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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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National Jewelry Convention – Kansas City to Las Vegas

Each year KARATS team visits the prestigious and invite only Luxury Jewelry Show. Which essentially caters to the top 10 % of the Retailers and Manufacturers and Designers. KARATS has had the privilege and honor to be a part of this exclusive group for many years. Our vendors share with us the new designs, trends and what the future looks like. To serve Kansas City in the best fashion we strive to bring the best jewelry and designers to our largest selection of Engagement Rings, Wedding Bands and most importantly unique selection that cannot be found anywhere else.

We are eternally grateful to Kansas City for honoring us with being the Engagement Ring Super Store of Kansas City.

I enjoyed my visit with Paul Tacorian from Tacori, Barry Verragio from Verragio, Simon G from Simon G and many other designers and manufacturers.

Visit KARATS and learn more or simply visit and learn more about the Anand Family

KARATS Jewelers visits the Simon G booth

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Akshay Andy Anand and KARATS Jewelers with Tacori

One Kansas City couple at a time.

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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 Tacori.com

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.

To explore more Tacori engagement rings, click here. For Tacori wedding bands, click here.

For more information about Platinum, please visit www.preciousPlatinum.com

For more information about Gold, please visit www.gold.org

 

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Original Link to this exact same Blog Post is on Tacori’s website at ~ https://www.tacori.com/blog/education/why-platinum

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.

 

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Akshay Anand Karats

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 www.karats.us 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

KARATS

Overland Park, KS

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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.

Honored by the BBB recognition.

Better Business Bureau chose KARATS JEWELERS as the only jewelry store to feature there special BBB advertisement. We are grateful for this acknowledgment and support from the Kansas City Community. A short and amazing clip that you will see around town with my smiling face 🙂

Click Below to see the video

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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