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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.

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The Burle Marx brothers, Roberto and Haroldo, each excelled in creative fields. During the course of their collaboration, which stretched from the 1940s to the 1980s, Roberto Burle Marx acted as designer, while Haroldo was a gemologist who was celebrated for the unique cut of his stones and who pioneered the use of Brazilian gems carved like abstract, organic sculpture. Today, we believe that Burle Marx jewelry deserves rediscovery on a large scale.

The Burle Marx brothers approached jewelry design much like architect would, drafting drawings and making scale models for each of their creations. Inspired by Brazil’s landscapes, oceans, beaches, minerals and gemstones, they drew on the country’s natural beauty to create one-of-a-kind jewelry. Their pieces celebrate Brazil’s abundance of colored gemstones, such as aquamarine, tourmaline, topaz, garnet, quartz, citrine, amethyst, chalcedony, amazonite and emerald.

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The Burle Marx brothers were masters of a style called the forma livre (free-form) cut, which transformed Brazilian semi-precious gems into architectural elements of the jewelry. Burle Marx jewels are completely handmade with absolutely no pre-casting. Their jewelry captures a curvaceous movement that evokes the rhythmic energy of Brazil’s Samba dance. The forms are at once organic and architectural, characterized by a timelessness that reflects the era of Cleopatra while also complementing the fashions of today.

The Burle Marx brand has been such a part of the rich cultural Brazilian tradition that it was often commissioned by the Brazilian government to make jewelry pieces for visiting dignitaries, such as the Queen of England, the former Empress of Iran, Pope John Paul II, Princess Michiko Shoda of Japan, Indira Gandhi and many other important world political figures.

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Today, Burle Marx is run by Haroldo, and the jeweler’s influence can continue to be seen in Brazilian jewelry to this day. Haroldo Burle Marx has said: “I like to think that I’m a small link in pioneering jewelry concepts in finding new roads, although I deeply respect the old roads.”

To see our stunning selection of Burle Marx estate designs, 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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Quality never goes out of style — a fact exemplified by the classic brands we’ve carried at Eiseman Jewels for decades. These brands have been crafting high-quality timepieces and jewelry for decades, which is why they’re just as relevant and cutting-edge today as they are when they first opened for business.

Let’s take a look at a few of the timeless names that have been turning out superior pieces for years.

Audemars Piguet

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Established in 1875, Audemars Piguet is the oldest fine watchmaker never to have left the hands of its founding families. Every watch they create requires rare skills that Audemars is determined to pass down to the next generation of watchmakers. After 140 years of excellence, you know they’re doing something right.

Rolex

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In 1905, 24-year-old Hans Wilsorf began to dream of a watch worn on the wrist rather than in a pocket. He founded a company in London specializing in timepieces called Rolex, and the rest, as they say, is history. In addition to pioneering the wristwatch, Rolex boasts a string of landmark innovations in watchmaking, including the first waterproof wristwatch (the Oyster) and the perpetual rotor self-winding mechanism. For more than a century, Rolex watches have accompanied explorers around the world from the tops of the highest mountains to the deepest reaches of the ocean.

Seaman Schepps

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Seaman Schepps burst onto the scene in the 1930s with jewelry designs that challenged the status quo and defined a new style for the American woman. His jewelry embodied sophistication and originality and was featured on the covers of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and Look magazines. His client list included Coco Chanel, Elsa Schiaparelli, the Duchess of Windsor and members of the Du Pont, Mellon and Rockefeller families, which earned him the name “America’s Court Jeweler.”

Gucci

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Gucci was founded by Guccio Gucci in Florence, Italy in 1921. Today, the Gucci production team is often challenged to meet the innovative design requirements of the legendary fashion brand. The rich history of this design house shines through every exquisite piece they produce.

Estate Pieces

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One thing all our brands have in common is the timelessness of their works, which makes them prized estate pieces years later. For example, this stunning 18kt yellow gold and diamond David Webb pave ring. Jewelry from designers such as Cartier, Harry Winston, Van Cleef & Arples, Tiffany, Bulgari, Boucheron, David Webb and Seaman Schepps, and watches from Rolex, Audemars Piguet, Cartier, Jaeger LeCoultre, Breitling, IWC, Vacheron Constantin and Patek Phillipe round out our incredible estate selection.

Eiseman Jewels

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Eiseman Jewels itself has a history of reliable service and impeccable quality. We are one of the longest standing tenants in NorthPark Center. According to Richard Eiseman, Jr., there’s one thing that hasn’t changed over the years: our commitment to providing the very highest level of service, quality and expertise.

For an up-close look at Eiseman’s rich history, visit Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas.