Coming off a momentous 100th anniversary in 2012, Oscar Heyman & Brothers continues its reign as “the jeweler’s jeweler,®” producing artful masterpieces from start to finish, all under one roof on Madison Avenue. It is one of the most important such jewelry companies in the world today.
Known for exquisite colored gemstones, unparalleled craftsmanship and classic designs that are wearable through the decades, Oscar Heyman is satisfied to offer only the finest. Iconic pieces such as their diamond gardenia brooch, lily-of-the-valley brooch and pansy pins are highly sought-after by collectors and have become the signatures of this storied house. For those seeking the very best, Oscar Heyman is the ultimate destination.
When Oscar and Nathan Heyman came to America in 1906, they were already accomplished jewelers at the ages of 18 and 21, having apprenticed in Russia under their uncle, who produced pieces for the Faberge’ workshops.
Although they spoke not a word of English upon their arrival, within six years they founded their namesake company, eventually working with four more brothers and two sisters. It was then and is today vertically integrated – Oscar Heyman employs its own stone sorters and setters, stone buyers, engravers, polishers, renderers to accurately sketch the artistic designer’s thoughts, goldsmiths, platinumsmiths . . . the only thing the firm doesn’t do is cut diamonds. This allows for complete quality control, which is imperative to the company’s ongoing success.
For most of its history, Oscar Heyman was a faceless name behind jewelry sold by the world’s very best jewelers. Most famously, Cartier commissioned the company to create the Taylor-Burton diamond necklace, featuring the pear-cut diamond weighing 69.42 carats. Oscar Heyman’s extensive archives are a treasure trove of information that reflects all of the popular jewelry styles worn throughout the 20th century, many of which were launched through the company’s technological innovations.
Today Oscar Heyman sells jewelry under its own brand name, which has finally emerged from its illustrious background. The company is run by a third generation of Heymans and looks to a future even more spectacular than its past.