Artist - Designer | Biography
My name is Ara Davidi Ghazaryan. I was born on October 8, 1974 in Gyumri, Armenia. I spent my childhoold and youth in my hometown, where I started my first steps in jewelry making at the age of 14.
I have been studying at Gyumri College of Fine Arts since I was 16 years old in the section of artistic processing of metals. where I got acquainted with the secrets and tricks of jewelry making. Later, I improved my skills and mastered my profession by myself. At the age of 20, I was already well-known goldsmith and had a good reputation in Gyumri. I was working in individual orders received from Europe.
In 2001, I moved to Los Angeles, USA and shortly after relocating, I opened my own design studio called “Ara Davidi” where I would set the groundwork to further establish my passion for jewelry design. Throughout the years I’ve received and worked on many orders from prominent people. I have mastered designer-modeling, enamel, engraving, and fine sculpting using old technologies.
On June 12, 2017, I was awarded the Guinness World Record Award as the founder of the world’s smallest handmade gold chess set. The entire chessboard measures 15.3*15.3. It was created by Brazilian cherry wood and 18kt gold; weighing only 6.5 grams. The largest figures are the King and the Queen (at 4.8mm each); the smallest are the pawns (at 2.3mm each). With diamonds on the King and a tiny removable crown on the Queen, there are also four diamonds underneath the chessboard.
In 2019, I received a special Biennale award for my creation Tachar (Temple) dedicated to the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinvi.
On August 22, 2020, I won the second Guinness World Record for the smallest chess set in the world. The chessboard measures 8mm*8mm, the pawns 1mm, the King 2.4mm. I used 18 K white and yellow gold and Armenian apricot wood.
Throughout the years I have received and designed various orders from an amalgamation of high profiled celebrities and other prominent individuals. After years of relentless work, I embarked on designing intricate and delicate creations with a mixture of modern and classic approaches.
My passion towards jewelry and designs has no limits. I undertake projects that are not only abstract but also antique, classical and modern; combining different worlds of art into one. I complete and execute my work with tools that I have personally created that are not sold anywhere on the planet. It’s important to note that my work is fueled by soul and a thirst for creativity. I will continue to push myself towards new limits. The art of jewelry design is not only my life but also entails philosophy. I can say that my biggest inspiration throughout life has been Leonardo Da Vinci; a man and an artist who encompassed the reality that art and philosophy will always be intertwined.
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