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Oscar Heyman

Known as “the jewelers’ jeweler,” Oscar Heyman (1888–1970) designed pieces for Cartier, Tiffany & Co., Van Cleef & Arpels, Harry Winston and Black, Starr & Frost. The family-run Oscar Heyman & Brothers jewelry company was founded by Heyman with his brothers Nathan and Harry in 1912. Jewelers from Latvia, they had trained at their great-uncle’s workshop, which had clients including Russian imperial jeweler Fabergé, before immigrating to the United States in the early 1900s.

After arriving in New York, Oscar worked with Pierre Cartier and Nathan was a tool maker at Western Electric before they came together to open their jewelry business. Highly skilled craftsmen, the Heyman brothers quickly developed a roster of high-profile clients — primarily big-name jewelers — drawn to their work with dazzling stones and meticulous design. In 1917, Black, Starr & Frost commissioned the brothers to design an American flag brooch, which would become a recurring motif in the Oscar Heyman & Brothers portfolio. They also designed the Pansy brooch in the 1930s, another long-popular accessory that was produced exclusively for Tiffany & Co. toward the end of the 20th century. After Heyman designed for four of the five jewelers on view at the 1939 World’s Fair House of Jewels (Cartier, Udall & Ballou, Marcus & Co. and Black, Starr & Frost), the company was given the moniker “the jewelers’ jeweler.”

Heyman & Brothers later designed gem-encrusted medallions that traveled to the moon on Apollo 16, the necklace setting for the 69-carat diamond Richard Burton gave Elizabeth Taylor in 1969 and even a pair of ruby-encrusted Stuart Weitzman stilettos in 2003. Over the years, the company has entranced such clients as Evelyn Lauder, Marjorie Merriweather Post, Billy Porter and Tina Fey with its pieces.

In 2012, the century-old jeweler underwent a rebranding to simplify its name to Oscar Heyman and today is still run by the Heyman family, which manages the whole process from alloying their own metal to cutting and polishing their gemstones to assembling the final product in-house. In 2017, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston published a monograph authored by Yvonne J. Markowitz and Elizabeth Hamilton that details for a broader audience the history of Oscar Heyman, an unsung company that’s long been behind some of the biggest names in jewelry.

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$9,250
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Oscar Heyman 3.05 Carats Sapphire Diamond Platinum Flower Wreath Brooch
By Oscar Heyman
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Circular brooch comprised of floral clusters of sapphires and diamonds Round cut sapphires are well matched in strong royal blue color Weighing in total approximately 1.80 carats ...
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1950s Retro Vintage Oscar Heyman

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Diamond, White Diamond, Sapphire, Blue Sapphire, Platinum

Oscar Heyman Gold 2.76tcw Jade Stud Earrings
By Oscar Heyman
Located in New York City, NY
Oscar Heyman 18kt yellow gold four prong stud earrings with 2.72cts of gorgeous jade. It is stamped with the makers mark, 18K, and serial number 706762. Oscar Heyman was founded in ...
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2010s Contemporary Oscar Heyman

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Jade, Gold

Oscar Heyman Ruby and Diamond Ring in 18K Gold
By Oscar Heyman
Located in Houston, TX
Oscar Heyman ring composed of 18K yellow gold, rubies, and diamonds. The featured oval shaped ruby is 1.68 carats, and is accented by calibré cut rubies that total 2.41 carats. Add...
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1990s Oscar Heyman

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Diamond, Ruby, 18k Gold

Oscar Heyman Retro Multi-Color Sapphire Gold Earrings
By Oscar Heyman
Located in Chicago, IL
Circa 1940 Oscar Heyman 18K Yellow Gold and Platinum Earrings, set with Natural Fancy Color Kite Shape Sapphires, Blue, Yellow and Pink, each weighing approximately 1 Carat, further...
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1940s Retro Vintage Oscar Heyman

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Diamond, Sapphire, 18k Gold, Platinum

Oscar Heyman 6.60cts Heart Sapphire Diamond Platinum Ring
By Oscar Heyman
Located in Miami, FL
Reminiscent of the famous Heart of the Ocean piece in the Titanic. Carefully crafted in solid Platinum, Featuring Vibrant GIA certified Natural Curundom Blue Sri Lankan Sapphire He...
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1980s American Retro Vintage Oscar Heyman

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Diamond, Sapphire, Platinum

Oscar Heyman Yellow Sapphire and Diamond Ring
By Oscar Heyman
Located in New York, NY
Oscar Heyman Yellow Sapphire, Colored Stone and Diamond Ring in 18k white gold. Center of the ring set with GIA certified emerald-cut yellow sapphire with total weight of 22.53ct. GI...
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21st Century and Contemporary Artist Oscar Heyman

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Diamond, Emerald, Ruby, Blue Sapphire, Yellow Sapphire, Green Sapphire, ...

Oscar Heyman 18 Karat Gold Calibré Sapphire and Diamond Clip Earrings
By Oscar Heyman
Located in New York City, NY
Oscar Heyman 18k yellow gold earrings contain 4 Round Diamonds 0.09cts, 20 Baguette Diamonds 1.01cts, and 16 Square Sapphires 2.00cts. It is stamped with the makers mark, 18K, and se...
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2010s Contemporary Oscar Heyman

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Diamond, Sapphire, 18k Gold

Oscar Heyman Platinum GIA Certified 2.52ct Trilliant Diamond 'Ballerina' Ring
By Oscar Heyman
Located in New York City, NY
Oscar Heyman platinum 'Ballerina Ring' contains a 2.52ct GIA certified trilliant diamond (F/ SI2) and 25 tapered baguette diamonds weighing 3.70cts (F-G/ VS+). It is has an elegant s...
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2010s Contemporary Oscar Heyman

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Diamond, Platinum

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