Travel Diaries: Jewelry Designer Ara Vartanian

21st August 2019 // By Emma Reynolds

In our exciting new Travel Diaries series, Elite Traveler will speak with designers, style icons and gurus in their respective fields on their must-have travel items when trotting the globe.

Ara Vartanian, Jewelry Designer

São Paolo, Brazil

Ara Vartanian | Rui Mendes

Brazilian-Armenian jewelry designer, Ara Vartanian, founded his eponymous jewelry label in 2000. He’s known for his two- and three-finger rings, use of colorful (and often inverted) gemstones and crafting unique, innovative shapes. His works ranges between intricate geometric and edgy designs to simple, feminine silhouettes in both his fine jewelry and high jewelry. Growing up in São Paolo, he considers the city a never-ending source of inspiration.


“São Paulo is a very dynamic city where you have a blend of cultures. The geographical location is between the states of Minas Gerais and Bahia, which are great suppliers of precious stones such as diamonds, emeralds and tourmalines.”

Favorite Hotel

Credit: Fasano Hotel São Paolo

Fasano Hotel São Paulo has a wonderful Italian restaurant, the staff always makes you feel welcome and you’re pampered.”

Favorite Restaurant


“For food, I go to D.O.M. The chef is my good friend Alex Atala. You might get lucky and bump into him while you’re there. During lunch, he prepares typical Brazilian dishes with his own special touch. Alex focuses on ingredients from all over Brazil and then interprets them in his own way. Try the picadinho and I always drink the Caiprinha de Jabuticaba, which is amazing.”

For coffee, Vartanian suggests Joe King Coffee Shop. “You can grab the best coffee in São Paulo and also pick up the latest accessory or item of clothing.”