Episode 39: Live with Arman Suciyan On the Living Tradition of Master Artisanship in Jewelry. Jeweler Arman Suciyan began his training under two jewelry masters in the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, part of a 555 year history in Turkey and tradition that encompasses diverse trades including miniature wax carving , sadekar (goldsmith) , kalemkar (engraver), cameo, lapidary, bejeweling, antique granulation, Turkish style (alaturka mıhlama) diamond setting (rose cut diamond setting) and alafranga stone (European style) setting. We will discuss Arman’s role as a product of this unique aspect of Turkish cultural heritage, as well as his time training in jewelry design in England, his work with Stephen Webster and his own sculptural works, which have been described as art by experts including Melanie Grant in her recent book Coveted: Art and Innovation in High Jewelry. Arman shows us around his workshop and much more! We take viewer questions throughout. Interested listeners can also view additional imagery at the Beekman New York instagram @beekmannewyork as well as to view the full interview at the Beekman New York Fine Jewelry Podcast on YouTube.
Each episode of the series features a conversation between Dr. Sharon Novak, certified gemologist and co-founder of Beekman New York, and an industry expert within the luxury space, highlighting their shared joy and appreciation of fine jewelry. Topics include mixing period jewelry with modern pieces, heritage and craftsmanship of luxury jewelry houses worldwide, certfied natural and phenomenal gems and collecting vintage jewelry.