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Akelo

Akelo

Born in 1967 in the town of Corchiano, some forty miles north of Rome, Andrea Cagnetti grew up hidden away near where the ancient Etruscan lands of Fescennia are believed to be located. After specializing in scientific studies at the Ronciglione state...

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Alma Pihl

Alma Pihl

Destined to be one of Fabergé’s most unique designers, Alma was born in Moscow, daughter of Knut Oscar Pihl, the Head of the Fabergé workshop in Moscow and granddaughter of August Holmström, Fabergé’s leading jeweler. Following the death of her...

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Asprey

Asprey

Venerable English jeweller. William Asprey established Asprey in 1781. During the previous century, his Huguenot ancestors fled religious persecution in France, eventually settling in England, where they put their traditional leatherworking, watchmaking, and...

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Aucoc

Aucoc

(1877 - 1932) Renowned nineteenth-century French jeweller and goldsmith. Louis Aucoc (1850-1932) came from a family of well-known goldsmiths.Vever,432. Vever mentions the Aucoc family throughout his book. Of particular interest, perhaps, is the fact that the...

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Baily, Banks & Biddle

Baily, Banks & Biddle

Diamond Ring by Bailey, Banks & Biddle, c.1900. (1832 - present) The famous American jewelry firm from Philadelphia, Bailey, Banks and Biddle, first opened its doors as Bailey and Kitchen in 1832. Catering to modish Philadelphians, the firm sold...

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Belais

Belais

Diamond Ring by Bailey, Banks & Biddle, c.1900. (1832 - present) The famous American jewelry firm from Philadelphia, Bailey, Banks and Biddle, first opened its doors as Bailey and Kitchen in 1832. Catering to modish Philadelphians, the firm sold...

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Belperron

Belperron

Belais Manufacturing Co., founded by David Belais (1863 - June 5, 1933), was among the early manufacturers of white gold jewelry in the United States. During the late 19th and early 20th century, they experimented with various alloys for white gold as a substitute...

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Berlin Iron

Berlin Iron

Suzanne Belperron was born Madeleine Suzanne Vuillerme on September 26, 1900 to Jules Alix Vuillerme and Marie Clarisse Baily-Maitre in Saint-Claude, France. Her mother encouraged her talents and enrolled her in the Municipal School of Music and Fine Arts quite a...

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Black, Starr & Frost

Black, Starr & Frost

Berlin iron is a black-lacquered cast iron material used in jewelry making beginning c. 1790. Originating in Silesia, Prussia at the Gleiwitz Foundry, the Royal Berlin Foundry and a manufacturer in Horovice, Bohemia all produced jewelry in this manner. The French...

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Bluite

Bluite

(1810 - present) One of America’s oldest fine jewelers, Black, Starr and Frost traces its roots to 1810. In that year, Erastus Barton and Frederick Marquand opened Marquand and Barton near New York’s Maiden Lane. The firm added and lost partners numerous times. It...

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Boucheron

Boucheron

Bluite was the trade name of an 18k white gold alloy marketed by Goldfarb & Friedberg, Inc. of New York. Their claim was that it was the "...nearest color to Platinum yet attained."

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Buccellati

Buccellati

Boucheron (1858 - present) Frederic Boucheron Before opening his own jewellery store in 1858, Frédéric Boucheron apprenticed at the fashionable Parisian jewellery house Deschamps. When Deschamps retired, he discouraged Frédéric from entering the jewellery trade,...

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Bulgari

Bulgari

(1919 - present) Italian firm famous for its textural gold jewellery and exquisite silver objects. According to family history, the Buccellati's first foray into the jewellery trade was in the mid-eighteenth century when Contardo Buccellati worked as a goldsmith in...

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C.D. Peacock

C.D. Peacock

(1810 - present) One of America’s oldest fine jewelers, Black, Starr and Frost traces its roots to 1810. In that year, Erastus Barton and Frederick Marquand opened Marquand and Barton near New York’s Maiden Lane. The firm added and lost partners numerous times. It...

