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Growing up on the island of O’ahu, Ara’s journey with the jewelry industry began at the tender age of seven. With his father as a goldsmith, daily Ara would learn the minute details of the retail, wholesale, and manufacturing aspects of the business. Watching his father create magic with jewelry for many years, diamonds and precious stones quickly began to fascinate him.
As a result, Ara developed a passion for hand engraving at the ripe age of fifteen. His professional career began shortly thereafter when he opened his own retail store, Avo’s Jewelry, which carried Hawaiian heirloom pieces. After four successful years, he closed his doors to pursue the art of hand engraving and custom jewelry manufacturing. From simple sketches to complex jewelry software, his methods and talents continued to develop and sharpen.
In 1998, he moved to Los Angeles where he opened, Aura Creations. Today, with his current business, Aura Fine Jewels, Ara still has the same passion for the art of hand engraving as he did when he first began.
Ara is married to his high school sweetheart, and together they share a beautiful son. "Hand engraving is an art that is passed on from generation to generation," Ara says. "It’s a way of expressing myself with my hands through my soul and is a great way to leave a legacy behind."