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The Significant Milestone

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A dream is yet a dream till efforts to move mountains become a reality and that, what was once conceived as a vision, has now become a reality. As one of my favorite quotes “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” by Lao Tzu keeps my diligent efforts everyday to take one step at a time moving forward in a direction where our vision and dreams exist. Today, I, “WE”, proudly introduce the Breitling brand to the Great State of Kansas. A dream that became reality through efforts comprehended by only a few. Conscious sacrifices in pursuing a dream, The American Dream, where anything is possible with the greatest of efforts directed towards a common goal.

Some may wonder, why the Breitling brand took this long and why OUR pursuit towards this exquisite and yet remarkable Swiss watch brand to bring to KARATS. To them, WE say, It is the dream to fly high, to break the status quo, to push through the unchartered territories of space and air where possibilities are limitless. It resonates with OUR vision to achieve greatness at everything we do. Push forward with a goal to be excellent. Breitling is such a brand. Fearless and Roars Excellence. It is a love affair where one just stares into the others eyes without blinking and the hearts feel the warmth. Such is a relation for our endurance for excellence.

While WE cherish this important milestone there are a few that have to be acknowledged. For without them the journey to a thousand miles wouldn’t be possible. I express my thanks to the KARATS Team. Without them I am insignificant. Then I express my gratitude to our wonderful customers and friends for their unwavering support, trust and utmost faith in us. With your love and support we will continue to conquer mountains and what may come our way. We express supreme gratitude to you and humbled that you choose us and honor us with your presence. Then, we honor, our industry friends, designers, manufacturers and supporters. We are all indeed a family. The family that sticks together no matter what may come. We are thankful to you always for being the brick wall we can always lean on. You all continue to guide us, show us the path and share the wisdoms to see KARATS prosper. It is with your humility and compassion we continue to move forward.

I and everyone at KARATS is personally grateful to the Lord in The Heavens. Without your sheer blessings and infinitive wisdom we cannot even begin to be capable to dream the dreams we dream to conquer. All we ask and pray is for the grace and infinite wisdom upon us. We are grateful to our families for letting us expand our wings and fly to whatever heights we wish to go. You all are our biggest cheerleaders and we gain our strength by knowing that you always believe in us.

Last but not least, I personally honor my grandparents, I know the struggles you endured as you grew your business half the way across the world in India and now it stands as one of the oldest and finest. You remained faithful to righteousness and built it on the highest of standards. While I do miss you both everyday, I may live my life the way you did with the highest standards and honoring you by leading the path for excellence at what we so lovingly do.

Filled with gratitude and emotion on this fine evening, living in the greatest of nation, surrounded by simply amazing people that dream big in pursuit of excellence,

Akshay Andy Anand
August 18th, 2014
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Tacori Pretty In Pink

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We just received the pretty in pink collection from our amazing and gorgeous designer TACORI. I personally enjoy working with manufacturers and designers that have a vision deep into the future for the welfare of everyone involved. Tacori is such a company. There ability to be on the cutting edge and represent the newest trends makes them a unique and one of a kind designer. I hope that you would take time to visit KARATS and see this collection in person as it radiates amazingness from all angles .

Akshay Andy Anand

KARATS – A 6 generation family business

 

 

 

Some Of My Favorite Quotes

“The big thing is rationality. So why do smart people do things that interfere with getting the output they’re entitled to? It gets into the habits and character and temperament, and behaving in a rational manner. Not getting in your own way. As I said, everybody here has the ability absolutely to do anything I do and much beyond. Some of you will, and some of you won’t. For the ones who won’t, it will be because you get in your own way, not because the world doesn’t allow you.” ~ Warren Buffett

“The rung of a ladder was never meant to rest upon, but only to hold a man’s foot long enough to enable him to put the other somewhat higher.” -Thomas Henry Huxley

“I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had no where else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day.” – Abraham Lincoln

“Life is what happens to you while you are busy making other plans…”

“I wonder why it is when I plan a route too carefully it goes to pieces, whereas if I blunder along in willful ignorance aimed in a fancied direction, I get through with no trouble”

It has been said that man is a rational animal. All my life I have been searching for evidence which could support this.
Bertrand Russell

Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.
Sir Winston Churchill

“The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheaply, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value. I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection.
— Thomas Paine

Akshay Andy Anand KARATS

Akshay Andy Anand KARATS

With Gratitude You Reach New Heights

Im grateful for the friendships and partnerships that we have in the amazing jewelry industry I belong too. Recently KARATS was awarded as the # 1 Engagement Ring Store by The Knot Magazine and within weeks we received a fabulous honor from Vanna K Designer Brand.

We were bestowed with the # 1 performing Vanna K Dealer in Entire America for 2013. As I am reflecting on these honors I have to say that it cannot be done without the humble support of my family, friends, Karats Team Members, Customers, Vendors & Designers and each one of you that truly cares for us.

Each day I hope that I can exemplify Humbleness, A heart filled with Gratitude and Most Importantly Always Putting Others First. I keep in my heart the biblical quote from Matthew “The First Shall be The Last, The Last Shall Be The First And The Servant Amongst You Would Be The Greatest.” It is with the servant like attitude I hope to impact every life I touch.

I share with you the highest of honors that WE ( Entire KARATS Team ) received from Vanna K – http://blog.vannak.com/2014/01/a-beautiful-partnership-karats-jewelers.html

Wishing everyone a Grand 2014. Do not let anything stop you from being the greatest you ever can be.

