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Mr. David Yurman Mr. David Yurman
The Story of
David Yurman
David and Sybil Yurman as children David and Sybil Yurman as children
1942
The Beginning
David Yurman is born on October 12, 1942
in Manhattan. Sybil Yurman
(née Kleinrock) is born on December 10, 1942 in
the Bronx. Only two months and a few miles
apart, their lives would one
day become intertwined
through love, art, and design.
1953
A Young Thinker
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.
Prehistoric cave painting Prehistoric cave painting
David Yurman in his teenage years David Yurman in his teenage years
1958
Learning to Direct Weld
David spends the summer
before 11th grade in Provincetown, Massachusetts, a destination for bohemians and artists. There, he learns sandal making from Roger Rileau and direct welding – the process of creating 3-dimensional forms from molten metal rods – from sculptor Ernesto Gonzales.
David Yurman with sculptor Jacques Lipchitz David Yurman with sculptor Jacques Lipchitz
Early ‘60s
Free Spirit
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.
Young Sybil Yurman next to one of her early paintings Young Sybil Yurman next to one of her early paintings
1969
A Charmed Meeting
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.
A direct weld sculpture by David Yurman, and a photo of young David Yurman at his workbench A direct weld sculpture by David Yurman, and a photo of young David Yurman at his workbench
1970
Mastering Sculpting
David apprentices with Theodore Roszak, a leading
figure of the Post-World War II New York school
of modern sculpture.
1970s
A Business Begins
A selection of David Yurman’s first necklace for Putnam Art Works A selection of David Yurman’s first necklace for Putnam Art Works
David designs the sculpted bronze Dante necklace as a gift for Sybil. A gallerist falls in love with it and places a few in her gallery.They immediately sell out, launching the Yurman’s first jewelry business.
A selection of David Yurman’s first designs for Putnam Art Works A selection of David Yurman’s first designs for Putnam Art Works
David and Sybil create their earliest collections under the name Putnam Art Works, selling them at arts and crafts fairs around the country.
1979
Partners for Life
A platinum and diamond engagement ring A platinum and diamond engagement ring
On September 27, 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.
1980
Birth of the Brand
A photo and sketch of a gold Starlight necklace A photo and sketch of a gold Starlight necklace
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.
A pearl and gemstone necklace A pearl and gemstone necklace
1981
Pearl of a Design
David is awarded Designer of the Year by the
Cultured Pearl Associations
of America and Japan.
David Yurman with his son Evan as a baby David Yurman with his son Evan as a baby
1982
A New Generation
Evan Yurman is born on January 31. From a very young age, he shows an aptitude and love for design.
A sterling silver Cable bracelet A sterling silver Cable bracelet
1983
A Design Icon
David Yurman introduces the first Cable bracelet. The Cable motif soon becomes the connecting element in every DY collection.
A sketch of the first Cable bracelet A sketch of the first Cable bracelet
1987
A Grand Debut
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.
Sterling silver bracelets Sterling silver bracelets
1997
Silver Ice
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.
Sterling silver and gold Cable watch Sterling silver and gold Cable watch
The Yurmans introduce the Cable Watch Collection® with the intention to design a “bracelet that tells time.” All David Yurman timepieces are produced in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland.
1999
The First Boutique
The first David Yurman flagship store opens on Madison Avenue.
A David Yurman boutique A David Yurman boutique
A sterling silver pin A sterling silver pin
1999
Design for a Cause
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 Gherig’s disease.
Sterling silver and gold Classic watch Sterling silver and gold Classic watch
2003
A Timely Expansion
David Yurman SA, a watch company based in la Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, is established to develop and build all David Yurman timepieces.
Newspaper clipping of the Yurman’s Newspaper clipping of the Yurman’s
The David Yurman headquarters moves
to New York’s Tribeca neighborhood. An article from Time Magazine’s Style & Design supplement lauds the new space.
Evan, David and Sybil Yurman Evan, David and Sybil Yurman
Evan Yurman, David and Sybil’s son, celebrates a decade at the brand collaborating on the design of Men’s, Wedding, Timepiece, and High Jewelry collections.
Cable motif Cable motif
2005
A Major Birthday
The company celebrates its milestone anniversary with an event, 25 Years of Classic American Design, at the Frick Collection in New York City.
2006
L.A. Times
David Yurman opens a flagship boutique on North Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills.
Interior of David Yurman boutique Interior of David Yurman boutique
Platinum and diamond engagement ring Platinum and diamond engagement ring
Platinum and diamond engagement ring and diamonds Platinum and diamond engagement ring and diamonds
2006
The Art of Love
David Yurman introduces the Wedding Collection: unique engagement rings created with the eye and heart of a sculptor.
David Yurman timepiece David Yurman timepiece
2009
Time, Designed
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.
2010
Grand Openings
Façade of a David Yurman boutique Façade of a David Yurman boutique
David Yurman celebrates its 30-year anniversary with the opening of the Townhouse, its new flagship boutique on Madison Avenue. The five-story converted townhouse honors the brand’s dedication to beautiful design and craftsmanship, from the Cable-inspired staircase to door handles hand-sculpted by David Yurman himself.
Sterling silver and diamond starburst designs Sterling silver and diamond starburst designs
This year also marks the debut of a David Yurman boutique in Paris. When they visit for the opening, David and Sybil witness a spectacular fireworks display over the Eiffel Tower. This is the genesis of the Starburst Collection.
2010
The Ultimate Jewels
Evan Yurman debuts the High Jewelry Collection, one-of-a-kind designs that feature exceptionally rare and exquisite gemstones.
David Yurman High Jewelry cuff David Yurman High Jewelry cuff
Picture of Evan Yurman at work Picture of Evan Yurman at work
2013
The Son Rises
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.