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Michael M Behind the Brand Image

All MICHAEL M designs reflect the dedication and passion to quality craftsmanship that Michael Meksian learned decades ago.

When young Michael Meksian came to the United States in 1980, he embarked on a dream held by many immigrants: “In America, I can do better.” Raised in Armenia, the youngest of three, Michael believed that if he dedicated himself to his dreams of a better life, he could achieve them. With limited English and no special skill set, Michael took any job that might improve his life, often working long hours in manual labor.

In 1982, after the death of his father, Michael got a job at a gold manufacturer in the Jewelry District of Downtown Los Angeles. The owner, also of Armenian descent, took Michael under his wing, treating him like a son. Behind the Brand Image 2 Michael was taught not only the English language but more importantly, the skills of a master jeweler. These skills would prove to be the backbone of the Meksian legacy.


The following year, Michael traveled the country as a gold jewelry salesman. He was so successful that upon his return to Los Angeles, he quit his job and struck out on his own. In 1985, the 25 year-old entrepreneur’s hard work had paid off. Michael employed 50 craftsmen in his very own jewelry factory, becoming one of the largest employers in Downtown Los Angeles. He devoted long hours, doing whatever it took to keep pace with his growing business, even if it meant doing the polishing himself.

In 2007, Michael’s eldest son, Peter joined him in the jewelry business. A year later, they formed a vision of creating modern jewelry design with a classic, European flair: MICHAEL M. The Meksian family of jewelers shared their MICHAEL M vision by partnering with only the finest jewelry retailers in the United States, Canada and Australia.

Recognized globally, the MICHAEL M brand continues to embody the skills Michael learned long ago: creating classic and stylish pieces with expert craftsmanship and meticulous attention to detail.

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