December 8, 2022 11:00 EST

Boutique Jewels and Accessories

 
  Lot 237
 

237

A David Yurman Topaz Necklace

A sterling silver David Yurman braided chain necklace with a round-faceted blue topaz pendant surrounded by numerous round brilliant-cut diamonds. Diamonds are near colorless (G - J), with SI clarity. Total estimated weight of diamonds: 1.60 carats.

Length: 17in.; Weight: 26.4 Gross dwt.

Provenance

Private collection, Berwyn, Pennsylvania.

Sold for $945
Estimated at $1,200 - $1,500


 

A sterling silver David Yurman braided chain necklace with a round-faceted blue topaz pendant surrounded by numerous round brilliant-cut diamonds. Diamonds are near colorless (G - J), with SI clarity. Total estimated weight of diamonds: 1.60 carats.

Provenance

Private collection, Berwyn, Pennsylvania.

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David Yurman

David Yurman was raised in the Bronx borough of New York City. At the young age of 15, he met welder and sculptor Ernesto Gonzalez, who taught him how to weld. Throughout the 1960's, Yurman was part of the Beatnik and San Francisco Renaissance movements, and during this time he apprenticed with Jacques Lipchitz, a modernist sculptor.

He established his own studio in Greenwich Village of New York, where he worked on large-scale public works for sculptors including Theodore Roszak and Edward Meshekoff. In the late 1960's, he began working for Hans Van de Bovenkamp, and met Sybil Kleinrock, a painter who would go on to become his wife and business partner.

In the early 1970's, Yurman moved to upstate New York where he formed a company called Putnam Art Works with Kleinrock, where they specialized in sculptural jewelry. The two became known in the art world for their jewelry designs, sculptures, and paintings, and were key figures in the American craft movement. 

It was through this that Yurman became known for their artisanal jewelry, and the David Yurman jewelry brand was founded in 1980. David Yurman is notorious for their mixed metal designs, being the first noted jeweler to set diamonds in silver settings. Their inventive gemstone cuts, non-traditional metals, and innovative design has set David Yurman as a notable American jeweler.