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Henry Dunay

Our Eiseman Estate Collection is a treasure trove of vintage jewelry by legendary designers who exemplify craftsmanship, quality and timeless style. One of these designers is Henry Dunay, a goldsmith and jeweler whose finely honed techniques and unique sensibility have made his pieces iconic to the generations of women who have worn and loved them. 

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The influential jewelry designer Henry Dunay began his swift rise to success at just 14 years old, when he began serving as a jewelry apprentice for a master goldsmith in New York. He quickly developed his own talent and passion, working his way up the ranks to become a master model maker and setter in his own right. In 1956, at the remarkably young age of 21, Dunay started his own company and began designing and selling his own jewelry. He built a team of the world’s finest artisans and stone cutters to implement his designs.

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Dunay’s breakthrough came in 1967, when he won the first of three De Beers Diamonds International Awards for a carved gold, sapphire and diamond ring. The international recognition he gained from this exposure lead to a slew of commissions — including one for a gold chastity belt. He went on to win more than 50 international awards for his designs, including being chosen two times as “The Best of The Best Designer in the World” by The Robb Report Magazine.

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Dunay’s works included the Faceted Collection, which consisted of gold pieces with many surfaces, achieved by creating deep cuts into the metal. His Cynnabar Collection was a tribute to Eastern Art. And he released a collection featuring semi-precious gemstones of various colors called Color-Me-Henry. But Dunay is perhaps most famous for his Sabi finish. Inspired by the Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi, which emphasizes simple elegance, Dunay’s Sabi motif consisted of finely hand-etched lines in brushed gold that required remarkable precision and skill to create.

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Over the course of his five decades as a designer and business owner, Dunay has always maintained a focus on beauty, craftsmanship and stone quality. He has said that in creating each one of his stunning one-of-a-kind-designs, he first found the perfect stone and then built the piece around it. Today, Henry Dunay is known for his bold designs, sensuous curves and signature finishes, and has secured his position in history as a designer, artist and innovator the world of fine jewelry.

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To see our selection of striking Henry Dunay estate designs, visit Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas.

Joys of Jade

A symbol of all that is good and precious in some cultures, jade is different than other types of valuable gems or precious metals. It is a metamorphic rock made up of tiny interlocking mineral crystals. The term “jade” actually refers to two separate gems: nephrite and jadeite. Modern gemologists use jade to describe both.

Jadeite comes in a wide range of beautiful colors: shades of green, yellow and reddish orange in addition to white, gray, black, brown and lavender. Nephrite’s colors range from translucent to opaque and can be light to dark green, yellow, brown, black, gray or white.

Ounce for ounce, jade is more valuable than gold — and that’s before you take into account the value of the piece’s antiquity. Jade is always appreciating in value.

Joys of Jade

Jade in Chinese Culture

“Gold has a price; jade is priceless.” —Chinese proverb

Nephrite was the first jade discovered in China, and it has been a symbol of status, spirituality, health and purity in Chinese culture for 9,000 years. Today, Chinese nephrite deposits are all but depleted, so most jade traded in modern China is jadeite. In a nod to tradition, however, every winning athlete’s medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics was embedded with a piece of pure nephrite jade.

Why We Love Jade

The way it interacts with light: Jadeite’s structure scatters light. If properly cut, a white piece with a small green spot will make the gem appear completely green if lit from behind.

The way it differs from other gems: Due to the way jade interacts with light, it is rarely faceted. Even semi-transparent jade is usually fashioned into cabochons, beads or other styles. It’s soft enough to carve yet durable, so the stone can be cut in unusual ways. Add this to the fact that rough jade can be quite large, and the result is often unique designs you won’t find in other jewels.

The way it rings: Nephrite rings like a bell when struck. Artisans have created chimes, xylophones and gongs from melodically resonant jade.

Joys of Jade

The Three Cs (and Two Ts) of Jade

  • Color: For both jadeite and nephrite, green is the most valued color. The finest jadeite — almost transparent with a vibrant emerald-green color — is known as “imperial jade.”
  • Cut: While jade is rarely faceted like other gems, plain as well as intricate jade carvings are judged by their artistry.
  • Carat weight: Jadeite is generally sold by the piece rather than by weight. For top-quality imperial jadeite, slight size differences can make for large value differences.
  • Transparency: Jadeite’s transparency ranges from completely opaque to semi-transparent. The best jadeite is semi-transparent.
  • Texture: Jadeite has a smooth, even texture that makes people want to touch and hold the gem.

