx set in Sterling Silver & 18K Gold. A stunning look at just $350.  In stock at Elyse and available in half-sizes from 5 to 8.

Fashion Week 2019 puts a smile on my face! I'm always thankful for your friendship, support of my work and Elyse Jewelers! -Richard Berberian

While we love designing cool and unique Engagement Rings, sometimes our classic 3-stone speaks volumes! Check out this one featuring a 3.25CT GIA Certified Round Brilliant Cut center Diamond, flanked on each side by matched 0.40CT Tapered Baguettes set in Platinum. Timeless. Elegant. Simply Elyse!

Why we love being a Custom Jeweler! “So, this journey started out by our finding Elyse Fine Jewelers and coming in to see if they could fix a couple of loose prongs on the original setting of my ring. 
We met Richard, who informed us that the prongs where beyond repair due to wear over the years. This was very shortly after a family tragedy and the loss of our daughter. What transpired from here resulted in Richard creating a one-of-a kind piece that tells our story. From using my original Diamond, my mother's Diamond and then selecting my daughter's birthstone of Sapphire, to encasing locks of her hair in the finished piece, his work became one of meaning, compassion and dedication, along with everyone at Elyse Jewelers. 
Thank you for making a one of a kind Ring that honors the life our beautiful daughter.“ - David & Janice C.

Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us at Elyse Jewelers! Nothing say’s “I love you” quite like a special piece from Elyse Jewelers! Surprise your lady with bright and colorful Earrings, a Necklace or Right-hand Ring!  Elegant, affordable and great for daily wear!

Hey Men! Elyse Jewelers has something special for you too this Valentine's Day! We carry a full range of gifts just for you!  Check out our collection of Bottle Breacher products, Cuff Links, Bracelets, Watches, Money Clips, ST DuPont Cigar Lighters & Cutters, Writing Instruments (a fancy word for Pens) and much more! Enjoy Valentine's Day while she gets to enjoy her Diamonds and Gemstones!

Beyond excited for our own transplanted Cape Cod girl, Kate McGarry - Best Jazz Vocal Album - shining in Elyse Jewelry at the Grammy Awards! And let’s not forget guitarist Keith Ganz and keyboardist Gary Versace! So happy for you all and thankful for your support of Elyse!

Meet one of our good friends, Elizabeth Gemelli - a legend to the Boston wedding scene and Justice of the Peace. 
Through the course of her years in the industry, Elizabeth has experienced and seen it all. Her new book, Go Behind the Scenes with a Wedding Planner - "Bride Regrets, Helpful Hints and True Tales", is a must read for those planning their wedding. 
We have signed copies of her book at Elyse Jewelers. Available for purchase, or FREE as our gift to you when you purchase an Engagement or Wedding Ring from Elyse!

Most people look to Elyse for Custom Jewelry. But did you know as Master Jewelers, restoring a family heirloom piece to like-new is one of our other specialties? From matching damaged, antique-cut gems to hand engraving vintage metal-work, our expert restoration skills are unmatched! We'll keep your heirloom jewelry ready to pass on to the next generation!

Natural Pearls come in all shapes and sizes!  These one-of-a-kind Elyse pieces feature lustrous, 23mm-36mm Natural Baroque Pearls that magically reflect the skin tone and color of the clothing one is wearing. The Pearls fire colors of Gold, Sand, Pink and Green from a base of White. Set in 18K Yellow Gold and accented with White Diamonds, each link is hand-made to fit the Pearl.

How gorgeous are our Elyse custom “Feather” Rings? Each piece requires are amazing amount of craftsmanship and precision to complete. This Elyse design showcases 1.50 TCW of Round Brilliant White Diamonds, set in your choice of  14K or 18K White, Yellow or Rose Gold. The pieces create a stunning look when worn separately,  but can also be worn as pairs in opposing directions for a  statement!

One of our most coveted Elyse Necklaces features Ethiopian Opals & Diamonds  and was designed to grace the Oscar stage next month. A featured piece in our Academy Awards showcase, this Necklace of Ethiopian Opals sourced from the Welo Mine displays multiple plays-of-color at every angle. Deep shades of Green, Yellow and Orange have amazing depth that is accentuated by gleaming white Diamonds! We think this piece will be a Red Carpet hit this season!

Let's talk Pearls - our favorite of the organic gems! Here we are featuring a strand of fresh water pearls with a Rose Gold clasp. These pearls are 9-10mm, clean, lustrous and stand out for their delicate pastel colors. An affordable, easy-to-wear wardrobe staple and great for winter travel to a warm location.