David Yurman is born in October in Manhattan. Sybil Yurman (née Kleinrock) is born in December in the Bronx. Only two months and a few miles apart, their lives would one day become intertwined through love, art, and design.
At the age of 11, David discovers a book in the local library depicting prehistoric cave paintings. He discovers the beauty of line and his love of art is ignited.
David spends the summer before 11th grade in Provincetown, Massachusetts, a destination for bohemians and artists. There, he learns sandal making from Roger Rilleau and direct welding—the process of creating 3-dimensional forms from molten metal rods—from sculptor Ernesto Gonzales.
David hitchhikes to Big Sur, California, and immerses himself in the artistic renaissance of the beatnik generation. When he returns to New York, he moves to Greenwich Village, where he becomes an apprentice to renowned sculptor Jacques Lipchitz and eventually establishes his own sculpture studio on Sullivan Street.
David meets Sybil while working for sculptor Hans Van de Bovenkamp in New York City. She would become his co-creator, his partner in business and life.
David apprentices with Theodore Roszak, a leading figure of the Post-World War II New York school of modern sculpture.
In September, David and Sybil Yurman get married at Temple Emanu-El in New York. Afterward, they meet some friends for lunch, then head straight to a business meeting, planning to sell their company. Sybil still has bridal flowers in her hair when they arrive. The sale is supposed to be Sybil's wedding present, but the offer is too low; the prospective buyer says he doesn't believe the business is going to be very successful. The Yurmans walk away from the deal.
David Yurman, the brand and company, is created, and later that year receives the Jury Award from the World Gold Council for the Starlight necklace, a precursor to the iconic Cable design.
David is awarded Designer of the Year by the Cultured Pearl Associations of America and Japan.
Evan Yurman is born in January. From a very young age, he shows an aptitude and love for design.
David Yurman introduces the first Cable bracelet. The Cable motif soon becomes the connecting element in every DY collection.
After just seven years in existence, David Yurman debuts in Basel, Switzerland at the World Watch and Jewelry Show—the world's largest event of its kind.
With the introduction of Silver Ice®, David Yurman is the first major designer to set diamonds in sterling silver, revolutionizing the world of fine jewelry.
The first major ad campaign is released, featuring model Amber Valetta shot by celebrated fashion photographer Peter Lindbergh. His black and white images will become legendary, embodying effortless American luxury and the joy of wearing beautiful jewelry.
The first David Yurman flagship store opens on Madison Avenue.
Inspired by a sculpture he created more than 20 years prior, David Yurman designs the Angel pin to benefit Project ALS, which generates over $250,000 for Lou Gehrig's disease.
The David and Sybil Yurman Humanitarian and Arts Foundation is established. David Yurman Angel Awards are presented to individuals who give the gift of time and funding to charity and the arts. Recipients include Steven Spielberg, Elton John, and Leonard Slatkin.
David Yurman SA, a watch company based in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, is established to develop and build all David Yurman timepieces.
The David Yurman headquarters moves to New York's Tribeca neighborhood. An article from Time Magazine's Style & Design supplement lauds the new space.
The Yurman's son, Evan Yurman, joins the company, and soon becomes the head of men's jewelry design.
Kate Moss brings her inimitable charisma to David Yurman's campaigns.
The company celebrates its milestone anniversary with an event, 25 Years of Classic American Design, at the Frick Collection in New York City.
David Yurman opens a flagship boutique on North Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills.
At the World Watch and Jewelry Show in Basel, Switzerland, the David Yurman booth sets a new standard, winning an award for its design.
David Yurman introduces the Wedding Collection: unique engagement rings created with the eye and heart of a sculptor.
David Yurman's first international boutique opens in Hong Kong.
The Classic™ timepiece for men is introduced. The watch features a round case—a first for the designer—in three hand, moon phase, and chronograph movements. The collection will go on to encompass sleek, beautiful designs for women, as well.
Evan Yurman debuts the High Jewelry Collection, one-of-a-kind designs that feature exceptionally rare and exquisite gemstones.
Evan Yurman, David and Sybil's son, celebrates a decade as a key creative leader in the design of the Men's, Wedding, Timepiece, and High Jewelry collections.