Founded in 1927, co-founders Carney Zavatjian and Uncle Heig brought their expertise to New York City, with a focus on handmade jewelry manufacturing with a focus on fine art jewelry. It grew from a family run business to an eleven-person shop,
making and repairing jewelry for top retailers, such as Christi, Tiffany, Fred Leighton, Jaded, and other Madison Avenue clients.
Berj, son of co-founder Carney, a second-generation jeweler, has been in the jewelry business since 1955. Berj appears on the highly rated PBS show, The Antique RoadShow, as a jewelry appraiser since the launch of the show. Berj has served as the senior appraiser in William Doyle's Galleries from 1974 to 2009, starting the auctions house's jewelry department. He served as a specialist in and appraiser of ancient, Renaissance, antique, period and contemporary jewelry and gems, watches, and coins. His responsibilities included appraising, cataloging, and authenticating jewelry, fine watches, and objects de vertu. His son, Kevin, has taken over the department duties, as of 2010 and Berj remains at Cluster, creating art.
Kevin Zavian Kevin is a third generation jeweler following in the footsteps of his father, Berj and grandfather, Carney. He has worked the bench at the family shop since 1979. Now a master jeweler, he is repairing and restoring ancient, Renaissance, antique, period, and contemporary jewelry and watches. Kevin's duties as the jewelry appraiser at Doyle New York include the duties and responsibilities his father, Berj, did for over 35 years. He appears on the highly rated PBS show, The Antique RoadShow, as a jewelry/watch appraiser. Kevin received his B.S. degree in marketing and business from West Virginia University. He is a member of the Appraisal Association of America and the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors.
Robin is a third generation jeweler following in the footsteps of her father, Berj and grandfather, Carney. She has worked the bench at the family shop since 1985. Now a master jeweler, she is restoring ancient antiques, creating contemporary pieces and is an expert stringer of pearls, gems and the like. She repairs pocketbooks, beaded apparel and similar delicate beaded works. Robin received her degree in horticulture and owned a floral shop. She graduated from The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York, with a focus on window design. Decorating MACY's holiday windows in NYC was one of her more popular gigs.
Ellen is the 'baby' of the family and forged her own career, outside of Cluster, while helping the family business with its office managerial tasks. Ellen is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a Doctorate from American University and teaches at George Washington University, with a focus on sports and entrepreneurship. Being raised in a family of artists, during her free time she creates mosaic and glass projects.