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American jewelry designer Fred Leighton

American jewelry designer Fred Leighton

1985 Brooch. Silver, gold, rubies, emeralds, diamonds, enamel. 7.0 cm. American jewelry designer Fred Leighton

American jewelry designer Fred Leighton
Recognized as “jeweler to the stars”, Fred Leighton was a true legend in the jewelry business. And this is natural, since his jewels shone at the catwalk fashion shows and at the Oscar award ceremony, The Tony Awards and Golden Globes. These jewelry pieces decorated Hollywood divas, such as Charlize Theron and Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman and Sarah Jessica Parker, Carrie Mulligan and Natalie Portman. In fact, the list of star names can be continued indefinitely, because the Fred Leighton brand and Hollywood have become almost synonymous.
The son of an ordinary taxi driver from Bronx, thanks to his incredible insight and ability to sell, managed to turn Fred Leighton in Manhattan into a real trading Mecca for jewelry lovers. The New Yorker newspaper in 2005 wrote that the outside of the store looks like “a huge brooch with precious stones.”

Art Deco' style earrings. Emerald, onyx, diamond. 8cm long

Art Deco’ style earrings. Emerald, onyx, diamond. 8cm long

In general, the history of the Fred Leighton brand begins with the name of Murray Mondschein. Born in Bronx, Murray went to the army after high school. When he returned from military service to New York (1959), he bought a Mexican boutique selling antique items, including silver jewelry on McDougal Street. In 1971, Mondschein renamed it Fred Leighton in honor of the former owner.

American jewelry designer Fred Leighton

Blue earclips. 18 K white gold, turquoise and diamonds

Blue earclips. 18 K white gold, turquoise and diamonds

For months, Mondschein traveled overseas and bought jewelry that once belonged to European aristocrats. By 1974, he began calling himself Fred Leighton and later moved the store to the residential part of the city, where he flourished by selling antique jewelry to wealthy women. Gradually in 1974, the Fred Leighton brand became recognizable and widely known among jewelry connoisseurs.

Cabochon moonstone earclips. 18 K gold, brilliant-cut diamonds, 3.4cm wide

Cabochon moonstone earclips. 18 K gold, brilliant-cut diamonds, 3.4cm wide

Having worked in the jewelry business for more than 40 years, Murray Mondschein died at the age of 85, on July 26, 2017.

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Chandelier earrings. Platinum, pink sapphires, diamonds. 6.9 cm

Chandelier earrings. Platinum, pink sapphires, diamonds. 6.9 cm

Cross pendant. Colored and clear diamond

Cross pendant. Colored and clear diamond

Dragonfly brooch. Diamonds, red spinel, white translucent jade

Dragonfly brooch. Diamonds, red spinel, white translucent jade

Emerald and diamond clip on earrings

Emerald and diamond clip on earrings

Faberge egg style earrings. 14k yellow gold, cabochon ruby, shell. 3.5 cm

Faberge egg style earrings. 14k yellow gold, cabochon ruby, shell. 3.5 cm

Leaf brooch. 18 Karat White Gold and Diamond. David Morris for F. Leighton

Leaf brooch. 18 Karat White Gold and Diamond. David Morris for F. Leighton

Natural shell cabochon corals and gold earclips, circa 1985

Natural shell cabochon corals and gold earclips, circa 1985

Pearl, diamond and gold pendant brooch

Pearl, diamond and gold pendant brooch

Platinum, 18 Karat White Gold, Cultured Pearl and Diamond Earclips

Platinum, 18 Karat White Gold, Cultured Pearl and Diamond Earclips

Seashell shaped turquoise earclips

Seashell shaped turquoise earclips

Turquoise and diamond ring, 18Kt gold

Turquoise and diamond ring, 18Kt gold

White gold and diamond band ring

White gold and diamond band ring

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