To see our collection of extraordinary jade pieces, visit Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas.

 

David Webb

Known as “America’s Quintessential Jeweler,” David Webb was a creative visionary whose bold, beautiful statement pieces have been highly sought-after by everyone from socialites to movie stars. Long after his passing, Webb’s legacy continues to make an impact on the jewelry and fashion worlds.

When Webb was just nine years old, he was introduced to metalwork and quickly developed a passion for jewelry-making. He eventually apprenticed at his uncle’s factory, and at 17, he moved from South Carolina to New York City to pursue his craft full-time. At 23, he opened the doors to his flagship store on Manhattan’s Madison Avenue. It would go on to become one of the greatest luxury jewelry houses in America. Just two years later, his jewelry was featured on the cover of Vogue Magazine. And the rest, as they say, is history.

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Best known for his animal designs, Webb’s jewelry was recognizable for its decorative, bold use of color and impeccable attention to detail. His design influences ranged from his boyhood memories of the South to his explorations of faraway places and ancient cultures. He excelled in his use of yellow gold, diamonds and semi-precious stones to bring the creations of his imagination to life.

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Webb’s iconic jewelry has been worn by everyone from Hollywood A-listers to American royalty since the brand was founded in the late 1940s. Some of his clients included Ava Gardner, Grace Kelly, Estée Lauder, Lana Turner, Jackie Kennedy and even generations of Vanderbilts and Rockefellers. Elizabeth Taylor featured four pages of David Webb jewelry in the photo book of her famous collection, “My Love Affair with Jewelry.” And Diana Vreeland, the legendary editor of Harper’s Bazaar, was rarely seen without her favorite David Webb zebra bangle.

More recently, you’ll spot stars like Jennifer Lawrence, Eva Mendez, Jennifer Garner and Cameron Diaz wearing Webb’s jewelry to Hollywood parties, award shows and galas.

David Webb Estate at Eiseman Jewels

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David Webb left behind an incredibly rich and diverse archive of bold, beautiful and intricate jewelry that continues to be treasured by new generations of jewelry enthusiasts. At Eiseman Jewels, we have a stunning collection of vintage David Webb pieces in stock in our Estate Collection. Our current pieces include an eye-catching 18-karat yellow gold, emerald and diamond Tuscan-style cocktail ring, as well as an intricate 18-karat yellow gold grasshopper brooch made with emeralds, diamonds and enamel.

While our customers were once required to visit us at our location in NorthPark Center in Dallas to browse our collection of estate jewelry, we’re happy to announce that you can now conveniently view our Estate Collection online.

Or, if you prefer to view our unique selection of David Webb estate designs — or any other pieces in our Estate Collection — in person, visit Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas.

 

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David Webb was one of the most talented and influential jewelry designers of the 20th century. A handsome, charming Southern gentleman, Webb arrived in New York City from Asheville, North Carolina at just seventeen and picked up a job repairing jewelry in Greenwich Village.

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The self-taught jeweler went on to work for several large design houses, such as Tiffany & Co. and Harry Winston. In 1948, Webb opened his flagship store on the cosmopolitan Madison Avenue, which would go on to become one of America’s greatest luxury jewelry houses.

Webb approached jewelry as an art, not as a mere product to be bought and sold. His design inspiration came from many sources, including nature and the animal kingdom, and he employed enamel and colored stones to bring the creations of his imagination to life. In addition to his brilliant design sensibilities, Webb was also a master artisan who spent hours sitting with his jewelry craftsmen to make sure every detail of his pieces were perfect.

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David Webb’s jewelry is iconic and has been adored by socialites and movie stars since the brand was founded. Ava Gardner and Lana Turner proudly wore David Webb jewelry both in movies and in real life. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Grace Kelly and Estée Lauder were also dedicated fans. Elizabeth Taylor featured four pages of David Webb jewelry in the photo book of her famous collection, “My Love Affair with Jewelry.” And Diana Vreeland, the legendary editor of Harper’s Bazaar, was rarely seen without her favorite David Webb zebra bangle.

