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Maker Biographies

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Albert, Gilbert

“In the enchanted world of jewellery, every...

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Aletto Bros.

The Aletto family have been making fine hand...

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Asprey

William Asprey 1759-1827 Charles Asprey I...

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Aucoc, Louis

Louis Aucoc 1850-1932 1821 Louis Aucoc founded...

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Audemars Piguet

Audemars Piguet was founded by Jules Audemars...

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Auger

Maison Auger was founded in 1862 by Alphonse...

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Bailey, Banks & Biddle

Bailey, Banks & Biddle started life as Bailey...

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Bapst & Falize

During a twelve year period at the end of the...

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Belperron, Suzanne

Suzanne Belperron believed her jewellery...

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Bennett, Val

Born in London in 1923, Val Bennett currently...

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Benson

James William Benson J.W. Benson was a highly...

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Berlioz Leroy

Mademoiselle Berlioz and Monsieur Leroy...

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Black, Starr & Frost

In the 1953 film ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes’...

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Boivin, Rene

The French firm of Boivin was founded in 1890...

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Boregaard, Pedro

Trained at Hemmerle in Munich in 1966, and...

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Boucheron

Frédéric Boucheron supplied jewels to some of...

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Bowles, Ian

IAN BOWLES has been a full-time professional...

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Brandt, Paul Emile

1883 Paul-Emile Brandt was born in...

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Breguet

Abraham-Louis Breguet was born in Neuchatel,...

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Brogden, John

John Brogden was one of the best known and...

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Buccellati

When Mario Buccellati (1891-1965) returned...

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Bulgari

In 1880 a young Greek silversmith, Sotirios...

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Burton, Amy

“My aim is to design finely crafted beautiful...

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Bury, Pol

As a young artist Pol Bury met and was...

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Caldwell & Co, J.E.

“For those who love beauty and who insist upon...

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Carreras

Carreras was one of the oldest family...

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Carrington & Co.

Court jewellers and Silversmiths founded in...

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Cartier

When Louis-François Cartier (1819-1904) opened...

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Castellani

Fortunato Pio Castellani (1794 – 1865) founded...

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Chan, Wallace

“For more than four decades gemstones have...

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Chanel

“I chose the diamond because it represents, in...

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Chantecler

Chantecler was founded in Capri by Pietro...

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Charlton & Co.

Founded in 1909 Charlton & Co are probably...

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Chatila

Chatila was established in 1860 and has...

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Chaumet

The story of Chaumet is a long and...

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Child & Child

Walter Child (1840 – 1930) and his younger...

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Chopard

A small farming village in the mountainous...

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Christofle

Christofle, officially opened in Paris, & was...

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Cipullo, Aldo

Famous for designing one of the most popular...

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Claflin, Donald

The American designer Donald Claflin was born...

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Cooperman, Marilyn

Marilyn began her career in design at the age...

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Costagli, Paolo

“The idea and purpose of fine jewellery is...

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Cummings, Angela

Cummings was born in Klagenfurt, Austria in...

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Dali, Salvador

While recognized mainly as a pre-eminent...

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De Grisogono

The De Grisogono brand was started by Fawaz...

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Debacq & Cie

The Parisian jewellery firm of Debacq  traces...

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Descomps, Joe

Emanuel-Jules Joe Descomps 1872-1948

Descomps...

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Despres, Jean

Despres is remembered as one of a group of...

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Dinh Van, Jean

Born just outside Paris in 1927 to a French...

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Dior

“As a rule I would use jewellery generously to...

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Drayson, Cecil

Drayson, London was founded by Cecil Drayson...

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Dunand, Jean

Switzerland's Jean Dunand (1872-1942) studied...

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Dunay, Henry

1935 Henry Dunay was born in Jersey City, New...

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Dusausoy

1840 Dusausoy was founded in Paris. From the...

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Duval et Le Turcq

Julien Duval (b. 1865) and Georges Le Turcq...

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Eliakim

Eliakim Le Caire Eliakim Le Caire was the most...

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Espezel

Espezel was a French jeweller based in Paris...

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Faberge, Carl

Artist, craftsman, perfectionist, connoisseur,...

