The firm Ostier originated in Austria where for two generations they were jewellers creating fashionable jewels for the European elite. In 1938, following the Anschluss, Oliver Ostier emigrated to America and founded the firm of Ostier Inc. with his wife Marianne. In a short time they became on of New York’s leading jewellers, and Marianne Ostier created classical images of modern designed jewellery. She won numerous awards including the Diamond USA Award and the Diamond International Award. She was also the first lifetime member elected to the Diamonds International Academy, the hall of fame for modern jewellery designers. In 1966, at the Finch College Museum of Art, she represented the United States in an exhibition that featured the worlds leading jewellery designers from ten countries, other artists included Georges Braque and Salvador Dali.