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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. 

Henry Dunay

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.

Henry Dunay

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.

Henry Dunay

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.

Henry Dunay

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.

Henry Dunay

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

burle marx

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.

Burle Marx

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.

burle marx

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.