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Customer Stories: KARATS Reviews of Akshay Andy Anand

Dear Fana, 

Our story is the typical American fairy tale. We met in high school, dated through college (Go Kansas Jayhawks!), moved in together after college and we just took all of those big ‘firsts’ together, hand in hand.  After we had settled in to our new place she kept giving me those little hints, well, some less subtle than others, but she was telling me that it was time for that next milestone: marriage. Like most men I found myself anxiety ridden – what if I buy the wrong ring? What if I pay too much? What if, what if, what if!? I could secretly get ideas about what she styles she likes but these are overwhelming times for a man to say the least. 

I then decided to do some research online and slowly but surely I was looking for a local jewelry store in the Kansas City metro area. Based on the number of positive reviews and stories I read I decided to stop in to Karats Jewelers in Overland Park, Kansas and I could not have been happier. I met with the store owner Akshay Andy Anand and was given a very personalized experience as we worked through their vast array of engagement rings (largest in the area!). After viewing a number of brands/ products we happened upon ‘the one’. It was made by a brand called Fana and it was exactly everything she was looking for to the T, as they say. Thanks to Akshay Andy Anand’s assistance I was able to secretly get her finger size and with that we got the order placed. Fana made her ring super quick and Akshay Andy Anand got it to me in no time. And then came the nerve racking part of popping the question!

It took a few days but the plan materialized and her surprise was ready. We took a trip to Chicago and stayed downtown at a fancy old hotel. In our room, on an upper balcony overlooking a neon lite city-scape, I was able to sneak up and with a clear air of surprise I asked the most beautiful person I ever met to spend the rest of their life with me. She said yes and I put that beautiful Fana ring from KARATS Jewelers onto her finger and it never looked more radiant. Thank you Fana and KARATS Jewelers, you helped make a dream come true.

 
Matthew Simpson
Overland Park, Kansas
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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

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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karats jewelers akshay anand

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

My Invocation to Leawood Rotary

On August 25th, 2011 I gave the following Invocation to the Rotary Club of Leawood that I belong too. A couple years down the road, I am remembering a great soul and an American Soldier who gave his life for our freedoms. Leawood Rotary Club is an Organization that gives its time, resources and efforts in making a difference in the world. I am a proud Leawood, KS Rotarian. Where we put Service Above Self.

INVOCATION:

They say that whatever we do comes with a price….a price for freedom, liberties and living our “dreams” is far higher than what we as individuals can EVER realize living where we live.

This nation has been built on principals of Service, Hard Work, Innovation and to stand for righteousness. Just the other day i was seeing a documentry of the days after september 11th when the United States went into Afghanistan, it really changed a lot of perspectives for me of how “this war against terrorism” was conducted as opposed to the many we have fought before.

I was amazed of how the United States only sent 7 men, yes ONLY 7 MEN from CIA to make pacts with the Northern Alliance Group that rebeled the Taliban before many other troops started coming in…..

Making a Long Story Short, it amazed me how the US conducted Drone wars against taliban and insurgents that came to our land and to our homes and tried to disrupt our way of life. Shortly after this documentry one morning i got a text message and it said “Brother Mason Died in Afghanistan”

I was taken back, i was quite and practically numb the entire day…. Matt Mason was my fraternity brother at Northwest Missouri State and was one of the 30 Navy Seals that was killed in Afghanistan and we as a country lost an honorable man, a great member of our community and he leaves behind 2 boys about the ages of 4 and 5 and an expecting daughter in the next month or so.

This man, gave his life for OUR FREEDOM, FOR OUR LIBERTIES and for our “DREAMS” that we living HERE cannot even begin to comprehend what it takes to fight those wars. That man was an honorable individual that fought for you and me amoung many others that have gone before and will continue to pay the BIGGEST PRICE for our FREEDOM.

Lets take a moment of silence and remember those that we know or those that have lost their lives so we all can live freely.

Thank You, I will be passing out a few things i got at matt’s services for you all to check out.