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4/16/2010 Vol. , Issue 3 Contact Us

The El Paso Museum of Art announces

“The Art of Creating Heirloom Jewels Since 1912”

a lecture by Adam Heyman

                                                                   Principle of Oscar Heyman Brothers, New York                                                            

Thursday, April 29, 2010 

In conjunction with the Bedazzled: 5,000 Years of Jewelry exhibition, El Paso Museum of Art presents “The Art of Creating Heirloom Jewels Since 1912”, a lecture by Adam Heyman, Principle of Oscar Heyman Brothers, New York. This lecture is generously supported by Susan Eisen Fine Jewelry & Watches.

Thursday, April 29, 2010 -    RSVP for cocktail reception required by April 27.


6:15 pm - 7:00 pm:   $15 pre-lecture cocktail reception with the speaker

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm:   FREE Lecture in the El Paso Energy Auditorium

8:15 pm – 8:45 pm:  FREE admission to Bedazzled exhibit for lecture attendees


Parking is available at the Convention Center or Camino Real for a small fee.  Free parking is available at the City Hall parking lot on Santa Fe Street.


Oscar Heyman Brothers

Well-known in the jewelry industry for fine quality and craftsmanship, Oscar Heyman Brothers (OHB) has created masterpieces for retailers such as Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Tiffany’s.  OHB, a firm of master jewelry artisans, has been widely referred to as ‘simply the finest’ for over 95 years.


Oscar Heyman Brothers, founded in 1912, is a New York manufacturer of the very finest precious stone jewelry; one of a handful of family-owned shops still dedicated to European-style craftsmanship and "by hand" fabrication.


The family of six brothers and three sisters emigrated from Latvia in the early 1900\\'s. Having apprenticed at a Faberge workshop in Russia, two of the brothers had extensive experience with platinum, a new metal at that time. Another brother was skilled at tool making. Together, they were able to establish a company where quality could be monitored at all stages. They created inventions that led to seven patents. 


To this day, the firm continues to make its own tools, alloy its own platinum and gold as well as design and create each piece of jewelry to demanding specifications.


Their unparalled skill and sophisticated use of precious stones continues to garner much praise and success.  Always at the forefront of jewelry design, their designs stand the test of time.  href= target=_blank>


About the speaker:

Adam Heyman has been traveling to the Far East for the past thirty four years in search of the rarest gemstones. India, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Hong Kong are all on his frequent itineraries in his pursuit of the finest rubies, emeralds, sapphires and other exotic jewels.


His family business, Oscar Heyman Brothers, is celebrating its ninety eighth year in producing the finest and most exquisite jewelry for Cartier, Tiffany, Harry Winston, Bvlgari and Neiman Marcus.  And in turn, its creations have adorned such notables as Elizabeth Taylor, Laura Bush, Jacqueline Kennedy, and Audrey Hepburn. 


The firm’s origins are traced back to the renowned Russian house of Faberge where at the end of the last century his uncles Oscar and Nathan apprenticed for five years. In 1906, they brought their skills to New York where Oscar Heyman Brothers was founded in 1912.


Today, Adam designs all the firm’s creations which he often has sketched out on his way home from the remote mining areas of Sri Lanka and Thailand.


Bedazzled Exhibition Sponsors: Susan Eisen Fine Jewelry and Watches, County of El Paso, El Paso Museum of Art Foundation, Kemp Smith, United Freedom Associates, Inc., Bank of the West, South Texas Money Management, Ltd., and Shiloff Family Foundation.


Featured Images:

Diamond necklace, 69.42 carats central stone purchased by Richard Burton for Elizabeth Taylor, with 67 pear-shaped diamonds. Cartier commissioned OHB to create the necklace.