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Carrera y Carrera

Carrera y Carrera

(1837 - present) In 1837, Elijah Peacock opened Chicago’s first retail jewelry and watch shop. The store specialized in selling and repairing watches and also carried a small line of jewelry. Elijah taught the trade to his son, Charles, who later took over the...

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Cartier

Cartier

Carrera y Carrera is a Madrigal (Spain) jewelry house which, since 1885, has been producing high-end jewelry and is known for its figurative items. Maker's Marks and Timeline: External LinkCarrera y Carrera Website

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Carvin French

Carvin French

The illustrious firm of Cartier has been at the forefront of some of the most important jewelry design trends of the 20th century. Ranging from the opulence of La Belle Époque, the geometry, and exoticism of the Art Deco movement to the development of the classic...

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Castellani

Castellani

Diamond Ring by Bailey, Banks & Biddle, c.1900. (1832 - present) The famous American jewelry firm from Philadelphia, Bailey, Banks and Biddle, first opened its doors as Bailey and Kitchen in 1832. Catering to modish Philadelphians, the firm sold...

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Chanel

Chanel

Belais Manufacturing Co., founded by David Belais (1863 - June 5, 1933), was among the early manufacturers of white gold jewelry in the United States. During the late 19th and early 20th century, they experimented with various alloys for white gold as a substitute...

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Charlton & Co.

Charlton & Co.

(1877 - 1932) Renowned nineteenth-century French jeweller and goldsmith. Louis Aucoc (1850-1932) came from a family of well-known goldsmiths.Vever,432. Vever mentions the Aucoc family throughout his book. Of particular interest, perhaps, is the fact that the...

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Chaumet

Chaumet

Destined to be one of Fabergé’s most unique designers, Alma was born in Moscow, daughter of Knut Oscar Pihl, the Head of the Fabergé workshop in Moscow and granddaughter of August Holmström, Fabergé’s leading jeweler. Following the death of her...

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Child & Child

Child & Child

Boucheron (1858 - present) Frederic Boucheron Before opening his own jewellery store in 1858, Frédéric Boucheron apprenticed at the fashionable Parisian jewellery house Deschamps. When Deschamps retired, he discouraged Frédéric from entering the jewellery trade,...

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Claflin

Claflin

Belais Manufacturing Co., founded by David Belais (1863 - June 5, 1933), was among the early manufacturers of white gold jewelry in the United States. During the late 19th and early 20th century, they experimented with various alloys for white gold as a substitute...

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Cocteau

Cocteau

Gabrielle Bonheur ‘Coco’ Chanel’s inauspicious beginnings did not portend the impact she would have on the world of fashion. Her start in life was modest and at a young age, things took a turn for the worse when, upon her mother’s death, she and...

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Cymric

Cymric

Jean Cocteau (1889 - 1963) was a French avant-garde artist. Maker's Marks and Timeline: External LinkJean Cocteau on wikipedia

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Dali

Dali

Liberty & Co. of London introduced this trade name in 1899 to distinguish jewelry they sold by British designers and firms. Arthur Gaskin, Bernard Cuzner and Archibald Knox were the designers from the Arts & Crafts movement who created most of the Cymric...

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Drayson

Drayson

Jean Cocteau (1889 - 1963) was a French avant-garde artist. Maker's Marks and Timeline: External LinkJean Cocteau on wikipedia

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Edward Moore

Edward Moore

Liberty & Co. of London introduced this trade name in 1899 to distinguish jewelry they sold by British designers and firms. Arthur Gaskin, Bernard Cuzner and Archibald Knox were the designers from the Arts & Crafts movement who created most of the Cymric...

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Fabergé

Fabergé

Edward C. Moore was the jewelry design director and head of the silver workshops at Tiffany & Co. from 1851 to 1891. Under Moore’s direction, the artists at Tiffany studied jewelry and objects from all over the world and many historical periods. He is credited...

