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Misty, Scott + Karats Jewelers: A Perfect Match in Kansas City

There’s no better marriage in the bridal business – or any business – than two family-owned, multi-generation companies with integrity and tradition at their core. Karats, our exclusive partner in the Kansas City area, is a sixth-generation jeweler reflecting the same mindset and values that have carried us through the fine jewelry world since 1890. Much like Kirk Kara’s, the Karats legacy is one of longstanding authenticity and trust, and that’s why many Kansas couples turn to them for their designer engagement ring needs.

One such couple is Misty and Scott, who tied the knot this past fall. Misty fell in love with the Charlotte collection practically at first glance. She knew it was The One, as sapphires and clean lines Kirk Kara sapphire and diamond engagement ring and wedding band setwere details she had always envisioned in her perfect ring. Ironically enough, she wasn’t as quick to fall for her husband. Misty’s cousin Sandy orchestrated a chance meeting by inviting Scott, her neighbor, along on a family trip. She had every intention of getting them together, but it took some time for Misty to come around. Six months and some reluctance later, Misty finally gave in and they began dating. Like many love stories, things progressed quickly from there.

With plans to get engaged, they tracked down Karats Jewelers in Overland Park as an authorized Kirk Kara retailer and made the hour-long trek there to see the Charlotte designs in person. Sure enough, Misty’s love for the collection was confirmed, which came as no surprise to Karats owner Akshay Andy Anand. “Kirk’s designs and use of color sets him apart from all other brands in the engagement ring business,” he says. “Their bridal jewelry reflects the many tastes and preferences of today’s couple.” Despite spending quite some time looking at engagement rings that day, Misty kept going back to the one she had come to see. The decision was made and she got fitted on the spot.

Unbeknownst to his bride-to-be, Scott purchased the ring that day, and soon, he surprised her with a proposal in front of his son and her cousin Sandy’s children, who sweetly captured the whole romantic gesture on video. Misty was incredulous, as she had just been fitted for the ring. She even asked if it was real! “It was absolutely stunning,” says Misty. “He had bought the ring the day we looked at it. I had no idea. Of course, I said yes!” Thanks to Karats Jewelers, Scott was able to expedite his purchase and make the proposal happen much sooner than Misty could imagine.

Dancing during a wedding showing off brides engagement and wedding ring set

“As a sixth generation at Karats to work with another family-owned operation, I know that quality and customer service are at the forefront,” says Mr. Anand. “We appreciate the outstanding customer service and the dedication to detail for each order we place. Our customers love their beautiful rings and are grateful for the extra effort it takes to make the delivery deadlines.”

“The collections represent, with a flourish, designs of past decades such as Art Deco and Turn of the Century in a way that honors the sentiments so many attach to sweet memories of the past,” continues Mr. Anand. “The clean lines of this era’s creations display just enough artful embellishment to convey to everyone that true craftsmen are still at work at Kirk Kara.”

As for Misty and Scott, they are the quintessential Karats + Kirk Kara couple. After meeting Kirk in person at a Karats trunk show, Scott purchased an extra band and surprised Misty with a Dahlia for Valentine’s Day. “I love the blue sapphires in both collections. The delicate designs amaze me almost daily,” says Misty. “I receive many compliments on my wedding bands and I wouldn’t trade them for the world. I am a Kirk Kara girl!” If you’re shopping for exquisite rings and fine jewelry in the Kansas City area, Karats Jewelers is your must-stop shop. Their heritage is set in stone, and their commitment to customer service is second to none. That’s exactly what Kirk Kara is all about.

Why Platinum ? A Post from

I thought to share the importance of Why Platinum? Our friends at Tacori have done a great job in explaining Why Platinum is a better metal. This post is from one of their Blogs. You can visit the link to the actual Blog Post at the bottom of this page. In the spirit to promote a better metal I fully voice the same recommendations as our friends at Tacori have done.


You have many choices to make when you’re selecting your engagement ring and wedding bands, and your decision about which metal to wear is one of the most important.

There are pros and cons to every metal option, including personal preference and pricing. And no matter which metal you select, we know that you want to make an informed decision about the best metal for you. If you’re debating between white gold and Platinum, here a few of the reasons why Platinum is the premium choice for Tacori engagement rings and wedding bands.

To start, Platinum’s naturally white color won’t fade or change color over time. This means, no maintenance is required to maintain a white hue over the lifetime of the ring.

