- The Washington Times - Saturday, October 8, 2005

The LeVian family has been replicating ancient jewelry-making techniques and handcrafting works for more than 500 years. It has gathered some of the special pieces into a one-day show, “Le Vian Through the Centuries,” which will be on display at Jared the Galleria of Jewelry at Tysons Corner tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The LeVian family began its artistry in Persia in the 15th century. In 1746, Persian ruler Nadir Shah entrusted the family with his 186-carat Kooh-I-Noor diamond, the 182-carat Daria-I-Nur diamond and the Peacock Throne, which was encrusted with 26,733 precious stones.

Those pieces are not among the collection on display at Tysons Corner. However, visitors will see historical themes from that time in many of the items, says Eddie LeVian, chief executive officer and head designer for Le Vian, which is based in New York.

“There are some very special pieces in this display,” Mr. LeVian says. “You can see how some of the designs have threaded themselves throughout our history.”

Among the highlights of the show:

A 40-pound jeweled elephant made in 1746 as a tribute to Nadir Shah. The 11-inch-tall statue is hand-inlaid with 6,602 pieces of natural turquoise totaling 12,000 carats. Each of the elephant’s eyes is a 2-carat ruby. The tusks are hand-carved ivory.

A slide pendant, circa 1501, that is made of a solid rectangle of jade and adorned with a golden plaque. In the center is a 1.5-carat ruby set in a field of Persian turquoise and framed by a hand-wrought border of gold.

A diamond-and-sapphire set that took 80 years to perfect. The jewelry makers searched from 1880 to 1930 to find 51 perfectly matched heart-shaped and modified pear-shaped sapphires. In the 1960s, each blue stone was set within a diamond heart to make a necklace, earrings and ring set.

The “Ziba Ziba!” collection. The name for this necklace, bracelet and earrings set means “beautiful” in Persian. The set is made with rare pigeon blood rubies from Siam (now Thailand) set in diamonds.

The rubies were a wedding gift from Abdulrahim LeVian to his bride, Pary, in 1946, but it was not until 1986 that the pieces were completed.

The necklace is set with nine pear-shaped rubies, which are rare today, Mr. LeVian says. The 18.22 carats of rubies are set among double and triple bands of round and marquise diamonds that total 26.97 carats. Each earring has one pear-shaped 1.26-carat ruby and 15.16 carats of diamonds surrounding it.

The bracelet features 9.77 carats of pear-shaped rubies that are rimmed and linked with marquise and round diamonds.

The “Face of an Angel” is a necklace originally sketched in the 18th century for Nadir Shah. This necklace, which was made in 1985, contains nearly 1,000 diamonds, each of which is hand-set and moves separately. The necklace, which also features 12 carats of emeralds, goes from a double to a triple to a quadruple strand, then streams off in nine strands of diamonds below the “face.”

When you go:

Location: The “Le Vian Through the Centuries” jewelry exhibition is on display at Jared the Galleria of Jewelry, 8113 Leesburg Pike, Vienna.

When: Tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Information: 703/893-0154



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