Sometimes you can tell the nature of a business as you walk up to it. In the case of Sabri Guven Fine Jewelry in Alpharetta, you walk up on a red carpet and enter into a lavish interior with plenty of examples of the best jewelry you can get.
The eponymous owner, Sabri Guven, built the imposing building that now stands at the corner of Old Milton Parkway and Haynes Bridge Road as the new home for his impressive collection of precious gems and metals where they can meet every need, from design and repair to appraisals and engraving.
As a 12-year-old in Istanbul, Turkey, Guven began learning the jewelry business when he worked in a factory making jewels for other businesses. Showing a remarkable entrepreneurial spirit, Guven opened his own factory at age 15 and eventually a retail store to sell his own jewelry.
In 1985, Guven moved his knowledge of the trade to Atlanta. He was based in Gwinnett until 2004, when he moved it to Kimball Bridge Road. Now, he has his own custom building to house his wares, right in the middle of Alpharetta.
"A lot of my clients came from Alpharetta to Gwinnett," Guven said, explaining the move. "I love the people here."
After such a successful career, Guven has only a few simple words to explain it: "Honesty, integrity and the best service," he said. For a man who just opened a new business in a new building after such a depressing economy, those words must carry some weight.
"We're obviously doing something right," laughed Guven.