Kirk Kara combines vintage styling with contemporary flair to create fine bridal and fashion diamond jewelry that speaks to the modern woman. Although this Los Angeles-based jewelry artisan produces enduring heirlooms that recall the grace and grandeur of the Victorian period, he continues to innovate in his technique and use of gemstones in his latest designs.
Kirk Kara’s “Victoria” and “Stella” collections feature engagement rings and wedding bands with matching necklaces, earrings, and bracelets. Reflecting old world charm in new world styles, these romantic series focus on the opulent brilliance of white diamonds coupled with the rich majesty of blue sapphires set in lustrous platinum or 18K white gold.
Women are increasingly asking for colored stones in their bridal jewelry, particularly blue sapphire, says Kara. “For some, it represents their birthstone. For others, they’re drawn to the timeless color of blue. If a woman’s personality is colorful, then her bridal rings should be special, too. The prevalence of color in today’s jewelry designs inspired us to create this updated version of a true classic. What is old is new again!”
New diamond engagement ring styles can also be found in Kara’s latest “Charlotte,” “Isabella,” and “Amelia” bridal collections, as well as fresh right-hand ring to join his “Angelique” series, including his hand-made design in vintage platinum scrollwork with .91 carats of diamonds – one of 15 fashion rings featured in the 2005 “A Diamond is Forever” campaign.
Combining an artist’s eye for perfection and a craftsman’s expertise, Kara creates fine bridal and fashion jewelry that is at once subtle and daring, dainty and robust. Each engagement ring fits snugly next to its matching wedding band – not only for comfort and design character, but also to reflect the symbolism of marriage, describes Kara, in two becoming one.
Kara enriches his designs with a passion, creativity and commitment to excellence handed down for three generations, dating back to the founding of a family business more than a century old. For Kara, it is this sense of family that his creations best evoke – the ideal attribute for jewelry designed to signify the start of a new family in marriage. His father, a master jeweler, and mother, the muse, inspired many Kirk Kara designs, like the Angelique.
His fondest memories, recalls Kara, were growing up in his father’s workshop, a hotbed of creativity and passion for the art of jewelry making. He says he was both encouraged and inspired to design jewelry in this magical place. Likewise, the family atmosphere that nurtured his success as a youth continues today with his wife and two daughters, who oversee sales and marketing – which includes a national consumer ad campaign, co-op advertising, in-store displays and signage, sales training, and personal appearances.
Kara says he strives to create timeless art that will distinguish the individual wearer and express her special character. “I hope my jewelry becomes an important part of not only the most cherished occasions a couple can share, but every moment they spend together.”