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Falize

The name Falize typically conjures images of...

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Fasano

Mario Fasano (1900 – 1968) founded his...

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Feuillâtre, Eugène

1870 Born in Dunkirk 1888 Feuillâtre is...

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Flato, Paul

Born in September 1900 into a prosperous...

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Fontana

Thomas Fontana 1813 – 1861 Charles Fontana...

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Fontenay

Eugene Fontenay 1823-1887 Eugene Fontenay was...

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Fouquet

From 1860 until 1936, three successive...

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Fred

Looking back over a lifetime in the jewellery...

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Gage, Elizabeth

London-based designer and virtuoso goldsmith...

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Garrard

George Wickes 1698- 1761 Robert Garrard...

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Gay Frères

Gay Frères was founded in 1835 in Geneva by...

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Gazdar

Dinshah and Rusi Gazdar 1933 Gazdar was...

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Georland

The Georland atelier was founded in Paris by...

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Gérard, M

After many years working for one of...

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Giuliano

The Italian jeweller Carlo Giuliano...

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Graff

Lawrence Graff of London is recognized for...

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Grima, Andrew

For a man whose jewellery career began more by...

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Gübelin

Gübelin was founded in 1854 in Lucerne,...

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Hagenauer, Carl

Carl Hagenauer, a trained gold and silversmith...

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Hammerman Brothers

Brothers Bernard, Ben and Hyman Hammerman...

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Hancocks

Within the archives of the London jewellers...

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Hemmerle

1893 The firm of Hemmerle in Munich was...

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Hennell

1736 Hennell of Bond Street, one of London’s...

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Hermes

Hermès The Hermes Fashion House was...

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Heyman Bros, Oscar

“We want to sell jewellery the grandchildren...

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Heyman Bros., Oscar

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Hoeker & Zoon

Hoeker en Zoon ( Hoeker & Son) were a Dutch...

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Hunt & Roskell

Hunt & Roskell was a renowned jewellers and...

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Jaeger LeCoultre

Jaeger-LeCoultre is a high-end watch and clock...

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Jakob, Otto

“‘A piece of jewellery is sophisticated when...

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Janesich

Famed for producing some of the most stylish...

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JAR

"Everything conspires to make you bigger and...

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Jensen, Georg

Thirty seven years old, widowed and with two...

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Kinsella, Lucy

“A desire for being with, observing and...

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Köchert, A.E.

The esteemed Austrian jewellery firm of A.E....

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Kutchinsky

The Kutchinsky business was established in the...

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La Triomphe

‘La Triomphe’ was the name given to a range of...

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Lacaze, René Sim

René Sim Lacaze was one of the most important...

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Lacloche Freres

Leopold, Jacques, Jules and Fernand Lacloche...

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Lalaounis, Ilias

“I feel that in all my creations I have been...

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Lalique, Rene

The term revolutionary cannot be applied so...

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Le Sache, Georges

 Georges Le Saché was a highly respected...

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Legnazzi

Legnazzi is an Italian family of jewellers...

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Lenfant, Georges

Georges Lenfant could be described as one of...

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LeRoy et Fils

1747 - present day

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Liberty & Co.

Arthur Lasenby Liberty 1843 -1935 1875 A...

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Linzeler Marchak

In 1922 Alexander Marchak launched a...

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Lummertz, Irene

Irene Lummertz’s interest in gemstones was...

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Mahie, Jean

Jean Mahie jewellery is the result of a...

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Makovsky, Vladimir

Vladimir Makovsky (1884-1966), a Russian-born...

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Manz, Gustav

GUSTAV MANZ was a German-born...

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Mappin & Webb

1774 is the first Mappin silver hallmark; the...

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Marchak

Often referred to as the ‘Cartier of Kiev’,...

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Marcus & Co

Herman Marcus was born in Germany in 1828 and...

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Marina B

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Marsh & Co.

G. T. MARSH & Co.

The venerable San Francisco...

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Marzo

Raphael Marzo established his jewellery shop...

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Masriera, Luis

Spanish jeweller Luis Masriera (1872-1958) was...

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Mauboussin

Mauboussin’s story begins in 1827 when a...

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Meister

Meister has been a family jewellery business...

