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David Yurman: Master Jeweler and Craftsman

You already know David Yurman’s designs. You might not be aware of your knowledge, but David Yurman’s trademark twisted cable bracelet changed the face of jewelry and fashion. The bracelet’s simple elegance has become a hallmark of good taste and elegant sophistication.

David Yurman was born on October 12, 1942. He grew up in Long Island, New York and was selling sculptures in his school cafeteria by the time he reached high school. His first artistic love was sculpture; he developed this craft as an apprentice under Jacques Lipshitz and Theodore Rozack. He attended NYU, but his college career ended quickly when he dropped out after his first year and took up residence in an artist colony in Big Sur.

In the 70’s, David and his soon-to-be wife, Sybil Kleinrock, moved out of the city and founded Putnam Art Works. The creative freedom and experimentation would serve as the foundation for David Yurman, the brand.

The signature cable bracelet was first introduced in 1982. Crafted from sterling silver, you can almost see the weight of the bracelet; this is quality jewelry. The cable bracelet is made up of braided strands of silver with a jewel on the decorative ends. Once only available in silver, the bracelet is now available in other metals with a variety of jewels. There is no clasp, simply an opening where the wearer slides their wrist into the bracelet.

David Yurman’s offerings have grown to include luxury timepieces, men’s jewelry, even fragrance and eyewear. You will see a common thread throughout David Yurman jewelry; the cable design appears in many of the pieces including rings, necklaces and earrings. David Yurman creates designs considered to be timeless reflections of a relaxed American luxury, describing them as “art designed to be worn…and become the foundation of one’s wardrobe.”

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