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Paul Voltaire modernist silver jewelry

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Paul Voltaire modernist silver jewelry

Heart brooch pendant. 1950s. Paul Voltaire modernist silver jewelry

Paul Voltaire modernist silver jewelry
Born November 7, 1917 in Vienna, Austrian metallurgical engineer Paul Voltaire moved to New York during World War II. In the mid-1940s, he joined the artists, becoming one of the founders of the Craftsmen’s Equity, known today as the American Craft Council. Starting to create his own designer jewelry, already in 1949 he opened his own store in New York’s Greenwich Village.
Traditionally, Voltaire used various metals such as silver, brass, gold, copper and steel. He marked his jewelry with the full name “Paul Voltaire”, with two triangles around the edges of the name Paul. Today, Voltaire’s pieces are extremely rare and highly collectible.
Handcrafted, his jewelry was not only unique but also beautiful, a wearable art that did not go unnoticed. So, many fashion magazines, including Look, Vogue and Glamour, published images of his abstract jewelry. The successful family business of Voltaire and his wife expanded with the opening of other stores. Specifically, New Hope, Pennsylvania, Woodstock, New York, and New Milford, Litchfield County, Connecticut (his final place of residence).
Unfortunately, the designer died at the age of 61, in February 1979.

1950s modernist silver necklace

1950s modernist silver necklace

Maker's mark

Maker’s mark

Fish brooch. Sterling silver wire. 1960s

Fish brooch. Sterling silver wire. 1960s

Heart-shaped sterling pendant

Heart-shaped sterling pendant

Leaf sterling silver brooch

Leaf sterling silver brooch

Sterling silver pendant

Sterling silver pendant

Maker's mark

Maker’s mark