Museum of Fine Arts Boston Debuts Book Exploring History
of Oscar Heyman Jewelers
In April 2017, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) published a book they wrote and researched on Oscar Heyman’s contribution to 20th century American jewelry. One of the book’s authors, Yvonne Markowitz, the Rita J. Kaplan and Susan B. Kaplan Curator Emerita of Jewelry, purchased a fifty-carat carved emerald brooch at TEFAF Maastrich in 2007 for the museum’s permanent collection. It was determined to have been made by Oscar Heyman for famed retailer Marcus & Company when a design for the brooch was located in our archives. The brooch, owned originally by Marjorie Merriweather Post, is featured on the book’s cover.
The title Oscar Heyman: The Jewelers’ Jeweler references the name the jewelry trade gave to the company following the 1939 World’s Fair, as Oscar Heyman had created jewelry for the displays of four out of the five jewelers. It is a name that we continue to hold proudly today.