Although he tragically died of pancreatic cancer at the young age of 50 in 1975, David Webb left behind a rich legacy of design expertise and a diverse catalog of bold, highly detailed jewelry that continues to be treasured by collectors and fashionistas. To this day, his vision and legacy are carefully commemorated in his original Manhattan atelier. While many of David Webb’s competitors outsource their production overseas, at David Webb, every aspect of production takes place under one roof. In fact, the workshop located above the Madison Avenue flagship store is the last of its kind in New York City.

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Original David Webb jewelry still remains highly collectible, but to associate David Webb exclusively with the past would be a mistake. It is currently enjoying a revival among young tastemakers and recently won Gold Design of the Year at The Town & Country 2018 Jewelry Awards.

Peruse our stunning selection of David Webb estate designs at Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas.

 

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Eiseman Jewels is the ultimate destination for jewelry connoisseurs. We are home to some of the world’s most remarkable pieces of estate and heirloom jewelry — jewelry that comes with a sense of deep history and unique character that sets it apart from other pieces. It is often one-of-a-kind and always timeless.

Here are just a few of the legendary jewelry designers and artisans whose creations you can expect to see in the Eiseman Estate Collection.

Henry Dunay

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Henry Dunay began his career when he started working as a jewelry apprentice in New York City at the age of 14. He worked his way up the ranks to become a master model maker and setter. In 1956, at the age of just 21, he started his own firm and quickly found fame after winning the De Beers Diamond International Award. Known for his bold designs, sensuous curves and signature finishes, Henry Dunay has solidified his position as a leading jewelry designer, artist and trendsetter in the world of fine jewelry.

Jean Mahie

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Father and daughter-in-law design team Jean and Jacline Mazard were among the first artists to create their own work with their own brand name, Jean Mahie, and have it displayed at leading jewelry stores such as Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels. From the moment they started their company in 1970, Jacline insisted that everything she made should be one-of-a-kind. With design studios in New York and the Bahamas, the company became known for its free-form, primitive designs with hammered finishes and melted metal designs. Pieces such as the ones pictured are becoming increasingly rare, as Jacline is no longer designing.

David Webb

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David Webb was a self-taught jewelry designer who, in his early years, worked for several large design houses such as Tiffany and Harry Winston. He went on to found David Webb, the luxury American jewelry house, in 1948 in New York City. Bold, attention-grabbing designs and vibrant gems in 18-karat yellow gold characterize the David Webb collection.

Julius Cohen

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Julius Cohen began his jewelry career in 1929, at the age of 16. In 1956, he established Julius Cohen Jeweler, Inc., with the belief that creating a special relationship with each customer on a personal basis was the only way to do business. The company is among America’s most celebrated and award-winning jewelry design firms of the 20th century. Julius Cohen’s unique, dedicated marketing style of visiting and servicing customers in their own homes or offices or the company’s Madison Avenue studio in New York remains the cornerstone of the business to this day.

Buccellati

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Mario Buccellati opened the doors of his first jewelry boutique on Largo Santa Margherita in Milan in 1919. Today, almost 100 years later, a timeless design aesthetic and refined craftsmanship remain at the heart of the Buccellati business. The house’s distinguished Milanese heritage — along with an unyielding desire to create objects of rare beauty — has established its distinct, inimitable style.

Every piece of pre-owned jewelry at Eiseman Jewels has undergone a thorough inspection, lovingly restored to like-new conditions, and comes with a warranty guaranteeing its quality. Peruse our stunning selection of estate designs at Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas.

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Personal service is the cornerstone on which Eiseman Jewels is built. Ask anyone who’s stepped inside our store, and they’ll tell you that it’s our level of service and commitment to quality that sets Eiseman Jewels apart.

Richard Eiseman, Jr. knows that firsthand. “Our sales staff is committed to building relationships, not making sales,” he says. “Our business is built on return buyers. They remember the experience they had in our store and come back because they’re comfortable.”

Eiseman offers an array of services — not to mention expertise — to support our extensive collection of designer and estate jewelry, diamonds, precious gems, pearls and fine Swiss timepieces.

Unparalleled Service

We are the Southwest’s most experienced estate jewelry and timepiece buyers with a combined 100+ years of experience, making Eiseman the ideal place to trade in, sell or buy estate timepieces, jewelry and diamonds. Each in-store gemologist receives extensive training in all the brands we carry. We service every watch and piece of jewelry we sell, as well as those we don’t. We also service Montegrappa Pens.