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Falize

Falize

Fabergé was a preeminent Russian jewelry firm famous for its objets d’art and, in particular, its enameling. The Fabergé family heritage hails to seventeenth-century France. Expelled from the region when Louis XIV revoked the Edict of Nantes in 1685, the Fabergés...

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Flato

Flato

Edward C. Moore was the jewelry design director and head of the silver workshops at Tiffany & Co. from 1851 to 1891. Under Moore’s direction, the artists at Tiffany studied jewelry and objects from all over the world and many historical periods. He is credited...

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Fouquet

Fouquet

Fabergé was a preeminent Russian jewelry firm famous for its objets d’art and, in particular, its enameling. The Fabergé family heritage hails to seventeenth-century France. Expelled from the region when Louis XIV revoked the Edict of Nantes in 1685, the Fabergés...

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Gaillard

Gaillard

French jeweller known for its Renaissance Revival and Art Nouveau work. In 1839, the firm’s founder, Alphonse Fouquet, entered the jewellery industry at the age of eleven, serving as an apprentice to Parisian jeweller Henri Meusnier. His mistreatment under Meusnier is...

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Garrard

Garrard

French jeweller known for Japanese motif jewellery and mixed metals work. In 1860, Ernest Gaillard took over his father’s Parisian jewellery workshops. Though the workshops had, until then, produced primarily gilt copper jewels, Ernest changed...

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Geiss

Geiss

French jeweller known for its Renaissance Revival and Art Nouveau work. In 1839, the firm’s founder, Alphonse Fouquet, entered the jewellery industry at the age of eleven, serving as an apprentice to Parisian jeweller Henri Meusnier. His mistreatment under Meusnier is...

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Giuliano

Giuliano

French jeweller known for Japanese motif jewellery and mixed metals work. In 1860, Ernest Gaillard took over his father’s Parisian jewellery workshops. Though the workshops had, until then, produced primarily gilt copper jewels, Ernest changed...

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Golay Fils & Stahl

Golay Fils & Stahl

(c.1860 - 1914) Carlo Giuliano (1831-1895) was an Italian goldsmith who moved to London with his wife and two sons c.1860. He established a workshop in Frith Street where his predominantly revivalist jewelry was created. This location did not have a showroom,...

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Graff

Graff

The firm was founded at 31, quai des Bergues, Geneva in 1837 by Auguste Golay-Leresche, a clockmaker. The house was sold to Stahl around 1900 and the name became Golay Fils & Stahl. In the period from 1860 until 1930 there were two stores, the original in Geneva...

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Granat Bros

Granat Bros

(c.1860 - 1914) Carlo Giuliano (1831-1895) was an Italian goldsmith who moved to London with his wife and two sons c.1860. He established a workshop in Frith Street where his predominantly revivalist jewelry was created. This location did not have a showroom,...

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Gübelin

Gübelin

The firm was founded at 31, quai des Bergues, Geneva in 1837 by Auguste Golay-Leresche, a clockmaker. The house was sold to Stahl around 1900 and the name became Golay Fils & Stahl. In the period from 1860 until 1930 there were two stores, the original in Geneva...

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J.E. Caldwell

J.E. Caldwell

Lucerne, Switzerland, 1854, Jakob Josef Mauritz Breitschmid opens a watchmaker's shop. Jakob's apprentice, Eduard Jakob Gübelin, marries his daughter Bertha Breitschmid and in 1899 assumes command of the business. In 1919 the business passes to their son, Eduard...

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JAR

JAR

(1839 - present) Venerable American jeweler from Philadelphia known for its Art Nouveau and Art Deco jewels. In 1839, James Emmott Caldwell began to supply wealthy Philadelphians with stylish European jewelry, silver, and objets d'art. Previously Caldwell had trained...

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Jensen

Jensen

Lucerne, Switzerland, 1854, Jakob Josef Mauritz Breitschmid opens a watchmaker's shop. Jakob's apprentice, Eduard Jakob Gübelin, marries his daughter Bertha Breitschmid and in 1899 assumes command of the business. In 1919 the business passes to their son, Eduard...

