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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

The world renowned Royal Warrant holding...

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Aucoc, Louis

Louis Aucoc made an important contribution to...

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Audemars Piguet

Jules Louis Audemars and Edward Auguste Piguet...

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Auger

The Maison Auger was founded by Louis-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

Artist Val Bennett was born in London in 1923...

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Benson, JW

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

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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

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

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Boucheron

Frédéric Boucheron supplied jewels to some of...

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Bowles, Ian

Artist Ian Bowles was born in 1946 and from an...

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Brandt, Paul Emile

Best remembered for his bold and innovative...

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Breguet

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

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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

Pol Bury was a Belgian artist who worked in a...

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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.

The firm of Carrington was named after its...

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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

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

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Charlton & Co.

Founded in 1909 Charlton & Co are probably...

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Chatila

George Chatila opened his eponymous jewellery...

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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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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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Cohen, Julius

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

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Cooperman, Marilyn

Marylin Cooperman was born in Toronto Canada...

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Costagli, Paolo

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

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Crinnan

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Cummings, Angela

Cummings was born in Klagenfurt, Austria in...

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Dali, Salvador

“My aim is to put the art of jewellery into...

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De Grisogono

Swiss jewellery firm De Grisogono was founded...

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Debacq & Cie

The Parisian jewellery firm of Debacq  traces...

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Descomps, Joe

Emanuel Jules Joseph Descomps was a French...

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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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Dreicer & Co.

The name Dreicer is little known today but a...

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Dunand, Jean

Jean Dunand was one of the most significant...

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Dunay, Henry

“Jewellery should be an extension of the...

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Dusausoy

Dusausoy are best remembered for their...

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Duval et Le Turcq

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

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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

Eugène Feuillâtre was renowned for the beauty...

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Flato, Paul

Born in September 1900 into a prosperous...

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Fontana

The Parisian jewellery firm of Fontana was...

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Fontenay, Eugène

Fontenay was one of the outstanding French...

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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

Elizabeth Gage was born in 1937 into an...

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Garrard

Garrard, the famous London firm of...

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Gay Frères

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

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Gazdar

Jewellery firm Gazdar was established in...

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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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Gerard, Victor

Victor Gérard created beautifully crafted and...

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Giuliano

The Italian jeweller Carlo Giuliano...

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Graff

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

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Grima, Andrew

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

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Gübelin

The Swiss family firm of Gübelin is as well...

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Hammerman Brothers

The American firm of Hammerman Brothers was...

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Hancocks

Within the archives of the London jewellers...

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Hemmerle

“Our own philosophy resonates with poetry -...

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Hennell

The firm of Hennell was founded by silversmith...

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Hermes

The world famous French company Hermès was...

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Heyman Bros, Oscar

“We want to sell jewellery the grandchildren...

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Hunt & Roskell

Hunt & Roskell was a renowned jewellers and...

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Jaeger LeCoultre

Antoine LeCoultre (1803 – 1881), a talented...

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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...

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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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Liberty & Co

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Liberty & Co.

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

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Linzeler Marchak

In 1922 the jewellers Alexander Marchak and...

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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

Makovsky was a true master craftsman whose...

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Mappin & Webb

Mappin & Webb was formerly established in 1889...

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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

Marina Bulgari was born in 1930 into one of...

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Marsh & Co.

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

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Marzo

Lorenzo Marzo was a jeweller of Spanish origin...

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Masriera, Luis

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

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Massin, Oscar

Born in Liège in Belgium in 1829 Oscar Massin...

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Mauboussin

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

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Meister

Meister was founded in 1881 and remains a...

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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

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

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Munsteiner, Bernd

Bernd Munsteiner won his first gold medal in...

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Nardi

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

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Nielsen, Evald

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

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Ostertag

Melchior Siegfried Arnold Ostertag...

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Ostier Inc.

The New York jewellery firm Ostier was founded...

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Paltscho

The firm of Paltscho was founded in Vienna...

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Patek Philippe

Patek Philippe, arguably the best known and...

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Péry et Cie

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

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Picasso, Paloma

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

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Picq, Henri

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

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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 was born in Sheffield in 1873,...

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Rood, S J

S.J. Rood was established in London’s...

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Rowlands & Frazer

Rowlands & Frazer were a jewellers and...

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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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Sandoz, Gustave

The Maison Gustave Sanzdoz was a family affair...

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Saunders and Shepherd

Saunders and Shepherd is a firm of...

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Schlumberger, Jean

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

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Seaman Schepps

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

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Sheffield & Co.

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

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Shreve & Co.

George Coates Shreve and Samuel S. Shreve...

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Sonwai

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

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Sterlé, Pierre

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

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Storr & Mortimer

The firm of Storr & Mortimer was formed in...

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Suzuki, Hiroshi

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

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Templier

The renowned Art Deco jeweller Raymond...

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Tétard Freres

Edmond Têtard took over the business of the...

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Tiffany

In 1837 an ambitious young man called Charles...

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Tillander

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

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Trabert & Hoeffer Mauboussin

The somewhat unlikely alliance between the...

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Treskow, Elisabeth

The jeweller and silversmith Elisabeth Treskow...

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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

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

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Vever

Undoubtedly best known for their Art Nouveau...

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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

Carlo Weingrill set up his goldsmith workshop...

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Wiese

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

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Winston, Harry

“Jewels are more than my love and my life; they...

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Wolfe & Co, E

The fine jewellery manufacturing business...

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Yard, Raymond

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

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Zolotas

The Greek firm of Zolotas was founded in 1895...

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