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New Breitling at KARATS

The new Chronospace Evo B60 ! A new 100% Breitling ‘engine’ – also available in blue! 💯

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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.

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Karats Akshay Andy Anand

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

Akshay Andy Anand Kansas

Akshay Andy Anand Kansas – Breitling Ambassador 

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

 

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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Tacori

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

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