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John Brogden

John Brogden

(1839 - present) Venerable American jeweler from Philadelphia known for its Art Nouveau and Art Deco jewels. In 1839, James Emmott Caldwell began to supply wealthy Philadelphians with stylish European jewelry, silver, and objets d'art. Previously Caldwell had trained...

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Julius Cohen

Julius Cohen

John Brogden was an English goldsmith known for his ancient, Egyptian, and Renaissance revival designs. Brodgen worked in the Covent Garden area of London, first as Brogden and Garland (1826 to 1835). From 1842 to 1864 the firm at that address was listed as Watherston...

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Lacloche Frères

Lacloche Frères

The firm was founded at 31, quai des Bergues, Geneva in 1837 by Auguste Golay-Leresche, a clockmaker. The house was sold to Stahl around 1900 and the name became Golay Fils & Stahl. In the period from 1860 until 1930 there were two stores, the original in Geneva...

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Lalaounis

Lalaounis

French jeweller known for its Renaissance Revival and Art Nouveau work. In 1839, the firm’s founder, Alphonse Fouquet, entered the jewellery industry at the age of eleven, serving as an apprentice to Parisian jeweller Henri Meusnier. His mistreatment under Meusnier is...

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Lalique

Lalique

  Ilias Lalaounis is an Athenian jewelry company known for its antiquity-inspired designs. In 1940, at age twenty, founder Ilias Lalaounis began his career by apprenticing at the prestigious Zolotas— the family business. Eventually, Lalaounis started his own...

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Liberty & Co.

Liberty & Co.

John Brogden was an English goldsmith known for his ancient, Egyptian, and Renaissance revival designs. Brodgen worked in the Covent Garden area of London, first as Brogden and Garland (1826 to 1835). From 1842 to 1864 the firm at that address was listed as Watherston...

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Marchak

Marchak

(1876 - present) English jeweller famous for popularizing the Arts and Crafts style. In 1876, A.L. Liberty opened a shop that sold exclusively “exotic” objects from India, Japan, and other parts of the East. The inventory attracted artsy types,...

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Marcus & Co.

Marcus & Co.

Art Deco Marchak Desk Clock with Mother-of-Pearl and Camel Motif.Photo Courtesy of Frances Klein Classic Jewels. Born in Ignatovka just outside of Kiev, Joseph Marchak was apprenticed to a jeweler in 1868 at the age of 14. Within ten years he had opened his own shop...

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Marina B.

Marina B.

Fabergé was a preeminent Russian jewelry firm famous for its objets d’art and, in particular, its enameling. The Fabergé family heritage hails to seventeenth-century France. Expelled from the region when Louis XIV revoked the Edict of Nantes in 1685, the Fabergés...

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Marsh

Marsh

John Brogden was an English goldsmith known for his ancient, Egyptian, and Renaissance revival designs. Brodgen worked in the Covent Garden area of London, first as Brogden and Garland (1826 to 1835). From 1842 to 1864 the firm at that address was listed as Watherston...

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Marshall Field & Company

Marshall Field & Company

The American jewelry firm of Marcus & Co.is best known for their Art Nouveau jewelry and silver. In 1892, when Herman Marcus and his son William opened Marcus & Company at 857 Broadway in New York, Herman Marcus was already well known and respected by the New...

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Mauboussin

Mauboussin

Marshall Field & Company aka Marshall Field’s was a legendary department store in Chicago Illinois. The origin of Marshall Field’s can be found in a dry goods store opened in 1852 by Potter Palmer (P. Palmer & Co.). Arriving in Chicago in 1856, Marshall Field,...

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Maurice Duvalet

Maurice Duvalet

Gabrielle Bonheur ‘Coco’ Chanel’s inauspicious beginnings did not portend the impact she would have on the world of fashion. Her start in life was modest and at a young age, things took a turn for the worse when, upon her mother’s death, she and...

