It was over 15 years ago that I bought my first piece of jewelry from the 1960's. This purchase developed a feverish passion for late mid-century fine jewelry. I wanted to show the world that modern design did not just come in silver. Gold Jewelry, so prevalent during both the 1960's and 70's, was big, bold and sculptural. It was a departure from the staid, mass produced pieces of earlier times. It reflected a new world, wild and individual. Major Jewelry houses employed designers to make one of a kind pieces to follow the success of Artist-Jewelers like Andrew Grima and Arthur King (whose shops incidentally, were as fantastic as their jewelry). The Beatles, Jimmy Hendrix, Vidal Sassoon, Mary Quant, Halston, Ed Sullivan, Flower Power, the Vietnam War - just a few components that influenced this wild 20 year span from 1960-1980. But is only in the past few years that this style has come back around. Forgotten names, at one time household with those in the know, have prompted me to share the information I have been gathering these last 15 years. I want to bring you more than just the wonderful collection of these artists on my website. I want to bring you a clearer sense of the pieces that were being made, the motivation behind the people making them, and of the time period in which they were produced.
In the future, I plan to look deeper into these artists:
Chaumet, John Donald, Mario Masenza, Asprey and Company, Buccellati, Toni Cavelti, Gubelin, Kutchinsky, Pierre Sterle, H. Stern, and more.
Get ready to have fun!