Story of Eakan

Raphaël Dantcikian was born in the South of France. He grew up with a Belgian mother and Armenian father. And that heritage is paramount: it was in Belgium that Raphaël learnt to make jewellery, and it was here, too, that he encountered a host of Armenian craftsmen and traders. Raphaël is passionate about a very particular “art de vivre”. He loves old stones, design and all well-made things.

He studied jewellery at the École des Arts et Métiers in Namur, Belgium. After three years, he set up a workshop in Antwerp where he started his career. Antwerp, Los Angeles, Paris… he honed his skills working with ateliers producing jewellery for houses that included Van Cleef and Cartier.

During a stay in Antwerp, he met his future wife, Johanna, who worked in the diamond industry.
Expecting their first child, they moved back to the South of France, where they opened a small atelier and boutique in Cannes : Raphaël Dantz.

When Their daughter, Mia, was born, Raphaël felt compelled to create a jewel for her. It was essential, echoing the desire of a carpenter to build a cot for his child. He conceived a minuscule solitaire to fit the smallest of fingers. This ring now hangs around his wife’s neck on a beautiful chain, waiting as their child grows up.Encouraged by the enthusiasm for this poetic concept, Raphaël decided to develop his idea: Eakan was born.

Eakan in Armenian means “essential”.
Timeless heirlooms.

Story of Eakan

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