Compared to a white gold ring, it’s important to note that gold itself is naturally occurring in nature as a soft yellow metal. In order to change the color from yellow to create a white gold ring, the natural yellow gold must be mixed with other white metals – also known as an “alloy” – to lessen the yellow appearance and strengthen the gold into a formula that can be used for jewelry purposes. After the white gold alloy is created, the initial white color of a white gold ring does often fade over time, and requires maintenance over the life of the ring to restore the white color to a showroom finish. This is different from a Platinum ring, which will not require maintenance to maintain its white hue.

Additionally, the metal purity of Platinum is approximately 95% pure Platinum, compared to a white gold alloy, which is approximately 75% gold for an 18K gold alloy ring. This purity makes a Platinum ring not only more dense with this precious metal (as it’s 95% pure Platinum), but it is also naturally hypoallergenic and ideal for those with sensitive skin. This is different from white gold, which is known to contain other metals in its alloy which may trigger an allergic reaction.

Additionally, this natural density and weight of Platinum – as Platinum is 25% heavier than gold – are characteristics that make it more durable than other jewelry metals. Platinum does not wear away and holds precious stones firmly and securely. In short, Platinum prongs are better protection for diamonds.

Like all precious metals, Platinum scratches. But when these scratches occur on a Platinum piece, they actually create a natural, rich patina on the ring that strengthens the metallurgical properties of the piece.

However, the scratch on a Platinum piece is merely a displacement of the metal and none of its volume is lost — unlike gold, which can flake away if scratched and wear thin over the lifetime of a ring. If a Platinum ring is dented (because it is a softer metal than gold), Platinum can often be reshaped, as none of its original volume is lost.

In addition to its strength and density, Platinum has another remarkable quality – pliability. Platinum is so pliable, that just one gram of the metal can be drawn to produce a fine wire over one mile (almost 2 km) long. This quality has enabled jewelers to create some amazing versatile Platinum designs, which could not be fashioned from other precious metals. And because Tacori’s designs are often so intricate with the hand-crafted details, Platinum is the optimal metal for our craftsmanship to truly shine.

In our opinion, everything looks better in Platinum.

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Barry Verragio a true friend to KARATS and Akshay Anand

A bit late to post this great picture of a wonderful friend and fantastic jewelry designer Barry Verragio. Had the wonderful opportunity to be with him at our national convention in Las Vegas in June. I have long admired his work. Vincent Van Gogh once said “I dream of painting and then I paint my dream”; and for us in the ring world this could not be more true when it comes to creating rings that leaves us in an awe. A dream brought to life by my true and loyal friend Barry Verragio.

KARATS and Verragio’s partnership dates back to nearly a decade and our commitment to quality and fine craftsmanship is what makes both of us partners for life. I have also had the joy to know Barry on a personal level and I admire him as a human being.


akshay Anand karats

Akshay Anand Karats

A Great Joy !! My American Dream.

One of the greatest joys to me is to walk in everyday through these doors and see the proud American flag outside KARATS. It’s a reminder and an embodiment of unfettered American values. It is a proclamation of our unalienable rights, irrespective of who we are. It is a reminder that the creed of the founders is well alive everyday and that each morning I attempt to pursue those notions through hard work and embodying these solemn values. It’s by far not a perfect union but it is indeed the best we have.

To A New Year

2015 was a great year for KARATS in a lot of aspects. Not only we won the Best Of Weddings from The Knot 3 years in a row ( 2014, 2015 and now 2016) we once again became the ONLY Tacori Platinum Partner for 2016 in Kansas. Verragio also renewed our Exclusive Verragio Premiere Boutique Status as its only store in entire Kansas City Metro. As KARATS continued to grow we also added prestigious watch brands such as Tudor, Longines, Luminox and more.

We did also endure some setbacks which included the 2 robberies at KARATS within 60 days. However, those setbacks did not keep us or our loyal customers from making it a great year. It actually has helped us further in implementing some changes, adding new and expanded security systems and close coordination with the great city of Overland Park we live in. It was also amazing to see how much the community cared for us and outpoured their love and support to KARATS and us. Family, friends, vendors and the City came forward to extend the most helping hand we have ever seen. To them we will always be grateful.

