David Yurman

Tuesday, July 12, 2011
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David Yurman founded the internationally recognized David Yurman jewelry company in 1979. Notable advertising campaigns have included a bevy of super models including Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell and Amber Valletta.

David’s wife Sybil—whom Yurman had met and fallen in love with when they were working for the same artist—is a painter and president of David Yurman Inc., and helped create this jewelry empire that rakes in an estimated $450 million in annual sales.

Yurman’s spent his early adult years in bohemian settings surrounded by some of the most prominent Beat artists of the ’60s. Having discovered metal sculpting through his craftsman father and admittedly uninterested in “organized education”, Yurman found himself amidst writers and artists in Provincetown, Mass. (along with his sister and her sculptor boyfriend).

Yurman’s craft was influenced by Jacques Lipchitz (the renowned sculptor and colleague of Picasso and Modigliani) under whom Yurman apprenticed. He spent time creating protest art before returning to his romantic sculptures. One day, Sybil asked him to turn one of the angels into a belt, and that was the beginning of their jewelry.

Yurman’s signature jewelery line is comprised of “cable” jewelry, made from twisted, sterling silver ropes, but his namesake also works with pearls, diamonds, rubies, you name it.


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