Famous for designing one of the most popular Cartier jewels of all time, Aldo Cipullo’s name will forever be synonymous with bold, modern jewelry that reflected the mood of New York in the 1960s and 70s.
Boivin was founded in 1890 by Monsieur Jules René Boivin (1864-1917). He registered his makers mark and this was also the year in which he married Jeanne Poiret, sister to the famed couturier Paul Poiret.
Over 150 years ago, Frédéric Boucheron was the very first jeweller to set up shop on Place Vendôme . Its special order book was a roll-call of the wealthiest and most celebrated people in the world.
Mario Buccellati opened his first shop in 1919 with a shop in the city centre on Largo Santa Margherita, supplying the Milanese high society with diadems and necklaces, evening bags and cocktail rings.
In 1884, the young Greek silversmith, Sotirios Boulgaris, opened a shop on Via Sistina in Rome. He Italianized his name to Sotirio Bulgari and the firm that represents the very essence of ‘la Dolce Vita’ was born.
The Burle Marx brothers were from a well to do family of German Jews, distantly related to Karl Marx, who emigrated to Rio in 1895. Roberto, Haroldo and their brother Walter all excelled in creative fields.
The house of Cartier was founded in 1847 by Louis-François Cartier (1819-1904).
Their early necklaces and bracelets were designed in the neo-Greco-Roman style.
The history of Chaumet has been entwined with the History of France ever since its founding in 1780, in Paris. During the Empire and the Consulate, the Maison became the official jeweller to Empress Josephine, crafting exceptional tiaras, jewels, timepieces.
Joel (Arthur) Rosenthal was born in New York City. He graduated in art history from Harvard in 1966 before moving to Paris. He initially worked in the film industry, and then opened a needlepoint shop.
The firm of Kutchinsky in London has produced beautiful and very high-quality jewelry since the 1890’s, although they are best known for pieces produced from the 1930’s on.
Born in Athens in 1920, Ilias Lalaounis was the fourth generation of a family of Greek goldsmiths and watchmakers.
B is for Bvlgari. Marina Bvlgari, daughter of Constantino Bvlgari and granddaughter of Sotirio Bvlgari, displayed talent for jewellery design at a young age, living between Rome and Greece.
The famed sculptor Pol Bury was born in Belgium, but lived and worked extensively in France. Bury is famous for his great kinetic sculptures, which move either by water or mechanical means.
Suzanne Belperron (1900–1983) was an influential 20th-century jewelry designer in Paris. In March 1919, she was taken on as a modelist-designer by Jeanne Boivin, the widow of René Boivin.
In 1837, Charles Tiffany set up shop with his friend John B. Young selling “stationary and fancy goods”. Today his name is synonymous with American style and luxury and Tiffany jewelry is worn by the world’s most elegant women.
VAN CLEEF & ARPELS
The firm of Van Cleef and Arpels had its beginnings in 1898, when Alfred Van Cleef (1873-1938) married his cousin, Estelle Arpels.
They settled at Place Vendôme in 1906 in front of the Ritz.