Oscar Heyman & Bros.
The famous American firm of Oscar Heyman & Bros. can trace its origins back to the Fabrege workshop in
In 1912 the remaining three Heyman brothers and three sisters left
The firm gained fame for its attention to detail and superb craftsmanship. A self-proclaimed jeweler’s jeweler, Oscar Heyman & Bros. produced pieces for Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, J.E. Caldwell, and Shreve, Crump & Low, as well as retailing its own pieces through the company’s storefront. Oscar Heyman & Bros. was reportedly the first American firm to master the invisible setting technique pioneered by Van Cleef & Arpels in 1936. The firm became known for its stunning floral pieces and won a gold medal for Best in Show at the New York World Fair of 1939 for a collection of orchid, pansy and gardenia brooches. In 1969 Oscar Heyman & Co. was asked by Cartier to design and produce a setting for the famous Taylor-Burton diamond. The firm’s designs reflected Oscar’s saying that “jewelry should never be a candidate for redesign but should transcend time like a fine painting, never losing its appeal.”
Today, the firm continues to be run by the third generation of Heyman’s who continue to create their own tools, over see every aspect of design and production, and various patents for manufacturing techniques.