Personally, I’m also grateful for the growth and the opportunities we have had to continue growing KARATS. I have always believed in a great saying “The Journey To A Thousand Miles Begins With A Single Step”. KARATS is indeed a dream. It is larger than life and our American Dream that we have build with love and dedication. There is a fundamental difference between businesses. Those at the helm who see it merely as a business will be complacent but those that treat it like a love and passion will continue to invest in its growth for the greater good. Jim Collins in his book Good To Great said it right “Their ambition is first and foremost for the institution, not themselves.” As we continue to turn the pages of 2016 I cannot wait to see what is in-store for us. I am looking forward anxiously to what this year brings in many fronts personally and professionally.

Happy New Years and make this year the greatest ever. Our dreams are dreams for all of us to achieve together. Together we move mountains.

Akshay Andy Anand

KARATS ~ Our 6 Generation Dream, A Passion, A Love and foremost Our American Dream.

Karats Akshay Andy Anand

Karats Akshay Andy Anand


A great thing about living in Kansas City metro is the wonderful local events that make it fun to attend.

Just in the past weekend I have attended, The Plaza Art Fair, American Royal BBQ and Water Fire on The Plaza in Kansas City, Missouri

I am looking forward to a busy Fall. In the Jewelry Industry and working at KARATS the privilege of making life long relationships is incomparable.

Hope everyone has a fun work week and look forward to exciting Fall/Winter 2015.

Akshay Anand


Akshay Anand KARATS

As a 6th generation business I pride my self in long lasting relationships with our customers, vendors and the community I am in involved in. At KARATS we strive hard to make sure every customer walks out with a smile. KARATS jewelers features the largest selection of engagement rings in the area with prestigious and renowned designers such as Tacori, Verragio, A Jaffe, Kirk Kara and many more.

The Anand family and Akshay Anand continue to be involved in the community by being part of the Leawood Rotary Club and many other philanthropic organizations. The Anand family believes in giving back to the community we belong too. Akshay’s involvement with Rotary, American Cancer Society, Cystic Fibrosis, Social Heart, American Heart Association and many more is a result of our commitment to Kansas City.

When you walk into KARATS you will personally meet Akshay Anand and his team of dedicated individuals ready to help you personally with a beautiful jewelry or watch from Karats.

We look forward to welcoming you to KARATS, located on 135 & Antioch in Overland Park, Kansas.

Akshay Anand, KARATS, Overland Park, Kansas

Anand Family

Anand Family

The Watch Destination

My love for watches is known to those that know me. Today at KARATS we carry the largest and the most prestigious of brands in the watch industry. Breitling, Ball, Longines, RADO, Tissot, Hamilton, Movado, ESQ, Luminox, Michael Kors, Citizen, Skagen, Bulova and Bulova Swiss are just some of the brands we proudly host at KARATS. For a detailed list please visit and you will see all the brands.

As the 6th generation in the business my love and passion to be excellent at what I do is what drives me constantly. Serving fellow Kansas City friends and customers and having our store in Overland Park, Kansas is what gives us a personalized service above everything else.

It would be a pleasure to help you with a great watch and help you personally.

I look forward to seeing you at KARATS

Akshay Andy Anand


Overland Park, KS

Akshay Andy Anand Kansas

Akshay Andy Anand Kansas – Breitling Ambassador 

Stumbling Your Way To Greatness

Stumbling your way to greatness

As Seth Godin says ~

“One reason people who spend a lot of time thinking about and working on a problem or a craft seem to find breakthroughs more often than everyone else is that they’ve failed more often than everyone else.”

Those who dare to fail greatly can succeed greatly as well. Falling often means you learn more than those that didn’t fall as much. I love to fall, that means I have learned something that I did not know before and I tried more than others did. Falling is a beautiful thing. If Thomas Edison didn’t try every single time he failed imagine where we would be. He failed at least a 1000 times. When a reporter asked, “How did it feel to fail 1,000 times?” Edison replied, I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps.  Never Quit!

I leave you with this thought. My strength comes from the words of a great poem by Sir William Earnest Henley called the Invictus. It says :

It matters not how strait the gate, How charged with punishment the scroll,

I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul.

Among Top Retailers At Tacori Design Studio

This week the KARATS team was among the finest retailers in the nation that had the privilege to tour Tacori Design Studio. Handcrafted in California, with greatest artisans we saw first hand how Tacori Engagement Rings are crafted. It has been a wonderful experience and we look forward to sharing what we so passionately believe in. Delivering the highest quality jewelry. Proudly made in the US of A under the California Sun.

Tacori Design Studio

Tacori Design Studio


Tacori Ring

Tacori Ring

Club Tacori 2014

C lub Tacori 2014