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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.

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.

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

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

Being An Entrepreneur

Akshay Andy Anand

Akshay Andy Anand

The greatest of joys is to create something bigger and better than you. To put your heart, soul and everything you have to see it grow. Just like how a mother raises a child. Our Businesses is our passion, its a dream and its made with immense emotions and we as Entrepreneurs put every single bit of what we have into it.

I am so blessed to be the 6th generation in the Jewelry Business and live a life filled with passion for what I do. My grandfather would have been so proud to see KARATS in Kansas City. He would have been filled with joy to see how is generations have uplifted the family name and legacy.

I aspire to do my best each day for my business, my family, my loved ones and my community.

Akshay Anand

Aug. 8th, 2013

 

Happy Sunday Kansas City.

Drinking coffee at Starbucks and working on a small project for KARATS and saw this. Thought it was appropriate to share on this Sunday. Go achieve your greatness world. Give our best and make sure you touch every soul you come across. A great life lived is only when we make great impacts on others lives.

Akshay Andy Anand

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