Akshay Andy Anand

KARATS

01/19/2014

When Hard Work Rewards

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We were Just Awarded as the # 1 Vanna K Dealer in the entire USA. It is a great feeling when you know that your peers recognize your efforts and hard work. I personally cannot thank Arch Kitsinan, The Vanna K Team, KARATS TEAM and all our vendors and friends and customers for the unconditional support. It means a lot to us to have you by our side.

In Gratitude. Merry Christmas

Akshay Andy Anand

December 15th, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The value for Quality, Dependability and Peace of Mind

Every day we make choices and decisions based on price, quality, speed, comfort and other reasons that make us choose why we do business with one company over the other.

There is one thing for sure, the extra cost for quality, dependability and peace of mind will always trump the low cost commodity. In today’s time and era literally everything has become a commodity. From the dentist office to air travel to even food. Walmart has gained its popularity in the presumption and many times being the lowest price in many things. The jewelry industry is one of the highly commoditized businesses as well, I face every day on how we can differentiate ourselves , how and what sets us apart.

I share with you a recent experience when I flew Frontier to to Los Angeles on a business trip. Despite the fact that I took the earliest flight to California our flight was not only cancelled and we weren’t notified with no agent at the gate 10 min before boarding. Customer service at the check in counter was not even close to being courteous and the 1-800 number that I called to find a different flight kept me on hold for an hour and fifteen minutes with a recording that said my wait is 7 minutes every 10 minutes. Waiting patiently with zero to none customer service I rebooked my flight to California with Southwest on my iPhone app within minutes and arrived for my business convention right on time (talk about convienience). On my return flight from L.A. Frontier would charge me $1.95 for a small cup of soda or juice that is provided as service with others. It surely made me think of the important questions. What is the price for DEPENDABILITY, RELIABILITY AND PEACE OF MIND ? The hundred dollar difference between Southwest and Frontier caused more agitation and frustration than what it could have been if I choose the service of a company that keeps customer service , Quality, Dependability on the forefront.

So, the important question to ask and consider is when you need a company to deliver on a timely fashion, get you to your destination on time, or provide exceptional service and peace of mind who would you choose? More often than none it’s not going to be the Walmarts or the Frontiers of the world, but the slightly expensive company that provides a valuable and pleasurable experience at a marginal cost difference.

I know the difference of what DEPENDABILITY, RELIABILITY AND PEACE OF MIND looks like. I hope you do too with the many choices we all make everyday. There is a reason why Apple, Southwest, Starbucks, Zappos, Target, Chipotle, Quick Trip, Verragio & Tacori are the leading pioneers in their industry.

Here is a quick hint and a great way to choose a business that will always be ahead of the curve and will always deliver more than minimum: LOCAL, FAMILY OPERATED, PRIVATE ENTERPRISE, A COMPANY WHERE EMPLOYEES ARE PUT BEFORE CUSTOMERS (happy employees make happy customers) . These operations are hungry for success and value EACH AND EVERY CUSTOMER that comes their way. I speak for them as I am one of them. I know them and know how we value every soul that we touch.

Think again the little difference, the marginal cost of a Verragio or Tacori vs a Chain Store price on the look alike ring and think again who will deliver QUALITY, DEPENDIBILITY, RELIABILITY AND PEACE OF MIND.

I’m going back to sharpening our pencil on how to be exemplary and provide more than minimum. The best advice I ever got was “It’s all in the Extra Mile”

Akshay Anand
Passionate Jeweler of a 6 Generation Family Owned Business
Overland Park, KS

Visiting TACORI factory

I just had the opportunity to visit the TACORI factory in Los Angeles, CA last week. The scale, craftsmanship and attention to detail is truly what sets it apart. It was indeed a privilege to be a part of a great group of retailers carrying the nations top Engagement Ring Brand. I invite you to visit KARATS in Overland Park, KS or our website at : www.karats.us to see his fascinating collection.

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A picture is worth a thousand words

Tears my heart to see this. A picture is worth a thousand words.

That kid that wants to study is perhaps the most hard working and appreciate human being than those that are simply privileged.

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Greatness.

“I am in competition with no one. I run my own race. I have no desire to play the game of being better than anyone, in any way, shape, or form. I just aim to improve, to be better than I was before. That’s me…and I’m free.” ~Unknown
We all live once, what matters is what we do with our lives. What we do with seconds we have each day. Make a difference and leave this world better than what you found it as. That is living, That is revolutionary and that is epic.
Akshay Andy Anand
09/28/13
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Above & Beyond the call of Duty. Customer Service.

Reason #982 Why We Love What We Do at KARATS JEWELERS : Customer wanted to get an engagement ring and propose in the next couple weeks. He is a busy business executive and had no time to stop by the store besides today at 8:30 am, however we do not open till 10am everyday. Told him I would be happy to help him One on One and get him his dream ring for her. I was at the store at 7:30 am with a Starbucks getting ready for him and he showed up promptly at 8:30, found a ring he loved and thanked me for being here earlier than regular time. While he was ecstatic to find the PERFECT RING he said there was no one that would have done what we did for him by personally opening up the store before regular business hours since he called a couple places before someone recommended him to come to us. We made a LIFE LONG CUSTOMER at KARATS simply because we always go ABOVE & BEYOND the call of duty. When you love what you do it shows in everything you touch.
Steve Jobs