Six months ago, Ani Kalashyan, 27, became engrossed in the world of colors, jewelry and accessories, when she founded her own business Être (French for “to be”).

No one would have ever imagined Ani in this business. Between 2008 and 2012, the FAR Mathevosian Scholarship student earned her bachelor’s degree from the Armenian State University of Economics, then finished her master’s in statistics in 2014. Ani worked for a year at Zvartnots International Airport before moving to Biblos Bank where she first worked as teller, then as a private banker for another three years.

Making accessories has been her hobby since the beginning of her university studies. Then, on July 25, 2017, Ani turned her hobby into a business when she launched Être.

“These accessories sell out very well; and positive feedback is the best estimate for me,” said Ani, a perfectionist in both study and work. While Ani’s business is primarily online, some of her items are available in local stores.

As designer, director, marketing manager, and accountant of Être, Ani juggles several tasks at one time. And as a detail-oriented person, Ani works relentlessly to achieve her goals. She sells a number of creative items, such as handmade paper bags, gift cards, in addition to jewelry, each of which have a warranty and a separate “guarantee for happiness” for the buyer.

“People’s eyes sparkle when they read the quote that jewelry will bring happiness to them,” Ani said.

Recently, Ani evaluated the past six-months of her work, registering 150 unique and handmade pieces, including necklaces, earrings, bracelets and rings, in her accessory bank. “When I start a design, I can’t really envision what the final product will look like. Inspiration is what I need and follow, so I sometimes burn the midnight oil to reach my goal,” she added.

Ani’s excitement is contagious; she has an unwavering commitment to her business. “I invested several months’ salary into this business. Now, I have a piggy bank where I save the money from sales, and which I only spend on buying new materials,” she exclaimed with a beaming smile.

All of us at FAR wish Ani the best of luck.