Maker Biographies

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Albert, Gilbert

The designer Gilbert Albert was born in 1930...

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Aletto Bros.

 His son Raffaele carried on the family name...

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Asprey

They moved to London’s New Bond Street in...

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Aucoc, Louis

He was born in 1850 into a family...

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Audemars Piguet

Situated in the village of Le Brassus in...

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Auger

Within a couple of years of opening he...

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Bailey, Banks & Biddle

They were manufacturing and retail jewellers and silversmiths...

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Bapst & Falize

The Maison Bapst was founded during the second...

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Belperron, Suzanne

Innovate, bold, original, avant-garde - all these words...

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Bennett, Val

Despite this keen interest he chose not to...

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Benson, JW

The business was originally set up by brothers...

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Berlioz Leroy

Their boutique at number 19 rue de la...

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Black, Starr & Frost

Widely recognised as the oldest jewellery firm in...

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Boivin, Rene

René Boivin was born in Paris in 1864...

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Boregaard, Pedro

Pedro Boregaard grew up in Munich in what...

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Boucheron

 Frédéric Boucheron was born in 1830 and at...

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Bowles, Ian

He worked in dual media both as a...

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Brandt, Paul Emile

Brandt was born in Chaux-Fonds, Switzerland in 1883...

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Breguet

He sought to increase his foreign clientele and...

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Brogden, John

They exhibited successfully at the Great Exhibition of...

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Buccellati

And so it was that Milan’s prestigious jewellery...

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Bulgari

For several years Sotirio’s focus was on selling...

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Burdy

His portrait medals were highly regarded and shown...

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Burton, Amy

In some ways Amy has been moving towards...

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Bury, Pol

Described by his wife Velma as “a completely...

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Caldwell & Co. JE

The Philadelphia jewellers J.E. Caldwell & Co. was...

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Carreras

Records show that he moved to Barcelona from...

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Carrington & Co.

He was listed as a silversmith, goldsmith and...

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Cartier

Having taken over the workshop where he had...

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Castellani

Over time, he began to turn his attention...

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Chan, Wallace

Wallace Chan’s jewellery is not only a reflection...

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Chanel

The house of Chanel was founded by Gabrielle...

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Chantecler

The fine jewellery firm Chantecler was founded on...

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Charlton & Co.

Charlton & Co. were an American jewellers founded...

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Chatila

Specialising in rare and exceptional gemstones such as...

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Chaumet

In 1780 Marie-Étienne Nitot set up his own...

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Child & Child

They established themselves at 1, Seville Street in...

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Chopard

At its height there were at least fifteen...

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Cipullo, Aldo

He was born in Naples, Italy in 1936...

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Claflin, Donald

In 1965 he joined Tiffany & Co. and...

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Cohen, Julius

In 1942 he joined Harry Winston where he...

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Cooperman, Marilyn

In the 1970s, she established ‘Max and Marilyn’...

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Costagli, Paolo

Paolo Costagli is an Italian jewellery designer who...

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Cummings, Angela

She studied art in Italy and jewellery in...

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Dali, Salvador

Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech was...

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De Grisogono

The first store was opened at 104, rue...

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Debacq & Cie

In 1851 Debacq separated from the Sabes and...

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Descomps, Joe

He received his early training at Alexandre Falguières...

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Despres, Jean

Jean Eugene Gilbert Despres was born in Avallon,...

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Dinh Van, Jean

After studying drawing at the École des Beaux-Arts...

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Dior

Christian Dior (1905 – 1957) founded his eponymous...

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Drayson, Cecil

Various reports and articles dating from 1907 onwards...

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Dreicer & Co.

The company was started in 1868, by Jacob...

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Dunand, Jean

He was born Jules John Dunand in Petit-Lancy,...

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Dunay, Henry

Henry Dunay was born Henry Loniewski in New...

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Dusausoy

According to the company’s own advertisements they were...

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Duval et Le Turcq

They are best remembered for their extraordinary series...

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Faberge, Carl

Born in St Petersburg in 1846, Peter Carl...

