Let me begin by saying I am a huge proponent of “Buy American”. If
not us… then who?
That said… let’s play: “Name that Jeweler”. We’ve played it before.
I’m sure you all know how it works. For those of you who don’t… all
you have to do is… “Name that Jeweler”. Quaint… eh wot?
I am going to show you a picture of a Rock Crystal and Diamond
Necklace. It’s pretty nice looking at first glance. Nothing
apparently special really. It’s made with alternating pave diamond
links and matching carved rock crystal links. It’s 18 karat white
gold. It’s 15 inches long. It’s valued at $55,000 plus. But here’s
the thing of it. Our jeweler died in 1972… that’s roughly 40 years
ago in case you don’t have a calculator on hand… and those carved
rock crystal links not only match perfectly to the diamond pav=e 18
karat white gold links… but they also seemingly match perfectly
with each other.
I digress to admit I am not a gemologist… I am not a lapidary…
and I am not a stone carver. But still I am inordinately impressed by
those perfectly matched carved rock crystals. How did he do that? By
hand? By machine? And could a machine dating minimally back to over 40
years ago do that kind of carving?
I looked as closely as I could at the pave setting to see if it was
Royal Pave but I dare not venture a guess. (Grin) However… as an
aside… I do believe the setter used a “Hochfuss” (not sure of
spelling)… an old world tool used for fine pave setting… these
days not available for purchase. To the best of my knowledge it has
to be hand- made. Or at least I have had to hand-make mine. Another
aside for those of you who may not have heard of this tool… not
having heard of it does not mean it does not exist.
As to our jeweler… well… he was born in 1881… son of an
immigrant in the lower east side of New York. He was a scant 23 years
old when he opened his first jewelry salon in Los Angeles. He was 40
years old when he relocated to New York’s Sixth Avenue. He was 48
years old when the market crashed and he had to close.
But faint heart never won fair jewelry salon… and he re- opened on
Madison Avenue when he was 53 years old… offering nothing but
unique and original designs. Life flies when you’re having fun…
does it not?
He made gem-set animal jewelry popular. His jewelry was characterized
by the prominent use of colored precious and semi-precious stones.
When he was 75 years old he relocated again… this time to Park
Avenue where his jewelry continues to be sold to an eclectic
clientele. He was 91 when he died. He was a jeweler deserving of the
So. Do you know who he is? Hmmm? Go ahead. Guess. And let me know.
And in return I’ll let you know by return email if you’re right.
For those of you who are new to this thing called Tidbits…may I
direct you to my home page at http://www.tyler-adam.com where you
will scroll down the left side menu till you get to the area that
says Current Tidbits… click it… and you will see represented on
our pages an image of diamond and rock crystal link necklace.
And there ya have it.
That’s it for this week folks.
Catch you all next week.