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Circa 1980s designed necklace from Oscar Heyman, retailed by Robe-Rose Jewelry

Oscar Heyman Is the Subject of a New Book by Boston’s MFA

Heyman & Brothers is one of the most historically significant American jewelry firms whosework and influence is the subject of a new book published by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA).

Oscar Heyman Is the Subject of a New Book by Boston’s MFA

Oscar Heyman: The Jewelers’ Jeweler—which will be available for purchase April 1 at the MFA, in retail bookstores, and online—is the first illustrated history of the seminal jewelry brand, which launched in 1912 and made exquisite jewelry under its own shingle as well as for high-profile clients, including Cartier; Tiffany & Co.; Harry Winston; Van Cleef & Arpels; Shreve, Crump & Low; and Black, Starr & Frost.

Tjere are some detailed photographs (with commentary) of vintage and contemporary pieces, as well as beautiful design drawings from the Oscar Heyman Archive. It also traces the story of the company, including major milestones such as the firm’s participation in two New York World’s Fairs. 

Circa 1980s designed necklace from Oscar Heyman, retailed by Robe-Rose Jewelry

Circa 1980s designed necklace from Oscar Heyman, retailed by Robe-Rose Jewelry

Nearly 70 pieces of jewelry are highlighted, including a 1929 platinum, diamond, and emerald brooch worn by the heiress and art collector Marjorie Merriweather Post; and a platinum and diamond pendant featuring flanking cornucopias and a large round diamond, retailed in the 1920s by Raymond Yard and now in the Neil Lane Collection.

Pendant, circa 1929, from Oscar Heyman, retailed by Raymond Yard and now in the Neil Lane Collection

Pendant, circa 1929, from Oscar Heyman, retailed by Raymond Yard and now in the Neil Lane Collection

The book, which was written by Yvonne J. Markowitz, a curator emerita of jewelry at the MFA, and writer-researcher Elizabeth Hamilton, also includes 15 design drawings from the firm’s archives, including designs for patriotic World War II ornaments (featuring the American eagle) and a bold diamond and emerald necklace made in 1956 and gifted decades later to Elizabeth Taylor by singer Michael Jackson.

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Fashion Designer Jewelry • February 24, 2017


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