Gagik and Madine Gevorkian Named Navasartian Honorary Presidents
GLENDALE - The Homenetmen Western US Regional Executive announced that Mr. & Mrs. Gagik and Madine Gevorkian have been named the Honorary Presidents of the 37th Annual Navasartian Games. In an effort to acquaint the public with the Gevorkians, a biographical sketch is provided herein.
Gagik Gevorkian, President of the Armenian Jewelers Association (AJA) and the President of Estet Jewelry House, has been serving the jewelry industry for over 30 years. A consummate professional, he is known worldwide for his capabilities to achieve outstanding business results in the jewelry industry.
Born in Armenia, he spent his childhood years and youth in Yerevan. He completed his education in Yerevan in 1973 and, in 1977, became a student of the Jewelry College in jewelry design and diamond cutting department. He also joined the Arts Fund of Armenia as a designer. From a very young age, he began to work as a jeweler at his uncle’s jewelry workshop in Yerevan. With knowledge and experience full of Armenian jewelry traditions, he still sought to improve and strengthen his skills in this field as he moved to Moscow in 1979. Here, he faced a new reality – difficult conditions for a hardworking person to gain access and to create a future. Gagik joined the Art Fund of Soviet Union as a designer and renovator. He soon achieved great success in Moscow and, in 1991, he founded the first private jewelry company in Russia – the Estet Jewelry House. Today, Estet is one of the largest jewelry manufacturing plants in Europe.
The company’s history dates back to a small family workshop where talented goldsmiths created their jewelry in sophisticated and exquisite styles. This was later to become the Estet trademark. Gagik started out working at Estet and quickly learned the ins and outs of the craft. Estet Jewelry House quickly became a Russian brand name known throughout Europe and was ranked as one of the main jewelry market players in the Russian Federation.
A new and interesting page in his biography opened in 2009 when he entered the Armenian Jewelers Association as the founder and chairman of AJA Russian. In his two years at that post, he was a strong leader able to bring people together around his ideas. Then, in 2011, he became the President of AJA International and started to realize all his ambitious projects. Under his leadership, the AJA International magazine was established and, in 2011, the AJA held a very successful exhibition in Yerevan. This had been a longtime dream for all AJA members and it finally came true thanks to his efforts. New AJA divisions have been opened in Armenia, the Czech Republic, Russia, Belgium, the United Arab Emirates, and Argentina. A wonderful new website for the AJA has also been established as a great tool for communication and collaboration between AJA members worldwide. Gagik has handled the AJA with the same level of care that he gives for his own company, Estet.
The opening of jewelry schools is also one of the most important projects he realized in a short period. The first AJA School was opened in Moscow in December 2011, and three more schools in Artsakh, Yerevan, and Los Angeles have been opened so far this year. As a true Armenian, Gagik always wishes to be helpful to his homeland. AJA today is leading a project to create a Free Economic Zone in Armenia. He strongly believes that many Armenians can work together to succeed and prosper.
Of course, the most important achievement in his life is his family: his wife Madine and their two children – Gayane and Eduard. Madine Babaian was also born and raised in Yerevan, where she attended the city Art College. After earning her degree in art, the couple was married in 1981. They raised their family in Moscow until 1999 when they moved to Los Angeles. They are proud to be new members of the Homenetmen family as the Honorary Presidents of the 37th Annual Navasartian Games.
The Homenetmen Regional Executive congratulates Mr. & Mrs. Gagik and Madine Gevorkian and warmly welcomes them to the Homenetmen family.