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Designer Jewelry

Back in the 19th and 20 centuries, jewelers, called master craftsmen, sat behind a bench for weeks on end working on one piece of jewelry at a time to create that fantastic antique engagement ring or vintage jewelry. At we understand that there were designers who had an impact on the way we lived and wore jewelry. Designers such as Tiffany, Van Cleef and Arpels, Bulgari, Harry Winston, Cartier, David Webb, and Raymond Yard were among those who made such an impact. These designers started everlasting trends, where their workmanship was second to none and is still present and highly coveted. Here is a list of the many designers that are included:


Important English jeweler established in the late 1700's. Known for clocks, watches and furniture.

Bailey, Banks & Biddle

American jeweler from Philadelphia started out in the mid 1800's.

Black Starr & Frost

American jeweler started in the early 1800's.


Famous French jeweler started in the mid 1800's, apprenticing in famous french jewelers. Known to use excellent gem-stones including rubies and sapphires. Produced beautiful Art Deco, Edwardian and Art Nouveau jewelry.


Famous Italian jeweler starting in the early 1900's with its height during the 1920's to the 1960's. Known for the use of Precious gems specifically carved gem stones.


Famed Italian jeweler started in the late 1800's and today is known for its coin jeweler and wonderful use of precious emeralds, rubies and sapphires. The firm continues on today.


Famed firm started in the mid 1800's and continues on today. Has contibuted through many eras including Belle-Epoque, Art Deco throughout the Modern Era. Known for their Tutti-Fruitti jewelry and the famed panther jewelry as well as clocks and watches.

David Webb

American jeweler famous for his animal and enameled inspired jewelry throughout the 1960's and 1970's.


Swiss watchmaker starting in the early 1900's which also expanded in to the jewelry business.

Harry Winston

One of the first power diamond dealer/ jewelers in the United States who had bought and sold some of the major diamonds in the world. The firm continues today at 527 5th ave New York.

J.E Caldwell

Important jewelry company from Philadelphia PA started in the early 1900's. Known for their outstanding art deco jewelry and continues on today.

Marcus & Co

An important American firm started in the late 1800's. Known for their Art-Nouveau jewelry and wonderful enamel work.


French firm which gained a following in the early 1920's but really was know for its time in the art deco and retro period. Was known for its floral brooches, earrings and bracelets. Also favored using beautiful gemstones.

Oscar Heyman & bros

A very important New York jeweler who first started out in the early 1900's. Apprenticed with the famous Faberge, their workmanship is second to none. Helped to introduce invisible jewelry, and also favored fantastic floral brooches. The firm is in its 3rd generation today.

Patek Phillipe

Famous watch company started in the mid 1800's. Still one of the powerful names in the watch trade.

Raymond Yard

Began as an apprentice with the famed firm Marcus and Co., in the late 1800's. His use of platinum and gemstones were second to none.

Seaman Schepps

An important player during the retro years and throughout the 1960's. Made famous by using big cabachons, semi precious gems and, of course, animal and sea life objects.

Shreve and Company

Opened in the late 1800's in San Francisco. Still an important player for jewelry in the west coast.

Tiffany and Co

Founded by Charles Tiffany in the mid 1800's. A New York City power jeweler and diamond dealer. Tiffany's reach today includes diamond jewelry, silver and perfumes.

Van Cleef and Arpels

A power jeweler from the early 1900's, who still continues on today. Famous for including invisible settings in jewelry, power diamond and gemstone dealer, and introducing the public to the vanity cigarette case.


A famed Italian jeweler, whose heyday was the mid 1900's, specifically the 1940's and 1950's. His use of cabochon gemstones , rubies, and sapphires was especially admired.