The story begins half a world away. Brothers Hratch (Harry) and Zohrab (Zorro) were born to Armenian parents; a shoemaker and dressmaker. At 14, Harry worked in his school holidays as an apprentice in a small but respected boutique jeweller. A passion was ignited. Upon completing his school education at 16, he began his trade as a jeweller, honing his skills as he laboured to master his craft.
For Zorro, his journey into fine jewellery started even earlier. At just 10, he was learning the craft alongside his brother and by 12, he left school to begin his jewellery apprenticeship. For both sons, the craft of jeweller was a necessity to support the family; but it was also a hallowed passion that was etched deeply into their souls. They learnt how to identify the very finest diamonds and gemstones; how to select the highest quality materials; and how to design and carefully craft a unique and exquisite piece of jewellery, worthy of the occasion it represents.
In 1973, the family immigrated to Australia. Inspired to bring their passion for quality craftsmanship to their new country, their skills were quickly noticed in Sydney; Harry now as a respected master jeweller and Zorro, being awarded ‘Apprentice Of The Year’ in 1974 by the pre-eminent jeweller in Australia of the time.
The Keverian brothers began trading from a small workshop in the Trust Building in Sydney’s King Street in 1975. As wholesale jewellers, they designed and crafted fine jewellery for some of the most coveted brands in Australia and around the world. Their passion, dedication and personal approach saw Bond Street Jewellers become one of Australia’s most trusted names in fine jewellery.
Over the years, the passion and the craft has been handed from generation to generation, with Harry and Zorro’s children working in the business today. As the business grew, Harry and Zorro established their beautiful studio and workshop at its current location at Archer Street, Chatswood, one of a handful of remaining diamond and gemstone jewellery manufacturers in Australia. Now, driven by a desire to bring the exquisite fine jewellery direct to their customers, Harry and Zorro have opened their doors as a retail business, offering their knowledge, experience and expertise to anyone who wants to mark a special milestone in their life.
Today, master jewellers Harry and Zorro guide a team in their Chatswood workshop, and still meet personally with clients in the studio. As creative director, Zorro’s daughter Natalie manages the retail and wholesale operations along with the creative direction of the business.
From the classic to the contemporary, from the fashionable to the timeless, Bond Street Jewellers create one-of-a-kind fine jewellery that will be treasured for generations.