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Kurt Wayne Jewelry

Austrian, American

Kurt Wayne brought an optimistic and playful style to the art of making jewelry. Celebrated by those in the know for his alluring, offbeat creations that feature south sea pearls, emeralds and more, Wayne strayed from conventional jewelry design of the time, making such bold decisions as setting a square-cut diamond in the center of a polished orb of black onyx. The Austrian-born designer produced lively pendants, rings and brooches made to resemble frogs, canaries and owls, and with radiant starbursts and clustered stones, Wayne's style was meant to bedazzle as much as it was to stoke the imagination.

Not much is known about the life of Kurt Wayne. He is believed to have been born in 1909, in Vienna, and was reportedly fostered by a jeweler at the age of ten. Under the jeweler's tutelage, Wayne learned about watchmaking and how to work with gold, silver and precious stones.

At the time, the whiplash lines, vibrant materials and dramatic imagery that had characterized the Art Nouveau style — cemented in Viennese culture by artists such as those in the Wiener Werkstätte collective and others working in the Jugendstil style in Germany and Austria — had given way to Art Deco’s geometric diamond brooches and long pearl necklaces.

In 1937, Wayne emigrated to the United States and settled in New York City. He is said to have established his own business in 1945 and found great success in making jewelry. Throughout his career, he developed close ties to the Zale family of Zale jewelers and with Stanley Marcus of Neiman Marcus.

Wayne created imaginative modernist cocktail rings and other accessories during the 1970s and 1980s that are still widely collected today.  

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Creator: Kurt Wayne
Dealer: J. Birnbach
Kurt Wayne Starburst Diamond Pendant in 14K Yellow Gold
By Kurt Wayne
Located in New York, NY
This charming and unique piece by Kurt Wayne features a 0.10ct round diamond and nine straight baguettes that form a graceful asymmetrical starburst design. The setting and chain are...
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2010s American Kurt Wayne Jewelry

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Diamond, Yellow Gold

Kurt Wayne Oval Emerald Pendant with Diamond Halo in 18K Yellow Gold
By Kurt Wayne
Located in New York, NY
This beautiful pendant by Kurt Wayne features a rich green 0.56 carat oval shaped emerald. The center gemstone is framed by 0.35 carats of round diamonds. The decadent green is the p...
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2010s American Kurt Wayne Jewelry

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Kurt Wayne 1.87 ct Round Diamond Compass Set Eternity Band in 18K Yellow Gold
By Kurt Wayne
Located in New York, NY
This elegant eternity band by Kurt Wayne is a stunning complement to any engagement ring or is beautiful worn on its own. The band contains 23 2.7mm round diamonds, G/H color and VS...
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20th Century American Kurt Wayne Jewelry

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Diamond, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Kurt Wayne Platinum and Diamond Earrings
By Kurt Wayne
Located in New York, NY
Charming Earrings crafted in Platinum and featuring Round Brilliant Diamonds for a total weight of 0.75 Carat. Those earrings have an Omega Post. Type: Earrings Creator : Kurt Way...
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20th Century American Modern Kurt Wayne Jewelry

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Sapphire and Diamond Yellow Gold Ring
By Kurt Wayne
Located in New York, NY
This 18 karat yellow gold ring features a 0.15 carat round brilliant diamond. The center stone is delicately highlighted by two sapphires with a deep blue color for a total weight of...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Kurt Wayne Jewelry

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Sapphire and Diamond Yellow Gold Ring
By Kurt Wayne
Located in New York, NY
This 18 karat yellow gold ring features a 0.70-carat brilliant cut diamond as the center stone, accentuated by four marquise cut sapphires for a total weight of 1.07 carat and two ba...
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20th Century American Contemporary Kurt Wayne Jewelry

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Kurt Wayne 3.35 ct Cabochon Oval Rubellite 18 Karat White Gold Half Bezel Ring
By Kurt Wayne
Located in New York, NY
This bold and architectural ring is a one of a kind piece-every aspect of this ring is unique! It features a 3.35 carat cabochon oval rubellite of a saturated, intense, purplish-pink...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Kurt Wayne Jewelry

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Kurt Wayne Men's Diamond Gold Dress Set
By Kurt Wayne
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This 18kt yellow gold men's dress set is part of the Kurt Wayne collection. The set consists of four highly polished circle studs with 1.47ctw of pave set round brilliant diamonds. P...
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Kurt Wayne Pearl Ruby Diamond Gold Mouse Pin
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Kurt Wayne Emerald Diamond Platinum Frog Brooch
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Kurt Wayne jewelry & watches for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a range of Kurt Wayne jewelry & watches available on 1stDibs. Each of these unique items was designed with extraordinary care, often using gold. While looking for the most stylish antique or vintage Kurt Wayne jewelry to pair with your ensemble, you’ll find that Kurt Wayne diamond jewelry & watches, from our inventory of 36, can add a particularly distinctive touch to your look. We have 42 pieces in this collection as well as a number of other designs by this jeweler. While this collection reflects work that originated over various time periods, most of these items were designed during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider jewelry & watches by Hidalgo, Hearts On Fire, and Aletto Brothers. Prices for Kurt Wayne jewelry & watches can differ depending upon gemstone, time period and other attributes. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $1,170 and tops out at $49,999, while pieces like these, on average, can sell for $5,447.

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