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Mellerio

Mellerio

Maurice Duvalet was a designer of French origin who designed jewelry for large houses as Van Cleef & Arpels and Rubel. He was famous for his ballerina brooches. Maker's Marks and Timeline:

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Mikimoto, Kokichi

Mikimoto, Kokichi

The Mellerio family, jewelers and goldsmiths for generations, originated from the Lombardy region of Italy. Since 1613 they have been documented as goldsmiths and jewelers in France. The family firmly established themselves as important Parisian jewelers under the...

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Nardi

Nardi

John Brogden was an English goldsmith known for his ancient, Egyptian, and Renaissance revival designs. Brodgen worked in the Covent Garden area of London, first as Brogden and Garland (1826 to 1835). From 1842 to 1864 the firm at that address was listed as Watherston...

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Oscar Heyman & Bros.

Oscar Heyman & Bros.

Gabrielle Bonheur ‘Coco’ Chanel’s inauspicious beginnings did not portend the impact she would have on the world of fashion. Her start in life was modest and at a young age, things took a turn for the worse when, upon her mother’s death, she and...

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Paul Revere

Paul Revere

1912 - present Oscar Heyman & Bros. is an American jewelry firm and manufacturer that first gained attention in the 1920’s. In 1906, Oscar and Nathan Heyman immigrated to the United States from Latvia. Thanks to an...

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Paulding Farnham

Paulding Farnham

The venerable San Francisco firm of G.T. Marsh & Co. was founded in 1876 by Gorge Turner Marsh. Born in Richmond, Australia, Marsh was fifteen when his family decided to immigrate to the United States on a route that included a stop in Japan. Enamored of the...

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Raymond Yard Inc.

Raymond Yard Inc.

Venerable English jeweller. William Asprey established Asprey in 1781. During the previous century, his Huguenot ancestors fled religious persecution in France, eventually settling in England, where they put their traditional leatherworking, watchmaking, and...

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René Boivin

René Boivin

1922 to Present Day Raymond Yard began his career in the jewelry industry at the age of thirteen when he became a messenger boy at the well-established firm of Marcus & Co. in New York. Over the next twenty-four years, Yard firmly established himself...

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Riker Bros.

Riker Bros.

John Brogden was an English goldsmith known for his ancient, Egyptian, and Renaissance revival designs. Brodgen worked in the Covent Garden area of London, first as Brogden and Garland (1826 to 1835). From 1842 to 1864 the firm at that address was listed as Watherston...

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Rubel

Rubel

Gabrielle Bonheur ‘Coco’ Chanel’s inauspicious beginnings did not portend the impact she would have on the world of fashion. Her start in life was modest and at a young age, things took a turn for the worse when, upon her mother’s death, she and...

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Ruser

Ruser

1912 - present Oscar Heyman & Bros. is an American jewelry firm and manufacturer that first gained attention in the 1920’s. In 1906, Oscar and Nathan Heyman immigrated to the United States from Latvia. Thanks to an...

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Schlumberger

Schlumberger

The venerable San Francisco firm of G.T. Marsh & Co. was founded in 1876 by Gorge Turner Marsh. Born in Richmond, Australia, Marsh was fifteen when his family decided to immigrate to the United States on a route that included a stop in Japan. Enamored of the...

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Seaman Schepps

Seaman Schepps

Jean Schlumberger. I want to capture the irregularities of the universe. I observe nature and find verve. Jean Schlumberger (1907-1987) was born in Mulhouse, France into a wealthy textile family. Eschewing the wishes of his business oriented...

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Shreve & Company

Shreve & Company

Seaman Schepps was an American jeweler famous for his Retro and 1950’s style jewelry. The son of East Side immigrants, Schepps traveled from New York to California around the turn of the century opening a store in Los Angeles that sold antiques, jewelry, and precious...

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Shreve, Crump & Low

Shreve, Crump & Low

1912 - present Oscar Heyman & Bros. is an American jewelry firm and manufacturer that first gained attention in the 1920’s. In 1906, Oscar and Nathan Heyman immigrated to the United States from Latvia. Thanks to an...

