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John Lewis vintage silver jewelry

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John Lewis vintage silver jewelry

Modernist sterling silver circle pin. 1960s. John Lewis vintage silver jewelry

John Lewis vintage silver jewelry
Born in 1932 in Weston, Massachusetts, John Lewis grew up in the family of Professor Frank M. Lewis and Marie Eckes Lewis. A gifted jewelry designer, he began creating modernist silver jewelry in the early 1950s. After marrying in 1955, he and his wife Louise embarked on a multi-year journey around the world. After returning in the 1960s, John and Louise started their family business by opening a store in Ogunquit, Maine.

However, in the early 1970s they moved to his native Massachusetts, opening their store on Newbury Street in Boston. The business was quite successful and the shop closed its doors only a few month before the death of its founder. The father of two daughters, John Lewis died on Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019 at the age of 87.
Traditionally, the designer stamped his solid textured pieces in a modernist style with the crossed JL (John Lewis). Today, his pieces are rare and highly sought after by collectors.
Supported by his wife, Lewis made his mark not only in the jewelry art, but also in environmental protection, having worked at the Boston Environmental Protection Commission for more than 40 years. He also took an interest in music, supporting the Boston Early Music Festival, the Cambridge Early Music Society and the Vivaldi Edition recording project in Paris.

Flower sterling silver pin brooch. 1960s

Flower sterling silver pin brooch. 1960s

Maker's mark

Maker’s mark

John Lewis vintage silver jewelry

1970s sterling silver ring

1970s sterling silver ring

Bar brooch. Textured sterling silver

Vintage Bar brooch. Textured sterling silver

Fish shaped sterling silver mid-century brooch pin

Fish shaped sterling silver mid-century brooch pin

Hammered Sterling Silver Abstract Bangle Bracelet

Hammered Sterling Silver Abstract Bangle Bracelet

Mid-century circles within large circle sterling silver brooch

Mid-century circles within large circle sterling silver brooch

Sterling silver modernist brooch pin. 1950s

Sterling silver modernist brooch pin. 1960s

Teardrop shapes sterling silver brooch

Teardrop shapes sterling silver brooch

Maker's mark

Maker’s mark