MICHAEL M. BIOGRAPHY
Designer Michael Meksian’s dream came true when he was just a young European teenager. He emigrated to the U.S. from Europe longing for a career in the gems and jewelry industry. Michael set his sights on building a business that would be recognized world-wide for its expertise and unrivaled reputation.
Quickly finding that his skills in manufacturing and casting were useful to employers in Los Angeles, Michael realized that his goal of starting his own company was attainable. “I loved designing and producing, and I always had a vision of having a large wholesale distribution company,” Michael explains. He then began designing gold fashion pieces and custom work that evolved over the following decade into something much larger: New Gold Mfg., Inc.
One of the largest gold wholesale companies in the industry, New Gold Mfg., Inc. supplies exclusive retailers around the world with high-quality designs and unsurpassed service. Although a definitive success, Michael was not satisfied to just succeed in unbranded product: He was ready to put his name on his jewelry. “I liked the competition in the designer marketplace, and knew that with our level of experience, we could bring something to the customer that was not yet available.”
Peter Meksian, Michael’s son joined the family business at the age of 14. Peter was born and raised in Los Angeles, and jewelry is certainly in his DNA. “I came into work with my father every summer, and the love for the business just grew into me,” Peter explains. Although he enjoyed the design and manufacturing process initially, Peter found his niche in expanding the Michael M brand through aggressive marketing and jewelry line extensions. Peter’s innate understanding of the modern designer jewelry consumer has been instrumental to Michael M’s success.
The move from generic wholesale to designer product began in 2004, but Michael M the brand, was officially born in 2008. Featuring a handmade selection of engagement rings and designer fashion jewelry, the company specializes in unique, detailed pieces and relies on Michael’s 26 years of experience to offer an exquisite collection that brings European refinement and artistry to the upscale retail market and today’s jewelry connoisseur.