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Esther Lewittes Modernist Silver Jewelry

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Esther Lewittes Modernist Silver Jewelry

Seagull brooch pin with cultured pearl. Esther Lewittes Modernist Silver Jewelry

Esther Lewittes Modernist Silver Jewelry

Born in 1904 in New York, Esther Lewittes was a renowned mid-century modernist jewelry designer. Lewittes graduated from Columbia University and studied industrial design at the Art Students League in New York. Noteworthy, she apprenticed with a jeweler who worked for Cartier before opening her own business in California.

Lewittes has made a name for herself not only as an artist and eccentric designer, but also as a gallerist, creating and selling her art works in her gallery in Los Angeles. Also, she sold her work through Georg Jensen in New York and Gumps in San Francisco, among others. Lewittes imbued her pieces with elegance by using cultured pearls, wood, and smoother lines than the average modernist jeweler. Markings on the back traditionally include “Sterling” and “Lewittes” and sometimes “handmade”.

Her designer cufflinks, brooches and earrings often graced exhibitions at the Pasadena Museum of Art in the 1960s and 1970s. After retiring in the late 1970s, Esther Lewittes (Jan 5, 1904 – Oct 1990) moved to her native New York City, where she later died at the age of 86.


Abstract design sterling silver brooch pin

Abstract design brooch pin

Maker's mark

Maker’s mark

Blue enamel sterling silver earrings

Blue enamel sterling silver earrings

Ebony sterling silver cufflinks

Ebony and silver cufflinks

Leaf design sterling silver brooch pin

Leaf design brooch pin

Mid-century modernist sterling silver cufflinks

Mid-century sterling silver cufflinks

Modernist Mid-Century brooch pin with pearls

Modernist brooch pin with pearls

sterling silver cufflinks. 1960s

1960s cufflinks

Oval flower design sterling silver brooch

Oval flower design silver brooch

Rectangle Wood and sterling silver cufflinks. 1960s

Rectangle Wood and sterling silver cufflinks. 1960s

Skiing theme sterling silver brooch

Skiing theme sterling silver brooch

Sterling silver pendant with a dangling pearl charm

Pendant with a dangling pearl charm

Wood and sterling silver cufflinks. 1960s

Wood and sterling silver cufflinks. 1960s

Maker's mark

Maker’s mark