Canadian Jewelry Maker’s Marks

Birks, Maison
Montreal
Canada
e. 1879 - current

Maison Birks

Specialties

Founded by Henry Birks

  • Henry apprenticed with Savage and Lyman.
  • Grew to be one of the largest jewelry firms in Canada
  • Sons
    • Equal partners in the firm until their deaths.
      • Gerald W.
      • John Henry
      • William Massey

1900

  • Heart-Shaped Box tradition launched.

1901

  • William Birks headed the company.
  • Opened stores in:
    • Ottawa, 1901
    • Winnipeg, 1903
    • Vancouver, 1907
    • Flagship 18,000 square foot store on Square Phillips.

c.1930s

  • Famous Blue Box introduced.

1934

  • Royal Warrant of Appointment.
    • Silversmith to His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales.

1954

  • Opened their first jewelry store in a shopping center.

c. 1949-50

  • Henry Gifford Birks, son of William, became President.

1993

  • Jonathan Birks sold the company to Dr. Lorenzo Rossi di Montelera, majority owners.

1998

  • Diamonds-International award for La plume de Cyrano.

 

Brown & Co., M.S.B.H.
Halifax NS
Canada
c.1896

128-130 Granville St. Halifax NS

Cavelti, Toni
Vancouver BC
Canada
(1931 - )

Specialties

  • Modernist Jeweler.

1999

Delrue, Georges
Montreal
Canada
(1920 - 2010) e.c.1950

Specialties

  • Modernist Jewelry Designer.
  • Designs in wax and casts in precious metal.
Ellis & Co., P.W.
Toront ONT
Canada
c.1896

31 Wellington St. E. Toronto ONT

Ellis, Geo. E.. & Co.
Winnipeg MAN
Canada
c.1896
Lees & Co., Geo. H.
Hamilton ONT
Canada
c.1896

17 Main St. E. Hamilton ONT

Murphy, Bruce
Orilla Ont.
Canada
c.1896
Pearce, Henry
Montreal QC
Canada
c.1896

1667 Notre Dame St. Montreal QC

Primavesi & Kaufmann
Montreal
Canada
e.1954-1988

Specialties

  • Pius Kaufmann, born 1928, St. Gall, Switzerland
    • Goldsmith for A. Weber & Co., Geneva.
  • Thomas Primavesi, b. 1925, Rehbert/Krems, Austria.

1953

  • Met in Canada

1954

  • Opened Atelier

1956

  • Won Diamond U.S.A. Award.