Timepieces 

If you’re in the market for a new a timepiece, consider this: Eiseman Jewels is an authorized agent for 11 Swiss timepiece manufacturers. Our in-house timepiece directors and sales team have been trained in the Swiss factories of these manufacturers, and by their regional experts. We require that each timepiece be accompanied by a manufacturer warranty, be properly registered and, when eligible, have an extended warranty not available through non-authorized resellers.

When you choose Eiseman, your timepiece purchase is no-risk. New, unused, non-special order timepieces from our stock can be returned within seven days, provided that all packaging is present and the watch is not worn or altered. We also offer an extensive collection of certified pre-owned watches with Eiseman warranties.

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Amenities

Complimentary amenities for Eiseman customers include:

  • Lifetime appraisals for your new jewelry and timepieces, with the appropriate gemological certificate or manufacturer’s certificate of authenticity
  • Insurance appraisal with purchase
  • Watch fitting at purchase and link resizing for the lifetime of your watch
  • Personalization or engraving at purchase
  • In-store jewelry steam cleaning and exterior watch cleaning
  • Eiseman’s renowned jewelry cleaner for in-home care
  • Estimates for jewelry and watch repair
  • Eiseman’s signature gift box and gift wrap
  • Ring sizing and jewelry fitting at time of purchase
  • Valet parking

To offer an enjoyable, friendly and informative shopping experience and an extensive curated collection of the finest jewels and timepieces, coupled with excellent service and unparalleled value — that is the Eiseman family promise.

To experience everything we have to offer firsthand, visit Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas.

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Adding new jewelry to your favorite fall looks is an easy, elegant way to update your wardrobe for the season. Here are the trends we’re most excited about this fall.

PEARL DESIGNS

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The recent resurgence of pearls has gone a long way toward shedding this jewelry staple’s prim and proper reputation. There are a ton of artful designs—from edgy earrings to funky statement rings—that go beyond the standard necklace.

SPARKLY BROOCHES

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Brooches have come a long way since our grandmothers wore them. Today, they’re no longer even relegated to lapels—creative placement of these decorative pins is encouraged. Fasten your scarf or pin your cardigan together with one.

A TINGE OF FRINGE

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Our fascination with fringe continues to right into fall, where it lends effortless flair to earrings, necklaces and bracelets. Make room in your jewelry box for tassels, fringed cuffs and tribal pieces.

ESTATE EARRINGS

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When you’re going for a soft, romantic look, nothing beats the beautiful gemstones and antique styles of vintage jewelry. Ornate, old-world pieces have modern appeal this season.

CHOKER NECKLACES

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Spotting them on the fall runways was all the proof we needed to know chokers were back in a big way. From thick statement-making ones to thin dainty ones, chokers complement a variety of looks. And with such a stand-out piece, it should be the only jewelry you wear.

FLORAL EARRINGS AND NECKLACES

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Florals, from diamond-encrusted leaves to metal petals, are romanticizing fall looks everywhere. Rings, necklaces and earrings have all found inspiration from the light, feminine appeal of flowers.

CHUNKY PENDANTS

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The 70s are back—and they brought their chunky pendant necklaces with them. High-impact, sculptural jewelry adds a pop to an already-groovy outfit. Try one over a solid-color top for the most bang for your bauble.

 

 



The hardest part of planning your wedding hairstyle can be picking just one: up or down, straight or curly, parted on the left or right? Luckily, Eiseman Jewels has seen their fair share of glamorous brides, and can offer a few tips to get your locks exactly the way you envision them.

Short Hair. You may not have much to work with, but the possibilities for short-haired brides are still endless. You can create the illusion of an up-do by combing your hair straight back and adding volume to the top. Soft waves add a touch of mid-century elegance, while a pair of dramatic chandelier earrings can perfectly pull off a teased bob or classic pixie.

Medium Hair. It’s hard to go wrong with a chignon. Whether it’s tightly twisted and pulled to the side, or riddled with wild strands and messy curls, this French-inspired style remains one of the most popular for modern brides. By pairing your bun with some beautiful drop earrings or a delicate flower, an accented chignon can be made just as unique as your wedding.

Long Hair. If you’ve made it through the stresses of wedding planning without pulling your hair out, it’s time to show it off. You can do anything you want with long hair, but loose, romantic curls, simple side braids and half-up styles seem to work best. Low ponytails pulled to the side and adorned with accent pieces or a delicate necklace are also a popular choice for brides who want to show off their long hair without the fuss.