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Falize

Alexis Falize (1811 – 1898) was born in...

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Fasano

In 1932 Fasano married Stella Piovano with whom...

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Feuillâtre, Eugène

Born in Dunkirk, Northern France in 1870, Feuillâtre...

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Flato, Paul

He was exposed to the delights of fine...

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Fontana

When Thomas passed away in 1861 his son...

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Fontenay, Eugène

He was born in 1823 in Paris, the...

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Fouquet

The story begins with Alphonse Fouquet (1828-1911) who...

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Fred

Born in 1908 to French parents who had...

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Gage, Elizabeth

In 1972 she won the coveted DeBeers Diamonds...

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Garrard

In 1782 Robert Garrard joined the business, originally...

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Gay Frères

With the invention of the pocket watch and...

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Gazdar

They attracted the attention of the Nizam as...

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Georland

The business specialised in fine jewellery manufacture and...

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Gérard, M

He founded M. Gérard in 1968 opening his...

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Gérard, Victor

Victor Gérard was a French jeweller and goldsmith...

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Giuliano

Once settled, he set up a workshop to...

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Graff

Lawrence Graff was born in 1938 in London...

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Grima, Andrew

Andrew Grima was born in Rome in 1921...

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Gübelin

Jakob Breitschmid opened his watch maker’s shop on...

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Hammerman Brothers

The three brothers had all recently returned from...

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Hancocks

By the time it was started in 1866...

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Hemmerle

The German family run firm of Hemmerle was...

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Hennell

He had been apprenticed to Edward Wood in...

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Hermès

His goal was to create the finest wrought...

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Heyman Bros, Oscar

Oscar Heyman & Brothers was founded in New...

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Hunt & Roskell

A couple of years later he went into...

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Illario

The brothers gained a reputation for the fineness...

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Jaeger LeCoultre

LeCoultre exhibited at the inaugural 1851 Great Exhibition...

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Jakob, Otto

The saying that every cloud has a silver...

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Janesich

Leopoldo Janesich (1802-1880) set up his firm in...

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JAR

Joel Arthur Rosenthal (JAR) is almost as famous...

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Jensen, Georg

Jensen was born in 1866, the seventh of...

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Kinsella, Lucy

Born in Hampshire in 1960, Lucy Kinsella now...

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Köchert, A.E.

The Frenchman Emanuel Pioté arrived in Vienna from...

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Kutchinsky

In 1930 Morris was joined by his sons...

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La Triomphe

The first recorded use of the name (which...

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Lacaze, René Sim

He was born René Lacaze in Paris in...

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Lacloche Frères

The history of Lacloche is somewhat convoluted because...

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Lalaounis, Ilias

Born in Athens in 1920, Ilias Lalaounis was...

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Lalique, René

Instrumental in defining the aesthetic of the Art...

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Le Saché, Georges

Born into a creative family in Paris in...

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Legnazzi

Since 1911 the firm, which is now run...

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Lenfant, Georges

Born into the trade, Georges Lenfant served various...

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Liberty & Co.

Within ten years Arthur Liberty was working with...

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Linzeler

Long before this however, Robert’s grandfather Eugène Linzeler...

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Linzeler Marchak

Robert was descended from the renowned Linzeler family...

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Linzeler, Robert

Robert’s father Frédéric had worked for the family...

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Lummertz, Irene

She recalls how they would go exploring and...

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Mahie, Jean

They first began combining their artistic talents in...

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Makovsky, Vladimir

Born in Russia in 1884, Makovsky later fled...

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Mappin & Webb

In 1859 the eldest brother William left the...

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Marchak

Joseph Marchak (1854 – 1918) was only fourteen...

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Marcus & Co.

He found work firstly with Tiffany & Co....

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Marina B

She began her career working for the family...

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Marsh & Co.

George Marsh was born in Richmond Australia and...

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Marzo

However, it is the bold and striking Art...

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Masriera

The following year he set up a wholesale...

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Massin, Oscar

Massin had chosen his career path himself after...

