Maker Biographies

Learn more about the artists behind the jewels

A

Albert, Gilbert

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

Read more

Aletto Bros.

The Aletto family have been making fine hand...

Read more

Asprey

The world renowned Royal Warrant holding luxury goods...

Read more

Aucoc, Louis

Louis Aucoc made an important contribution to the...

Read more

Audemars Piguet

Jules Louis Audemars and Edward Auguste Piguet were...

Read more

Auger

The Maison Auger was founded by Louis-Alphonse Auger...

Read more

B

Bailey, Banks & Biddle

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

Read more

Bapst & Falize

During a twelve year period at the end...

Read more

Belperron, Suzanne

Suzanne Belperron believed her jewellery designs to be...

Read more

Bennett, Val

Artist Val Bennett was born in London in...

Read more

Benson, JW

The prestigious firm of J.W. Benson was one...

Read more

Berlioz Leroy

Mademoiselle Berlioz and Monsieur Leroy established their jewellery...

Read more

Black, Starr & Frost

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

Read more

Boivin, Rene

The French firm of Boivin was founded in...

Read more

Boregaard, Pedro

“Some pieces I can visualize so perfectly that...

Read more

Boucheron

Frédéric Boucheron supplied jewels to some of the...

Read more

Bowles, Ian

Artist Ian Bowles was born in 1946 and...

Read more

Brandt, Paul Emile

Best remembered for his bold and innovative Art...

Read more

Breguet

Abraham-Louis Bréguet (1747 – 1823) was born in...

Read more

Brogden, John

John Brogden was one of the best known...

Read more

Buccellati

When Mario Buccellati (1891-1965) returned from war in...

Read more

Bulgari

In 1880 a young Greek silversmith, Sotirios Boulgaris,...

Read more

Burdy

Henri Auguste Burdy was a French sculptor and...

Read more

Burton, Amy

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

Read more

Bury, Pol

Pol Bury was a Belgian artist who worked...

Read more

C

Caldwell & Co. JE

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

Read more

Carreras

Carreras was one of the oldest family jewellers...

Read more

Carrington & Co.

The firm of Carrington was named after its...

Read more

Cartier

When Louis-François Cartier (1819-1904) opened his small jewellery...

Read more

Castellani

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

Read more

Chan, Wallace

“For more than four decades gemstones have been...

Read more

Chanel

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

Read more

Chantecler

“Every day Capri's energy, colours and scents create...

Read more

Charlton & Co.

Founded in 1909 Charlton & Co are probably...

Read more

Chatila

George Chatila opened his eponymous jewellery firm in...

Read more

Chaumet

The story of Chaumet is a long and...

Read more

Child & Child

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

Read more

Chopard

A small farming village in the mountainous region...

Read more

Cipullo, Aldo

Famous for designing one of the most popular...

Read more

Claflin, Donald

The American designer Donald Claflin was born in...

Read more

Cohen, Julius

Julius Cohen (1914 – 1995) founded his eponymous...

Read more

Cooperman, Marilyn

Marylin Cooperman was born in Toronto Canada and...

Read more

Costagli, Paolo

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

Read more

Cummings, Angela

Angela Cummings was born in Klagenfurt, Austria in...

Read more

D

Dali, Salvador

“My aim is to put the art of...

Read more

De Grisogono

Swiss jewellery firm De Grisogono was founded in...

Read more

Debacq & Cie

The Parisian jewellery firm of Debacq  traces its...

Read more

Descomps, Joe

Emanuel Jules Joseph Descomps was a French sculptor...

Read more

Despres, Jean

Despres is remembered as one of a group...

Read more

Dinh Van, Jean

Born just outside Paris in 1927 to a...

Read more

Dior

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

Read more

Drayson, Cecil

The firm of Cecil Drayson Ltd was founded...

Read more

Dreicer & Co.

The name Dreicer is little known today but...

Read more

Dunand, Jean

Jean Dunand was one of the most significant...

Read more

Dunay, Henry

“Jewellery should be an extension of the wearer…....

Read more

Dusausoy

Dusausoy are best remembered for their exciting Art...

Read more

Duval et Le Turcq

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

Read more

F

Faberge, Carl

Artist, craftsman, perfectionist, connoisseur, visionary  –  Carl Fabergé...