Up-do. With such a wide variety of up-do possibilities, choose one that best fits your dress. Voluminous dresses call for voluminous hair, but too much volume can be overkill. If your dress already has a lot of texture, don’t add to it with a complex hairstyle. Dramatic accessories like a cathedral-length veil or bejeweled headband look best when paired with softer, simpler styles.

If you’re looking for a particular type of jewelry to complement your hair, feel free to stop by Eiseman Jewels to speak with one of our specialists. Remember: the perfect style is worth the bobby pins and hairspray!



No matter how dazzling the diamond or how glistening the gold, Eiseman Jewels knows that it’s impossible to put a monetary value on a sentimental piece. But we also know that not all of your sentimental pieces fit your personal style. That’s why we take great pride in repurposing and redesigning unique estate jewelry and stones, and want to help you turn your outdated, yet meaningful baubles into a modern-day work of art.

Here are a few things to know about Eiseman Jewels’ estate jewelry services when considering buying or updating your jewelry:

A girl’s best friend. Eiseman Jewels not only sells new, certified diamonds, but also purchases antique diamonds to be repurposed and used in contemporary pieces. For example, antique cushion diamonds are out of style, but we’re able to take an antique cut and modernize it to make it timely.

Say yes.  While repurposing a family stone for a new engagement ring is a popular way to propose, we understand that some buyers can be superstitious and hesitant to use a ring or stone that belonged to someone else. However, Eiseman jewelers are experts at creating brand new, unique pieces. Additionally, if the groom chooses to maintain the style of the vintage ring, we can update and/or enhance it without losing the sentimental value behind the original piece.

The time is now. Diamonds aren’t the only materials of value Eiseman can repurpose. Swiss watches, pocket watches and just about any heirloomed timepiece can be updated to match modern times. Bring your watch by the store and one of our specialists will be able to go over your options in more detail.

Trading spaces. Depending on the piece, Eiseman Jewels does consider trade-ins. But when dealing with estate jewelry its best to be aware of how the changing price of gold and silver can play a factor in the piece’s monetary worth.

Ready to repurpose? Getting started is easy. Call to make an appointment or stop by Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center and one of our specialists will be more than happy to assist you!



b7d9fea713c877c12876fac07d53b2ecAs you prepare for your wedding, there are thousands of little details you have to consider.

If you’ve already planned for something new and borrowed, choose something with a little sparkle for your ‘something blue.’ Eiseman Jewels has plenty of baubles in blue to fit whatever style the bride fancies.

Eiseman Collection. The Eiseman Jewels Collection features specialty pieces not typically found in nationally branded jewelry lines. Putting style and quality above all else, this collection offers uniquely crafted sapphire and diamond earrings which will no doubt highlight the beauty of a bride on her big day.

Picchiotti. As one of Italy’s premier jewelers, Picchiotti’s designs reflect a timeless and traditional sense of European sophistication and style. Its dazzling diamond and sapphire pendant features the designer’s characteristically classic lines and adds elegant embellishment to the top of any bridal gown.

Yvel. Often referred to as “wearable art,” Yvel’s Rainbow Collection is unique to Eiseman. Designed with nature in mind, the collection preserves the natural look of colored gemstones and combines it with gold and diamonds to create rings, necklaces, earrings and bracelets any bride would be proud to wear on her walk down the aisle.

Seaman Schepps. Seaman Schepps is synonymous with vibrant, original design and brilliant craftsmanship. From American First Ladies to Hollywood screen sirens, his jewelry has won over some of the world’s most important, and beautiful, women. And on your wedding day, you deserve to look just as wonderful. The pearl and diamond “swirl” earring with blue stone embellishments are a subtle yet stupendous way to bring blue into your bridal look.

Gumuchian. Plan your “something blue” as early as the proposal. Slightly reminiscent of Princess Di’s classic engagement ring, the Gumuchian sapphire and diamond ring will make any bride feel like royalty. Designed for women by women, the Gumuchian collection offers superior craftsmanship and spectacular design.

Vintage/Estate Jewelry. Getting something new and blue can certainly be efficient, but Eiseman Jewels is also able to help those brides looking for something old, too. With our vast collection of vintage and estate jewelry and our ability to re-design family heirlooms, the perfect piece may already be in your possession.

To see more ways to incorporate blue hues on your big day, visit the Eiseman Jewels “Something Blue” Pinterest board.