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Mellerio

The Mellerio family traces its history in the...

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Membre, Ernest

Ernest Membré was a French jeweller who...

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Mikimoto

The name Mikimoto is synonymous with the...

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Mortimer & Hunt

Mortimer & Hunt (1839-1843) When Paul Storr...

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Movado

1881 - Achilles Ditesheim, a 19-year old...

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Munsteiner, Bernd

Bernd Munsteiner won his first gold medal in...

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Nardi

Giulio Nardi 1897-1976 1920s Giulio Nardi...

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Nielsen, Evald

Evald Nielsen (1879-1958) ‘It is wonderful to...

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Orgell, David

The Orgell legend began in the late 1800s in...

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Ostertag

Melchior Siegfried Arnold Ostertag...

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Ostier Inc.

The firm Ostier originated in Austria where...

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Paltscho

The firm of Paltscho was founded in Vienna...

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Patek Philippe

Polish watchmaker Antoni Patek started making...

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Péry et Cie

The historic jewellery workshop of A. Péry et...

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Picasso, Paloma

Paloma Picasso is one of the world's most...

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Picq, Henri

Henri Picq's workshop was one of the most...

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Pierino Frascarolo

Pierino Frascarolo was born in 1928 in Milan....

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Pierret, Ernesto

Ernesto Pierret was born in Paris in 1824 but...

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Poiray

The Maison Poiray was founded in 1975 by...

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Ramsden, Omar

Omar Ramsden (1873-1939) Omar Ramsden was born...

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Rigovacca

Marco Rigovacca was an important jeweller of...

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Rubel Frères

The names of Jean and Robert Rubel are...

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Ruser, William

Best known for his whimsical sculptural jewels...

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S J Rood

1873 S.J. Rood began their activity in...

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Sandoz, Gustave

The Maison Gustave Sanzdoz was a family affair...

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Sasportas

Sasportas was a French jewellery workshop...

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Saunders and Shepherd

Saunders and Shepherd were founded in London...

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Schlumberger, Jean

“I want to capture the irregularities of the...

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Seaman Schepps

Seaman Schepps created one of America's most...

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Shreve & Co.

George Coates Shreve and Samuel S. Shreve...

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Sterlé, Pierre

Pierre Sterlé was still a young boy when fate...

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Storr & Mortimer

Storr & Mortimer Goldsmiths and Jewellers to...

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Suzuki, Hiroshi

Hiroshi Suzuki Born in Miyagi, Japan, 1961...

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Templier

The renowned Art Deco jeweller Raymond...

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Tétard Freres

Tétard, along with Puiforcat and Christofle,...

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Tiffany & Co.

In 1837 an ambitious young man called Charles...

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Tillander

The Helsinki company of A. Tillander Jewellers...

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Trabert & Hoeffer Mauboussin

The somewhat unlikely alliance between the...

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Treskow, Elisabeth

ElisabethTreskow 1898 – 1992 German jeweller...

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Udall & Ballou

According to one of their  1930’s adverts…....

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Van Cleef & Arpels

On June 16th 1906 Van Cleef & Arpels opened...

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Vassort, Andre

Little is known about the French jeweller...

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Verdura, Fulco di

“Fulco’s references to nature, culture and...

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Verger Freres

One of the richest, if not the richest period...

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Vever

Undoubtedly best known for their Art Nouveau...

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Waslikoff

M. Waslikoff & Sons was an American jeweller...

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Watherston & Son

James Henderson Watherston and his son Edward...

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Webb, David

"I had a tremendous feeling for art in me. I...

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Weingrill

Italian goldsmiths since 1879 Specialises in...

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Wiese, Jules & Louis

Jules Wièse is regarded as one of the finest...

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Willmore

Thomas Willmore entered his mark at Birmingham...

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Winston, Harry

1896 -1978 Harry Winston's father Jacob...

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Wolfe & Co, E

The fine jewellery manufacturing business...

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Yaeche

Yaeche Joaillier, Paris

376 Rue St Honoré

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Yard, Raymond

“Mr Yard’s impeccable taste helped set the...

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Zolotas

Founded in 1895, the Greek firm Zolotas is...

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