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The Power List

Vartkess Knadjian, Chief Executive, Backes & Strauss

On today's Power List Vartkess Knadjian, Chief Executive of Backes & Strauss, discusses how has he achieved his success at the helm of the world's oldest diamond company since 1982 - as well as his key advice to those starting on their journey in the sector.
16th Mar 2020
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The Power List  Vartkess Knadjian, Chief Executive, Backes & Strauss

Since 1982, Vartkess’ leadership has transformed Backes & Strauss – the world’s oldest diamond company established in 1789 – from a small diamond procurement office into one of the world’s finest jewelled timepiece creators, where highest specification diamonds meet with time in its most precise form.

What is the key piece of advice for those looking to break into the sector? 

Passion and creativity! If you believe in your brand, products and team, you can truly achieve the success you deserve.

How have you achieved your success?

Through many years of hard work and passion in what I was doing, whether as a diamond trader or as a brand creator. It is also very important to know how to build and manage fruitful partnerships.