Alfred Karram modernist silver jewelry
Alfred Karram modernist silver jewelry (1956-1984)
Renowned New York jewelry designer Alfred Karram (1932–2017) founded Karram 57 Inc in 1956 and opened a store on 57th Street and Madison. His store offered bold modernist pieces ranging from $50 to $100 that appealed to an audience of all ages. The designer was especially pleased that very young people were fans of his work.
In September 1970 he founded Alfred Karram Inc registered at the address 366 5th Avenue, New York. Among the most notable collections created by Karram in the 1970s were “Nugget Block” (1976) and “Cubic Designs” (1978).
Handcrafting his necklaces, bracelets and brooches, Alfred traditionally used silver and gold, as well as freshwater pearls and natural stones – turquoise, tiger’s eye, etc. The designer often combined a smooth polished surface with textured and hammered. Traditionally, he labeled his works “Karram’s” and “Sterling”.
Remarkably, Karram had no formal jewelry training, but his impressive geometric designs still adorn the permanent collections of art and design museums in Boston and New York.
Fascinated by architecture and design, Alfred Karram sold his jewelry business in New York and moved to Florida. His company Alfred Karram Inc ceased to exist in 1984.