Luxury Designer & Master Jewelsmith
Armak has been designing and creating jewelry ever since he was a small, seven-year-old boy living in Istanbul, Turkey. He began his journey as the apprentice to a jewel master, and by the young age of fifteen he had his own jewelry shop at sixteen, he had already won the European Jewelry Design Competition. Growing up in Turkey, Armak was constantly inspired by the exquisite beauty of the traditional jewelry of his country. When he turned seventeen, he packed up his things and moved to New York with his family, going 7am to continue his high school education After 4pm pushing carts in supermarkets, after 10pm pumping gasoline till 3am in gas station after two years of hard work he opened a jewelry workshop on Canal Street, New York. The workmanship he demonstrated at the shop quickly brought him recognition, and for great reason. Armak contributed his designs and creations to well-known designers and created a gorgeous emerald set collection for the Royal family of England, through Fine Jewelry Stores.
After crafting up a ruby red necklace collection, designed especially for Elizabeth Taylor, Armak was awarded American Designer of the Year for his outstanding accomplishments. Soon after, he was awarded by De Beers for his “Wing Swept” gold and diamond earring, which featured 356 Diamonds set in a pave setting (total of 4 carats). Later that year, Armak created, organized, directed and coordinated numerous fashion shows for Mrs. Rockefeller’s “Woman’s Association of America”, his collections was coordinated designers like Calvin Klein, Pierre Cardin, Albert Nippon, Michael Katz, Oscar De La Renta and Paula Saker and Co.
Armak later moved on to create his very own jewelry craft school for adults 5th ave at 36th street New York, where he taught and trained his extraordinary techniques to over 450 students. Little did Armak know, that quite soon he would be faced with a terrible situation; he was viciously burglarized, which forced him to close his studio. Nevertheless, he refused to allow the set-back to get in the way of reaching his greatest goals. He was called in by Bob Guccioni to design a special masterpiece exclusively for Miss Penthouse International with Oleg Cassini.
Armak was given the Merit of Uniqueness Award for his matchless Unisex Gold Chain designs. He is most delighted by the project that was given to him by Stephanie Powers. The famous jeweler also designed a selection of pieces for Stephanie Powers’ television premiere. His famous half moon diamond earring received yet another European award.
Expanding into all facets of the industry, Armak was hired by Europe’s largest record company, Raks Music, to produce, write, choreograph and direct music videos for their top ten artists. He has also done some designing abroad, creating collections in Europe and Asia. One of Mr. Armak’s pet projects is creating children’s education programs throughout South America, which is very close to his heart.
Today, Armak is a leading name in the jewelry industry. As an international fine jewelry designer, producer and director of music videos, international magazine publisher, and international jewelry show organizer; he does it all. Armak’s passion for jewelry is evident in his exquisite workmanship and meticulous attention to detail. Specializing in gold, diamonds, gems, and precious stones, his designs are timeless and are sure to continue along the path of success for years to come.
As Armak travels to some of the most breathtaking places, Armak spends a great deal of time capturing the different areas of the world he sees, and conveying them through his collections. He takes great pride in his craft, and is always seeking out new projects to expand upon the notorious Armak brand. There is no telling what amazing venture this talented jeweler will take on next, but there is no doubt it will be something to marvel at. Armak currently resides in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with his family.
Good Morning America, Channel 4-5-11, Canal 6, ATV, Canal D, Paparazzi Channel. Articles in publications: Hurriyet, Milli Hafta Sonu, Sabah Telerama, El Siglo, Revista, NY Gunaydin, Economist, TV Guide, Marketing Turkiy, New York Times, Dallas, National Enquirer, Robb Report. His jewels have been seen on covers, including: JCK, Cosmopolitan, National Jeweler, Modem Jeweler, D News, and Goldsmith magazine, Vogue, GQ, Modern Woman, and Elle.
Celebrity Clients & Projects:
The Rockefellers family, Lionel Richie, Commodores, Grace Jones, Liza Minnelli, Liberace, Oleg Cassini, Andy Gibb, Russian Madonna, Lauren Hutton, Corrine Alphen, Bob Guccioni, Donna Kerim, Kim Alexis, Robert Farber, Ashford & Simpson, Francesco Scavullo, Richard Avedon, Priscilla Presley, Vidal Sasson, Natasha Alexandrovna, Raven Blue, Albert Nippon, Ajda Pekkan, Bulent Ersoy, Fatih Erkoc, Sibel Tuzun, Tetris, Fatih Kisaparmak, Coskun Sabah, Sinan Erkoc, Nilufer, Raffet El Roman,.
ARMAK’s credits include:
AWARDS & CREDITS: Super Director Title for Music video • Super Turk Title For jewelry designs • International Pearl Ass.: Unique design award for pearl necklace design • Intergold: Certificate of merit for gold design • De Beers: Winner of creativity De Beers: Second place International award for diamond earring, Intergold: The most innovative Grand prize winner • C.P.H.S: Art & Paint Award for Painting European award: First place Goldsmith for gold cufflinks creation M.C.D: First Price Award Winner Poem Writing & Reading.