Workshop Series: December 2015

 
O S C A R   H E Y M A N 
  W O R K S H O P   S E R I E S :   D E C E M B E R   2 0 1 5 
 
  FISHING FOR HEIRLOOMS
  The Story Behind Oscar Heyman’s Masterfully Rendered
  Jewelry Backs
 
In 1950, a newly made swordfish brooch was a sight to behold: a linear-silhouetted number boasting a hard-to-find belemnite (opalized prehistoric squid), a diamond-encrusted bill, and a gold dorsal fin rivaling the size of a catamaran sail. The piece also held a secret.
 
 
On its underside rested a repeating pattern of hand-engraved scales so lifelike they could inspire one to wrongly recoil in anticipation of a clammy touch. But this fish story is no exaggerated tale of craftsmanship. The Marlin’s back side juxtaposes the centuries-old tradition of hand engraving with modern high-polished gold-a masterful presentation that paved the way for a jolly whale protégé. 

  
 

This blubbery fellow has a Lightning Ridge black opal showing a butterfly pattern and an open mouth poised to make a snack of a smaller peer.
 
 
This piece also shares a literal back story: a carved school of fish gliding leisurely through a pool of yellow gold. 
 
       But why bother with the back-a side no one ever sees?
It’s a hallmark of quality and speaks to the raison d’etre of
Oscar Heyman’s heritage: make it right the first time and you’ll
 have an heirloom your children will fight over, fishermen or not.
 
 
 
ALL IMAGES AND DESIGNS COPYRIGHT © 2015 OSCAR HEYMAN
  
«On the Red Carpet at the Tony Awards Instagram @OscarHeyman: August 2015»