Read more

Falize

The name Falize typically conjures images of brightly...

Read more

Fasano

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

Read more

Feuillâtre, Eugène

Eugène Feuillâtre was renowned for the beauty and...

Read more

Flato, Paul

Born in September 1900 into a prosperous family...

Read more

Fontana

The Parisian jewellery firm of Fontana was founded...

Read more

Fontenay, Eugène

Fontenay was one of the outstanding French goldsmiths...

Read more

Fouquet

From 1860 until 1936, three successive generations of...

Read more

Fred

Looking back over a lifetime in the jewellery...

Read more

G

Gage, Elizabeth

Elizabeth Gage was born in 1937 into an...

Read more

Garrard

Garrard, the famous London firm of silversmiths and...

Read more

GARRARDS

...

Read more

Gay Frères

Gay Frères was founded in 1835 in Geneva...

Read more

Gazdar

Jewellery firm Gazdar was established in Mumbai in...

Read more

Georland

The Georland atelier was founded in Paris by...

Read more

Gérard, M

After many years working for one of jewellery’s...

Read more

Gérard, Victor

Victor Gérard created beautifully crafted and imaginative jewels...

Read more

Giuliano

The Italian jeweller Carlo Giuliano (1831-1895) came to...

Read more

Graff

“I have always been fascinated by diamonds; I...

Read more

Grima, Andrew

For a man whose jewellery career began more...

Read more

Gübelin

The Swiss family firm of Gübelin is as...

Read more

H

Hammerman Brothers

The American firm of Hammerman Brothers was founded...

Read more

Hancocks

Within the archives of the London jewellers Hancocks,...

Read more

Hemmerle

“Our own philosophy resonates with poetry - originality,...

Read more

Hennell

The renowned firm of Hennell was founded by...

Read more

Hermès

The world famous French company Hermès was established...

Read more

Heyman Bros, Oscar

“We want to sell jewellery the grandchildren fight...

Read more

Hunt & Roskell

Hunt & Roskell was a renowned jewellers and...

Read more

I

Illario

The Italian fine jewellery firm of Carlo Illario...

Read more

J

Jaeger LeCoultre

Antoine LeCoultre (1803 – 1881), a talented self-taught...

Read more

Jakob, Otto

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

Read more

Janesich

Famed for producing some of the most stylish...

Read more

JAR

"Everything conspires to make you bigger and more...

Read more

Jensen, Georg

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

Read more

K

Kinsella, Lucy

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

Read more

Köchert, A.E.

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

Read more

Kutchinsky

The Kutchinsky business was established in 1893 when...

Read more

L

La Triomphe

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

Read more

Lacaze, René Sim

René Sim Lacaze was one of the most...

Read more

Lacloche Frères

Leopold, Jacques, Jules and Fernand Lacloche were not...

Read more

Lalaounis, Ilias

“I feel that in all my creations I...

Read more

Lalique, René

The term revolutionary cannot be so aptly applied...

Read more

Le Saché, Georges

Georges Le Saché was a highly respected jewellery...

Read more

Legnazzi

Legnazzi is an Italian family of jewellers from...

Read more

Lenfant, Georges

Georges Lenfant could be described as one of...

Read more

Liberty & Co.

Arthur Lasenby Liberty (1843 – 1917) opened his...

Read more

Linzeler

Today the name Linzeler is best remembered for...

Read more

Linzeler Marchak

In 1922 the Parisian jeweller Robert Linzeler entered...

Read more

Linzeler, Robert

Robert Linzeler was the grandson of Eugène Linzeler...

Read more

Lummertz, Irene

Irene Lummertz’s interest in gemstones was sparked at...

Read more

M

Mahie, Jean

Jean Mahie jewellery is the result of a...

Read more

Makovsky, Vladimir

Makovsky was a true master craftsman whose exceptional...

Read more

Mappin & Webb

Mappin & Webb was formerly established in 1889...

Read more

Marchak

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

Read more

Marcus & Co.

Herman Marcus was born in Germany in 1828...

Read more

Marina B

Marina Bulgari was born in 1930 into one...

Read more

Marsh & Co.

G.T. Marsh & Co. (also known as Marsh...

Read more

Marzo

Lorenzo Marzo was a jeweller of Spanish origin...

Read more

Masriera

Josep Masriera Vidal opened his first workshop on...

