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18 K gold, diamond, pearls, lapis pendant brooch. Arthur King fine jewelry

18 K gold, diamond, pearls, lapis pendant brooch. Arthur King fine jewelry

Arthur King fine jewelry
Born in New York in 1921, Arthur Henry King was a self-taught jeweler who favored free form over “correct” classical design. A World War II veteran, King learned the lost art of wax casting while working on scrap metal abroad. It was there that he decided to connect his life with jewelry, making the first piece of jewelry from metal and sharks’teeth. After leaving the Navy, Arthur King returned to his native New York, where he opened his shop on 4th Street in Greenwich Village in the 1950s. Due to the popularity of his products, the business expanded with increased sales in major department stores and boutiques both in the US and European capitals. Already in the 1960s, he had about twenty jewelry boutiques with beautiful interiors.
Initially working in brass and silver, he later began using gold and palladium. Alongside rough organically shaped semi-precious stones he began using diamonds and other precious gems. His innovative freeform styles included organic materials, such as ivory, corals, and his favorite pearls. Noteworthy, during his travel to Thailand, Myanmar, and India he used to hunt for pearls himself engaged in deep-sea diving. Also, he was a collector of antiques, from medieval surgical instruments to ancient keys and locks.
Along with women’s brooches, necklaces and pendants, King created men’s jewelry collections. Greatly influenced by abstract painters of the 1950s and ‘60s, King sculpted his work, and was called a sculptor in gold. However, after sculpting and casting, he destroyed the mold, wanting each piece to be unique.
Arthur King died in 1991, and his manufacture and remaining shops ceased to exist.

Baroque grey cultured pearl earrings. 18 K gold, diamonds

Baroque grey cultured pearl earrings. 18 K gold, diamonds

Maker’s mark

Maker’s mark

Arthur King fine jewelry

Opal and diamond pendant brooch and earrings in 18 K yellow gold

Opal and diamond pendant brooch and earrings in 18 K yellow gold

Coral 18 K gold brooch

Coral 18 K gold brooch

Tumbled ruby, quartz, 14K gold and diamond ring

Tumbled ruby, quartz, 14K gold and diamond ring

Sterling and large amethyst brooch pin

Sterling and large amethyst brooch pin

Rough diamond, diamond, and gold pendant

Rough diamond, diamond, and gold pendant

Sapphire Diamond Yellow Gold Brooch Pin circa 1960s

Pearl Sapphire Diamond Yellow Gold Brooch Pin circa 1960s

Opal and diamond pendant brooch in 18 K yellow gold

Opal and diamond pendant brooch in 18 K yellow gold

Emerald, diamond, and gold ring

Emerald, diamond, and gold ring

Nugget textured cufflinks. 18 K yellow gold. Handcrafted in New York, 1960’s

Nugget textured cufflinks. 18 K yellow gold. Handcrafted in New York, 1960’s

Maker’s mark

Maker’s mark

Trademark

Trademark