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Light-weight and masculine, titanium lends itself naturally to creative design in this new Tateossian collection of rare and unusual cufflinks. Titanium as a material is low density and high strength. It is highly resistant to corrosion. Titanium is often used in automotive industry, particularly in racing cars or motorcycle racing, due to its special endurance qualities. Each is a naturally formed Campo del Cielo iron meteorite, ensuring that every cufflink is unique and has its own individual charm and rarity. These meteorite fragments originate in the Campo del Cielo craters, which are 5000 years old, and were found in Argentina in 1576. Each iron meteorite is roughly shaped and has a distinct textural surface. These iron meteorites are stylishly soldered onto a polished titanium cufflink.
From City financier to the “King of Cufflinks” and jewellery trendsetter: it seems a mighty leap for anyone to make – but for Robert Tateossian, a man whose international upbringing and love of travelling the world over has provided design inspiration, the transition was natural. Born in Kuwait and educated at French schools in Rome, Tateossian (who is fluent in seven languages) studied international finance at the prestigious Wharton School of Finance in Pennsylvania, before embarking on a successful career with Merrill Lynch on Wall Street and in the City of London.
After seven years of investment banking, Tateossian was ready to fulfil his ambition to start his own business. His creative flair, love of luxury and keen eye for detail led him to jewellery and accessory design, setting up offices in London and initially a workshop in Birmingham - in the heart of England’s silversmith industry. Tateossian seeks the finest craftsmanship available globally and capitalises on the best techniques and quality for price. His goal has always been to create a line of jewellery and accessories for men and women that reflected his own ethos: stylish, unique and of uncompromising quality. In 1990, Tateossian Ltd was created
Innovative materials, including precious and semi-precious stones and crystals are mixed and paired in unique combinations, each piece with an element of surprise. Precious stones and materials are sourced from all around the world, from dinosaur bone and meteorite to black diamonds, giving a unique and unusual aspect to designs. This singular approach has made Tateossian the destination for men and women who are completely confident with their own sense of style, and choose collectable pieces each season to reflect and underscore their individual sensibility and approach to fashion.
Tateossian has been awarded for design excellence by securing the much coveted UK British Export Award for Accessories three times. In 2009, Tateossian won the acclaimed IJL Editor’s Choice Award and International Frontier Buyers Award.