March 5, 1950 - April 8, 2014 Michael Bogosian was born in 1950 in Istanbul, Turkey, the former capital of the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires and home to a tradition of fine jewelry spanning over two millennia. By age 16, he had learned every facet of the trade, cultivating the highest level of skills a jeweler could achieve in metal, diamond setting and design, imagining intricate designs and creating pieces from start to finish. With an amazing array of skills and dreams of a better life, Michael left his roots in Istanbul as a teenager and headed for America with just $75 in his pocket. Within a few years, Michael developed a reputation as the finest jeweler in the area, and in 1972, founded Matthew's Jewelry Store. In 1993 Michael founded the luxury bridal brand Michael B. He is widely credited as being the creator of micro pave, creating an array of innovative and spectacular designs with only the finest materials and craftsmanship. His look was bold, solid and unmistakably Michael B. He lived the American dream and took great pride in keeping the company operations and manufacturing in Studio City, California. In 1983, Michael created a magnificent jeweled egg symbolic of the Romanov eggs made by the House of Fabergé in czarist Russia. Placed on display at San Sylmar Museum, the egg was a testament to his creative genius and passion for supreme craftsmanship. In the 1990's Michael B. emerged as the world's top platinum and diamond bridal designer. In 1997, he received the Town and Country Couture Conference Platinum Award; in 1998, he earned the Platinum Passion design Competition Award and in 2003 he was crowned Couture Conference Designer of the Year. He was loved and admired by many. His infectious laugh and character will never be forgotten. He leaves behind his wife Aida, and sons, Matthew, Brian, Michael and Arthur. Funeral Services will be held at: Site: Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills White Church Date: Wednesday April 16th Time: 9:30 am Address: 6300 Forest Lawn Dr. , Los Angeles CA 90068
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Published in the Los Angeles Times on Apr. 15, 2014