Oscar Heyman and Bros.

Country

City

New York NY

Era

e.1912

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Description

Specialties

  • Handcrafted, signed and numbered jewelry pieces.
  • Unique and esoteric gemstones and phenomenal gems, cut and polished in their own workshop.

1901

  • Oscar and Nathan apprenticed with their great-uncle in Kharkov, a believed workmaster for Faberge..

1906

  • Oscar & Nathan moved to New York.
  • Skilled in platinum work, they were uniquely trained and highly desirable and became known as “The Jewelers’ Jeweler.”

1909

  • Oscar went to work for the newly opened Cartier, New York.

1911

  • The rest of the Heyman family arrives in New York City.

1912

  • Oscar Heyman & Brothers (Oscar, Nathan & Harry) opened at 47 Maiden Lane.
  • Supplied high-quality platinum jewelry to the trade.

Jeweler’s Jeweler for:

  • Cartier
  • Van Cleef & Arpels
  • Marcus & Co.
  • Tiffany & Co.

1916-1942

  • Secured 7 patents including:
    • Secure invisible bracelet clasp.
    • Security pin for double-clip brooches.
    • Nearly exclusive US supplier of invisibly set jewels to Van Cleef & Arpels.
    • Die stamping machine

1920

  • The firm moves to 71 Nassau St and Louis and William join the family business.

1922

  • To increase proximity to their jeweler clients they move to 48 W. 40th St.

1933

  • The firm begins to buy Columbian emeralds direct from the mine.

1936

  • The firm makes a move to 642 Fifth Ave. and Oscar joins a consortium to purchase the Crown of the Andes.

1939

  • Oscar Heyman & Bros. begins an affiliation with Van Cleef & Arpels.

1942

  • Bombsights and jeweled bearings for the war effort are produced in their workshop.

1964

  • In affiliation with the Linde Star Company, they designed the commemorative necklace for the New York World’s Fair.

1969

  • Created the necklace for Cartier to highlight the Taylor-Burton Diamond.
  • Relocation to 501 Madison Ave.

1970

  • Death of Oscar Heyman.

Today:

  • Oscar Heyman & Bros. remains a family run operation employing many relatives of the original team.