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Sunday, 5 December 2010

OSCAR HEYMAN & Bros.

Photo by Sotheby's

The story of the six Latvian brothers known as the Jewellers Jeweller is fascinating. The two eldest, Nathan and Oscar emigrated to Russia when they were still teenagers to learn the trade from an uncle that had a workshop that crafted a lot of pieces for Faberge. In 1906 they moved to New York and soon became successful due to their mastering in platinum work. The rest of the brothers joined them gradually. They opened their own business which is still run today as a family owned company in Madison Avenue. They have always been independent but have worked for all the major houses (Cartier, Tiffany & Co, Van Cleef and Arpels...) for almost a century now.

This great ring comes up for sale at Sotheby's NY as part of the william B. Dietrich auction. The 4.25 carat burmese ruby alone justifies the estimate, yet the design is wonderfully original and the craftsmanship is impeccable.