Read more

Massin, Oscar

Born in Liège in Belgium in 1829, Oscar...

Read more

Mauboussin

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

Read more

Meister

Meister was founded in 1881 and remains a...

Read more

Mellerio

The Mellerio family traces its history in the...

Read more

Membre, Ernest

Ernest Membré was a French jeweller who specialised...

Read more

Mikimoto

"My dream is to adorn the necks of...

Read more

Munsteiner, Bernd

Bernd Munsteiner won his first gold medal in...

Read more

N

Nardi

"My love for this city of water and...

Read more

Nielsen, Evald

“It is wonderful to do work which it...

Read more

O

Ostertag

Melchior Siegfried Arnold Ostertag (1883-1940), known as Arnold,...

Read more

Ostier Inc.

The New York jewellery firm Ostier was founded...

Read more

P

Paltscho

The firm of Paltscho was founded in Vienna...

Read more

Patek Philippe

Patek Philippe, arguably the best known and most...

Read more

Péry et Cie

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

Read more

Picasso, Paloma

“Jewellery is eternal. Fashion is the moment, but...

Read more

Picq, Henri

The Parisian workshop of Henri Picq, a name...

Read more

Pierret, Ernesto

Ernesto Pierret was born in Paris in 1824...

Read more

Poiray

The Maison Poiray was founded in 1975 by...

Read more

R

Ramsden, Omar

Omar Ramsden was born in Sheffield in 1873,...

Read more

Rood, S J

The firm of S.J. Rood was founded in...

Read more

Rowlands & Frazer

Rowlands & Frazer were a jewellers and silversmiths...

Read more

Rubel Frères

The names of Jean and Robert Rubel are...

Read more

Ruser, William

Best known for his whimsical sculptural jewels created...

Read more

S

Sandoz, Gustave

The Maison Gustave Sanzdoz was a family affair...

Read more

Saunders and Shepherd

Saunders and Shepherd is a firm of manufacturing...

Read more

Schlumberger, Jean

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

Read more

Seaman Schepps

Seaman Schepps (1881-1972) was born in Manhattan and...

Read more

Sheffield & Co.

Sheffield & Co. was established in Alexandria, Egypt...

Read more

Shreve & Co.

George Coates Shreve and Samuel S. Shreve travelled...

Read more

Sonwai

Sonwai is the artist name of Verma Nequatewa,...

Read more

Sterlé, Pierre

Pierre Sterlé was still a young boy when...

Read more

Storr & Mortimer

The firm of Storr & Mortimer was formed...

Read more

Suzuki, Hiroshi

“Once I sense something creative, there is no...

Read more

T

Templier

The renowned Art Deco jeweller Raymond Templier (1891...

Read more

Tétard Frères

Edmond Tétard took over the business of the...

Read more

Thomas, David

“I like the scale of jewellery, I like...

Read more

Tiffany

In 1837 an ambitious young man called Charles...

Read more

Tillander

The firm of A. Tillander was established by...

Read more

Trabert & Hoeffer Mauboussin

The somewhat unlikely alliance between the venerable French...

Read more

Treskow, Elisabeth

The jeweller and silversmith Elisabeth Treskow was born...

Read more

U

Udall & Ballou

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

Read more

V

Van Cleef & Arpels

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

Read more

Vassort, André

Little is known about the French jeweller André...

Read more

Verdura, Fulco di

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

Read more

Verger Frères

Widely known as the jeweller’s jeweller, Verger created...

Read more

Vever

Undoubtedly best known for their Art Nouveau jewels,...

Read more

W

Watherston & Son

James Henderson Watherston and his son Edward James...

Read more

Webb, David

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

Read more

Weingrill

Carlo Weingrill set up his goldsmith workshop in...

Read more

Wièse

Jules Wièse is regarded as one of the...

Read more

Winston, Harry

“Jewels are more than my love and my...

Read more

Wolfe & Co, E

...

Read more

Wolfe & Co. E

The fine jewellery manufacturing business known today as...

Read more

Wolfers

The Wolfers family had long been involved in...

Read more

Wolfers, Philippe

Philippe Wolfers was the son of gold and...

Read more

Y

Yard, Raymond

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

Read more

Z

Zolotas

The Greek firm of Zolotas was founded in...

Read more