Our Story

Shannakian Fine Jewellery is a true family business that was born out of a fairy-tale like story of love, bravery and determination.
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The Shannnakian love story

Arpee and Hovig’s families originated from the same village in Lebanon. One summer when Arpee and her family where visiting the village from Australia, she and Hovig realised there was more to their relationship that just friendship. Over the next 7 years their romance blossomed via long-distance as the two would travel back and forth between Lebanon and Australia.

Arpee could see Hovig’s potential and together they agreed that they would have wonderful opportunities for their family in Australia. Without speaking a word of English, Hovig moved to Melbourne and started work as a jeweller. Despite the initial challenges, Hovig learnt English through his interactions with customers, and built his reputation for being a craftsman, not just a jeweller, someone who strives to deliver beyond his client’s wildest dreams.

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A passion for perfection.

Hovig Shannakian is passionate about handcrafting superb jewellery from the finest materials. With over 20 years of industry experience, Hovig opened his Melbourne based Shannakian Fine Jewellery with his wife Arpee in 2007, and has become one of Australia’s most sought-after custom fine jewellers.

Growing up in Lebanon, Hovig took an apprenticeship in jewellery setting and moved out on his own in Beirut when he was just 13. While it seems almost unbelievable that one could find their calling in life at such a young age, that’s exactly how Hovig discovered his obsession for diamonds, jewels and designing unique, irresistible pieces.

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Loved by many

Shannakian Fine Jewellery embodies Hovig’s meticulous attention to detail and obsession with quality. As an Armenian, Hovig reflects the long tradition of Armenian Jewellers, who are known around the world for their fine creations and genuine love for the industry.

Indeed, for Hovig, jewellery making is more than just a career – it is an artform.

This unrelenting quest for perfection has seen Shannakian Fine Jewellery become the go-to for discerning jewellery lovers and celebrities looking for modern, glamorous and elegant designs.

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The Shannakian experience

Hovig sources premium materials, including exquisite diamonds and jewels from his international network of the world’s leading wholesalers. Offering an extensive selection of engagement rings, wedding rings, dress rings, pendants, earrings, bracelets and more, Hovig and his team of craftsmen handmake each and every piece in their Melbourne based workshop.

Whilst the extensive showroom is home to many unique pieces, Shannakian Fine Jewellery are renowned for their custom orders, in particular engagement rings, where each request is met with Hovig’s dedication and quest for perfection.

Visits to Shannakian Fine Jewellery are via appointment only, ensuring customers are given Hovig’s undivided attention so that he can precisely capture their vision, be it for an engagement ring or statement necklace. Recently renovated, the showroom has a modern, welcoming atmosphere where guests can relax and enjoy the luxurious, fresh space while they explore the world of Shannakian Fine Jewellery.

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