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Spratling

Spratling

The Riker Brothers jewelry firm was most notable as one of the few American companies to create plique-à-jour enamel jewelry, which included beautiful Art Nouveau styles, Japanesque water birds, and Renaissance style pendants and brooches. Early on they manufactured...

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Sterlé

Sterlé

American jeweler famous for his 1940’s angel and dancer brooches. Before he became its competitor, John Rubel worked for Van Cleef & Arpels. His company, John Rubel Co.was one of its Parisian manufacturing jewelers. In 1939, Rubel moved to New York to help produce...

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Taxco

Taxco

(1947-1969) The well-known Beverly Hills jeweler, William Ruser, started his career at the firm of Trabert & Hoeffer-Mauboussin in Atlantic City New Jersey, before being transferred to manage their Los Angeles location in the 1930's.Healy & Proddow,...

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The Horner’s Co.

The Horner’s Co.

John Brogden was an English goldsmith known for his ancient, Egyptian, and Renaissance revival designs. Brodgen worked in the Covent Garden area of London, first as Brogden and Garland (1826 to 1835). From 1842 to 1864 the firm at that address was listed as Watherston...

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Tiffany & Co.

Tiffany & Co.

Seaman Schepps was an American jeweler famous for his Retro and 1950’s style jewelry. The son of East Side immigrants, Schepps traveled from New York to California around the turn of the century opening a store in Los Angeles that sold antiques, jewelry, and precious...

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Tillander

Tillander

In 1837, Tiffany & Co., the most renowned of American jewelers, opened its doors in New York City as Tiffany & Young. Its specialties were fancy goods and stationery. While initially carrying only a small selection of jewelry, most of which was costume, owners...

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Trabert & Hoeffer-Mauboussin

Trabert & Hoeffer-Mauboussin

The Finnish company, A.Tillander was founded by Alexander Tillander who, as a young boy at the age 11, was sent out to go and take up an apprenticeship at a barber in St-Petersburg. Things didn't go as expected and he ended up at a Finnish master goldsmith's workshop...

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Van Cleef & Arpels

Van Cleef & Arpels

Bluite was the trade name of an 18k white gold alloy marketed by Goldfarb & Friedberg, Inc. of New York. Their claim was that it was the "...nearest color to Platinum yet attained."

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Verdura

Verdura

The genesis of Van Cleef & Arpels was sparked by the marriage of Alfred Van Cleef (son of a stone cutter) and Estelle Arpels (daughter of a precious stone dealer.) in 1896. Both sides of the family worked in the jewellery industry. Alfred's father, Charles, was an...

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Vever

Vever

Fulco Santostefano, Duke of Verdura was born in 1898 into an aristocratic family in Palermo, Italy. Most of his youth was spent in Sicily, and later in Venice, leading a pampered life amid generations old splendor. His fairy tale childhood included a veritable zoo...

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Webb

Webb

(1947-1969) The well-known Beverly Hills jeweler, William Ruser, started his career at the firm of Trabert & Hoeffer-Mauboussin in Atlantic City New Jersey, before being transferred to manage their Los Angeles location in the 1930's.Healy & Proddow,...

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Wiener Werkstätte

Wiener Werkstätte

John Brogden was an English goldsmith known for his ancient, Egyptian, and Renaissance revival designs. Brodgen worked in the Covent Garden area of London, first as Brogden and Garland (1826 to 1835). From 1842 to 1864 the firm at that address was listed as Watherston...

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Winston

Winston

The venerable San Francisco firm of G.T. Marsh & Co. was founded in 1876 by Gorge Turner Marsh. Born in Richmond, Australia, Marsh was fifteen when his family decided to immigrate to the United States on a route that included a stop in Japan. Enamored of the...

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Zolotas

Zolotas

(1837 - present) In 1837, Elijah Peacock opened Chicago’s first retail jewelry and watch shop. The store specialized in selling and repairing watches and also carried a small line of jewelry. Elijah taught the trade to his son, Charles, who later took over the...

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