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Mauboussin

Successful enough to survive for over forty years...

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Meister

They have won the coveted Diamonds International Award...

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Mellerio

In 1613 the family, of whom there were...

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Membre, Ernest

Membré’s family were from Metz where his father...

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Mikimoto

Kokichi Mikimoto (1858 – 1954) was born in...

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Munsteiner, Bernd

Until this point lapidaries had been primarily concerned...

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Nardi

Giulio Nardi (1897 – 1976) was born in...

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Nielsen, Evald

The Danish silversmith Evald Nielsen was born in...

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Ostertag

He opened his eponymous boutique at 16 Place...

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Ostier Inc.

  Oliver was a third generation Austrian court jeweller...

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Paltscho

Ernst’s son Erwin joined his father in the...

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Patek Philippe

Their story begins with Antoni Patek (1812 –...

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Péry et Cie

Alongside Boucheron and Chaumet, one of the most...

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Picasso, Paloma

Jewellery designer Paloma Picasso was born in 1949...

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Picq, Henri

Picq founded his jewellery manufacturing workshop towards the...

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Pierret, Ernesto

In 1846 he opened his own shop and...

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Poiray

Established in the heart of Paris’s famous Place...

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Ramsden, Omar

At fourteen he was apprenticed to a Sheffield...

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Rood, S J

In addition to this they were also diamond...

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Rowlands & Frazer

Included in their display were a Holbeinesque ruby...

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Rubel Frères

Responsible for creating many beautiful and iconic jewels...

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Ruser, William

He was born in Philadelphia in 1908 and...

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Sandoz, Gustave

His son Gustave-Roger (1867-1942) took the helm in...

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Saunders and Shepherd

They expanded rapidly taking on numbers 24 and...

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Schlumberger, Jean

It was perhaps Jean Schlumberger’s lack of formal...

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Seaman Schepps

He married soon after and went on to...

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Sheffield & Co.

Edward was assisted in his new venture by...

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Shreve & Co.

George was a talented goldsmith having trained alongside...

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Sonwai

She was born in 1949 and grew up...

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Sterlé, Pierre

Born in 1905 into a family of high...

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Storr & Mortimer

Storr, one of the finest English silversmiths of...

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Suzuki, Hiroshi

Hiroshi Suzuki was born in Sendai, Miyagi on...

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Templier

During the early years of the 20th Century...

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Tétard Frères

He was a talented craftsman and his work...

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Thomas, David

David Thomas was born in Middlesex in 1938,...

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Tiffany

Born in 1812, Charles Lewis Tiffany was just...

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Tillander

After completing a seven year apprenticeship with a...

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Trabert & Hoeffer Mauboussin

Mauboussin had begun to establish itself in America...

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Treskow, Elisabeth

She studied at the Hagener silversmiths institute and...

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Udall & Ballou

Established in 1888, Udall and Ballou grew to...

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Van Cleef & Arpels

The marriage of Esther Arpels to her cousin...

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Vassort, André

One such building was 34 Rue Sainte Anne,...

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Verdura, Fulco di

This according to Babs Simpson former Vogue editor,...

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Verger Frères

Ferdinand Verger (1851- 1928) founded his eponymous jewellery...

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Vever

The Maison was founded in 1821 by Pierre...

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Watherston & Son

Advertising as manufacturing goldsmiths, jewellers and gold chain...

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Webb, David

David Webb was born in Asheville, North Carolina...

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Weingrill

In time the quality of Weingrill jewels would...

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Wièse

Born in Berlin in 1818 he became apprenticed...

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Winston, Harry

Harry Winston (1896 – 1978) was frequently referred...

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Wolfe & Co, E

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Wolfe & Co. E

He quickly built up a successful workshop of...

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Wolfers

They opened a business in Brussels in 1812...

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Wolfers, Philippe

Phillipe studied at the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts...

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Yard, Raymond

Raymond Yard opened the doors to his eponymous...

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Zolotas

After gaining experience at the ateliers in Paris...

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